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Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS), National Central Library of Taiwan, the Sino-Nordic Gender Studies Network and Taiwan Feminist Scholars Association invites you to join 

Gendering Transformations Conference

Feminist Knowledge Production and Trans/national Activist Engagement 
~ 28-31 October

The Gendering Transformations: Feminist Knowledge Production and Trans/national Activist Engagement is also the 7th Sino-Nordic Gender Studies Network Conference and focuses on the strategies for and complexities in feminist transformative practices at local, regional, national and transnational levels.

Critical engagements with the possibilities and limitations of transformation – of differences that make a difference – through intersectional perspectives are important and timely in the face of a series of global challenges and crises such as economic and ecological crisis, refugee crisis, ageing society, increased inequalities and polarization of the society. It is crucial to ask not only the how of the transformations, but also who are the driving forces behind the transformations, and how the feminist movements are positioned in these transformations from different geopolitical locations. To address these questions, continued discussions on the relationship and dynamics between feminist academic and activist practices are necessary. The aim of the conference is thus to explore the complexities of power relations at work in the multiple modalities of feminist academic and activist engagements.

The programme of the conference includes keynote speeches, roundtable discussions, thematic plenary sessions, individual paper discussions as well as an online exhibition.

Keynote speeches:

Raising Global Families: A Relational Analysis of Fatherhoods in Migration Contexts
Pei-chia Lan, Distinguished Professor, Department of Sociology, National Taiwan University, and Director, Global Asia Research Center, College of Social Science, National Taiwan University

Feminism Going Global, from the South
Raewyn Connell, Professor Emerita, University of Sydney

Sustainable Libraries leaving no one behind
Glòria Pérez-Salmerón, Diputació de Barcelona, Stichting IFLA Global Libraries Foundation Chair, Former Director of the National Library of Spain (BNE)


  • The Biopolitics of Masculinities: Becoming a Good Citizen in Nordic and Chinese Societies
  • Women in Public: Gender, Politics and Society in Chinese History, Seventh to Twentieth Centuries
  • Transversal Biopolitics: Evolution, Assemblage, and Healing
  • Premodern Royal Ladies in Japan and Beyond: Premier Royal Ladies (Nyoin) in Medieval Times, 1000-1300
  • Feminine Struggles: Writing as a Weapon to Fight in the Invisible War
  • Negotiating Post/socialism: Women and Feminism in post-1949 China

Roundtable discussion:

Feminist Alliances, Situated Knowledges and Intellectual Empowerment: A Discussion with Feminist Readings Network

Plenary Session speeches

  • Geopolitics of Gender, Sexuality, and Kinship
    • Rethinking Intersectionality through the Colonial Modern Gendered Subject
    • Privileged Hyper-awareness and Paralysis: Feminist Orientations around Whiteness in North of Europe
  • Gender and Populism
    • Feminist Positioning in a Time of Shifting Geopolitical Terrains
    • Populism and Anti-gender Mobilization in Europe


  • Policing and Inhabiting Marginal Spaces
  • Memory, Knowledge, and Activism
  • Mediating Feminist Compositions
  • Women in Wars and Revolutions
  • Mapping Feminist Knowledge Production and Translation
  • Work, Empowerment, and Violence
  • Trans/Gender, LGBT, Family and State
  • Gender Discourses on Embodied Experiences
  • Transnational Networks of Supports and Consumptions
  • Gender in Chinese Literature
  • Narrating and Situating LGBT/Gender in Education
  • Women and Political Activism

The full program of the conference can be found here
Participation is free but registration is required.

Conference website


  • National Central Library, Taiwan
  • NIAS – Nordic Institute of Asian Studies
  • Taiwanese Feminist Scholars Association
  • Sino-Nordic Gender Studies Network

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