Gender and Culture in China

Talk in the Danish-Chinese Association by Denise Gimpel

Denise Gimpel is associate professor in China Studies at the University of Copenhagen. Her research focuses on Chinese literature, history, bodies and gender.

Denise Gimpel will give the talk in English.

„According to French thinker Michel Foucault bodies are the „inscribed surface of events". In other words, history writes itself and shows itself on our bodies. Each culture therefore has its own story to write on its members' bodies and therefore bodies are one of the places in which we notice others' difference very quickly: they leave the door open when they use the toilet, we close it; they don't shave their armpits, we do. In the short talk I would like to
a) offer some examples of how and why history was written on Chinese men's and women's bodies and
b) insist that the definition of civilised behaviour is not the right of the West".

Time: 7 December 2011, 19.30
Forsamlingshuset, Kulturstaldene, Onkel Dannys Plads, Halmtorvet 13,
1700 Copenhagen V
Entrance: Members of Dansk-Kinesisk Forening 20 kr., others 30 kr.

Dansk-Kinesisk Forening