8-10 July 2009
THE CONFERENCE IS NOW OVER and it was an amazing international event, both challenging and hopeful. Gabriele, Stevi, Ann and all the CWS students would like to thank everyone who took part and who made this such a momentous and thought-provoking occassion.
Gendering East/West addressed the shift in feminist theory from understanding gender as state to gender as process. This shift has been accompanied by an increasing sense of the need for dialogue about the ways in which gender is articulated, embodied and enacted within and across different cultural, social, political and economic locations. Such dialogue may operate within regions, prompted, for instance, by engagement with diverse migrant groups, or across regions, e.g. in the examining of questions of modernity in India, Japan, Turkey or Iran compared to the UK. How do East and West engage with each other as power balances are shifting, and what role does gender play in this engagement? How is gender (re)figured in the east and in the west as a function of changes in these localities, and in the relations between them?