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A Works-in-Process lunch discussion with Hsiao-wen Cheng
  • Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

GSWS Conference Room, 3810 Walnut


Knowing Women: Medicine, Religion, and Female Sexuality in Medieval China

Hsiao-wen Cheng, East Asian Languages and Civilizations: "This book project examines the attempts (including women's own) to know women's bodies, desires, and experiences, the efforts to turn individual experiences -- especially those inexplicable and even mystic ones -- into shared knowledge, as well as the dynamic interaction of those attempts. I look into the heterogeneity, contradiction, and innovation in such knowledge construction on the one hand, and the frustration, negotiation, and transformation of the men and women involved on the other. The focus is on social and intellectual changes during the Song period (960-1279)."



Beth Linker, Associate Professor, History and Sociology of Science
Josephine Park, Associate Professor, English