Women and Gender in Chinese Studies Network: Minutes of
General Meeting, 2002
Minutes of the WAGNet meeting held on August 27,
2002, at the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow, during the XIV EACS
Chair: Cecilia Milwertz Minutes: Anne Gerritsen
Website. Maria Jaschok introduced some
of the recent thoughts and plans related to the WAGNet website, and
proposed the following ideas to the meeting:
If members would be interested in a "virtual
seminar", the website
developer (Fiona Moore) could receive papers, and put them up on the
website as .pdf files. This would allow members to share their work,
exchange comments and feedback, and engage in an active dialogue.
In response to several requests, any submitted
papers and the ensuing
discussions would be password protected, and hence only available to
To increase the number of links available from
the website, members
were asked to send any suggestions they might have for interesting and
useful sites. Members were also asked to put a link to the WAGNet
website on their own homepages.
To make the site really work in terms of members
finding out about
shared interests and current research projects, we need more 'keywords'
for each member. Please add as many terms and keywords as possible
under the heading 'research interests' under your personal details.
All members are invited to use the site to
new publications, to share readings lists and syllabi, and to make any
other useful announcements.
Funding. Anne Gerritsen discussed the
issue of funding for the network:
The network has already received a grant of
£5000 from the University of Warwick. This money will allow
us to pay for continued website management, and for a steering group
meeting held at Warwick. A condition of this grant is that a
substantial funding application is made within one year.
In the coming months, plans will be developed to
an application at the Leverhulme Trust.
Members were asked to communicate to us if they
any experience of funding applications they might be willing to share,
or know of any possible sources of funding at their own institutions
and in their own countries.
Panel convenors for upcoming conferences.
Members were asked if they were interested in acting as panel convenors
for upcoming conferences in Singapore (ICAS 2003) and Heidelberg (EACS
Mechthild Leutner suggested a focus on social
history from a gender
perspective for the Heidelberg conference. Mechthild Leutner and Nicola
Spakowski agreed to act as joint-convenors for the Women and Gender
section at this conference.
If members not present in Moscow are interested
attending ICAS III in Singapore, and might be willing to represent
WAGNet there, please let us know!
The problems of timing and scheduling at the
conference were noted, and every attempt will be made to avoid this at
Graduate workshops on women and gender.
the successful workshop on women and gender held in Leiden under the
guidance of Harriet Zurndorfer several years ago, Harriet proposed to
hold further workshops of this nature.
Maria Jaschok proposed that Oxford host such a
post-graduate workshop in the future. This offer was gratefully
accepted, and Maria and Harriet will work on this together.
Steering group. It was decided that in order
facilitate organisational matters and to delegate tasks and projects to
suitable persons, it would be useful to have a steering group. It was
decided that this would initially consist of Maria Jaschok, Cecilia
Milwertz, Nicola Spakowski, Harriet Zurndorfer, and Anne Gerritsen.
Fiona Moore, in her capacity as website developer, would also be part
of this group.
It was decided that WAGNet meetings would be held
at all EACS
Maria announced that Nora Sausmikat will post a
on the "women and gender" section at the conference on the website. Any
papers that received less than due attention due to the scheduling
problems could also be posted on the website.
Mechthild announced that Berliner Chinahaefte
could be a forum for the
presentation of conference reports and reviews of books.