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GENDER DYNAMICS IN THE 21st CENTURY: Gender, Class, Culture in a Globalizing World

NIAS researchers Min Dongchao and Cecilia Milwertz attended the symposium GENDER DYNAMICS IN THE 21st CENTURY: Gender, Class, Culture in a Globalizing World at the Nordic Centre, Fudan University in Shanghai on the 23th of October 2013. The theme of the symposium reflected that gender studies are becoming more complex while aiming at including intersecting themes, such as ethnicities, class, age, sexuality. The symposium's ambition was to bring scholars from Denmark and China together to exchange knowledge and research interests on the intersecting fields of gender, class and culture studies. Five sessions with a total of 13 speakers were held during the one day symposium. And themes such as legal and social activism, welfare and environment, globalization, new ways of doing middle-class as well as family structures, gender roles and identities, were presented, compared and discussed from Eastern and Western perspectives. The symposium will be followed up by the establishment  of educational and faculty exchange programs between the University of Copenhagen, Peking University, and Fudan University. Moreover, a  research network will be set up  and a selection of papers from the symposium will be published in a coming volume of the gender research journal Kvinder, Køn & Forskning (Women, Gender & Research). The plan is to publish the volume in  2014 in English and possibly also in Chinese. The symposium was co-organized by Hilda Rømer Christensen for  the Co-ordination for Gender Research and the Center for Legal Culture, the University of Copenhagen.  The symposium was made possible through funding and support from the Nordic Centre, Fudan University, the Sino-Danish Center, Beijing and the Department of Sociology, the University of Copenhagen.