Women and Gender in
Chinese Studies Network: Minutes of
Steering Committee Meeting, 2006
of the WAGNet meeting, held on January 28th,
2006 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Denise Gimpel (Chair)-DG, Marianne
Hester-MH, Maria Jaschok-MJ, Nicola Spakowski-NSp, Cecilia Milwertz-CM,
Anne Gerritsen (minutes)-AG.
Red Chan (RC), Fiona Moore (FM)
the steering group
what it means to be on the steering group.
The discussion clarified some of the history of WAGNet, which grew out
of a desire to make gender more visible among researchers who work on
China, particularly at meetings of the European Association of China
Studies (EACS). The general consensus was that the steering group
generates ideas and initiatives, and seeks to involve the membership to
current membership of the steering group,
and decided to keep it as is (i.e. MJ, CM, MH, NSp, DG, AG, FM, RC). In
the near future it may be possible to extend membership with an eastern
The main tasks
of the steering group include:
other bodies, including EACS.
of graduate workshops.
of the WAGNet website and listserv.
review journal (WAGRev, see below)
between WAGNet and other professional bodies.
the relationship between WAGNet and EACS.
Although there is no officially established link, we see EACS as an
important site for communication and interaction with others interested
in China, and for raising awareness of and support for women and gender
steering group would like to continue to be
involved in the choice of convenors for the gender panels at EACS
that the two steering group members on the
EACS Board will ask for a slot on the official schedule for the
conference for the WAGNet meeting (lunchtime). Making that request, and
having that noted in the minutes will help to raise awareness on the
Board of WAGNet’s existence and its activities.
that one of the aims of WAGNet is to create
awareness of the field of women and gender in other professional bodies
and organisations. One way of realising this is to have a set item for
a WAGNet (steering group) meeting agenda entitled
‘relationship with other professional bodies’
(EACS, ICAS, AAS, Chinese networks?)
discussed the history of our WAGNet
workshops, and outlined the current situation. Despite our attempts to
secure contacts in Budapest and other East-European locations, we have
sadly not been successful. In the long term, we would still like to
pursue these contacts, but for now, the steering group decided to make
concrete plans for a workshop to be held in 2007 in Copenhagen or
we decided on the following actions:
look into the possibility of organising
this in Copenhagen, check the implications for visas and possibilities
for funding (NORPLUS, CCK), and gauge departmental support.
look into Bremen if Copenhagen proves not
Rachel Murphy will look into possibilities
before, RC will share her extensive files on
previous experiences, we noted the following
to ask senior discussants to offer
complete and written comments on the papers.
be worthwhile considering the scheduling
of more time for general discussion, or some presentation on
methodology from the discussants, perhaps using a central text. There
was also some suggestion of ‘writing workshops’.
has always been excellent feedback on the
collegial and non-hierarchical way of all interactions at the workshops.
initiative to create an online Review
Journal is now taking concrete shape. The name for this will be in full
Gender in Chinese Studies Review,
and for short WAGRev.
serve as the WAGRev editor, and RC has offered
her support. NSp’ term as editor will be for one year, and
then the steering group will appoint the next editor.
will remain with the authors of the
articles. We accept that this means authors can submit them elsewhere.
will be a notification on the WAGRev webpage
indicating that the views of the authors are not necessarily those of
WAGNet or its steering committee.
will be ordered chronologically, and
retrievable from the archive through keyword searches.
reviews are posted, there will be an online
location for comment and discussion on that specific review. Comments
will be delivered to NSp first, to ensure basic rules of polite
interaction are preserved.
of the posting of a new review will
be sent to the listserv, with an embedded link to the WAGRev section of
decided already to have English and
Chinese as review languages. Non-native speaker submissions will need
checking: RC can check Chinese submissions for acceptability, and DG
for English. We will not do any substantial copy-editing.
meeting in Ljubljana will be a good
opportunity to announce WAGRev. Perhaps a flyer should be made for
distribution and display.
contact publishers (US, China, UK, Germany
etc.) so they know about WAGRev and consider sending us titles for
contact FM about technicalities. She will
also oversee the writing of an announcement of the project in English
will prepare a page with guidelines (in
Chinese and English) on how to submit reviews. We decided on max. 800
words for review of a monograph, max. 500 words for reviews of
articles, and max. 3000 words for ‘state of the
general we are delighted with the number of
members (270!) and the volume of messages sent out. MJ, FM, and our
WAGNet colleague in Hong Kong, Yuen-ting Lee, do wonderful work in
creating and maintaining this resource for everyone. There are,
however, some possible ways of improving what we do, and we discussed
explore the possibilities with FM to create
a questionnaire to find out some more information about WAGNet website
and listserv usage.
talk to FM about the website. They will
some of the unused sections such as
a counter to keep track of number of
a ‘signature’ to
each WAGNet listserv. message, reminding members of how to send a
message to the WAGNet listsev.
all try to expand the number of
contributors to the listserv., especially colleagues based in Asia.
Specifically the following names were mentioned as those who could
report back, with the initials of the person contacting them: Clara Ho
(MJ), Nora Sausmikat (MJ), Yi Chou-lan (MJ), Cai Yiping (CM), and
several other colleagues in China (CM).
promised to make announcements for the Bristol
Chinese Studies activities on the Listserv.
a reminder of the WAGNet meeting at the
next EACS conference to the Listserv.
FM about putting a direct link to the
EACS conference site on the WAGNet website.
WAGNet meeting will be organised by the
WAGNet steering group members participating in the Ljubljana
conference, and open to all interested in WAGNet.
steering group meeting should be held in
Ljubljana after the general WAGNet meeting, and before everyone
disperses to their own institutions.
long term, we hope to continue to grow, to
involve more members in our activities, and to create awareness of and
support for women and gender in Chinese Studies.