WREAC 'Generation Workshop

When:  21 June 2011, 12.00h - 18.00h
Where:  Room G.03, 20 Cromer Terrace, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT
Event type:  WREAC Workshop

With rapid economic developments, social transformations in East Asian countries have occurred in a relatively short period of time in comparison in Europe and North America. This makes issues of 'generation' particularly pertinent in the field of East Asia Studies, and more importantly, suggests possibilities of making meaningful contributions to the development of theoretical discussions.

The Second World War, the Allied Occupation Japan, revolutions in for example China and Vietnam, the Korean war, independence struggles and the achievement of independence, industrialisation and political social and economic reform all created watersheds in the history of East Asian countries that meant the experience and outlook of each successive generation often differed profoundly from those of their parents. Most recently, from 2007 the Global Financial Crisis has generated a socio-political environment in which young people's experiences of education, finding jobs, building up careers and forming families are again sharply divided from those of the previous generations. Today, many young people take to the streets to express their anger and frustration and 'youth issues' have become a hot topic among policy-making elites, journalists and social scientists.

The workshop is an attempt to approach social transformations in East Asia through the lens of 'generations'.
12.00-12.25:  Sandwich Lunch (Boardroom, 14 Cromer Terrace)
(note tea and coffee will be provided in room G.03)
12.25-12.30:  Welcome and Introduction, Professor Delia Davin
Ruth Pearson, Professor of International Development
School of Politics and International Studies (POLIS), University of Leeds
'Who cares? Struggles of Burmese migrant workers in Thailand over childcare and citizenship '
Heather Zhang, Department of East Asian Studies, University of Leeds
'Entrepreneurship and risk: A story of a migratory family enterprise on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau'
Chair: Delia Davin, Emeritus Professor of Chinese Studies, University of Leeds
13.30 -14.30
Jane Caple, PhD candidate, White Rose East Asia Centre/East Asian Studies, University of Leeds
'Generations, authority and social change: the negotiation of 'tradition' and 'modernity' in the revival and development of Tibetan Buddhist monasticism in contemporary China'
Mark McLeister, PhD candidate, White Rose East Asia Centre/School of East Asian Studies, University of Sheffield
'Inter-generational interactions and the expansion of the Protestant church in coastal Huabei'
Chair: Heather Zhang, Department of East Asian Studies, University of Leeds
Paola Cavaliere, PhD candidate, School of East Asian Studies, University of Sheffield
'Women's action in Japanese faith-based volunteer groups: a generational approach'
Kamila Szczepanska, PhD Candidate, School of East Asian Studies, University of Sheffield
'Bringing the legacy of Ienaga Saburo's struggle to next generations: Children and Textbooks Japan Network 21'
Chair: Hiroko Takeda, School of East Asian Studies, University of Sheffield
15.30 -16.00   Tea break
Marjorie Dryburgh, School of East Asian Studies, University of Sheffield
'Generations of memory: narrating colonial and wartime childhoods in contemporary China'
Rodanthi Tzanelli, Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies, School of Sociology and Social Policy
'Memory Artscapes: Utopian travel and pilgrimage in Yimou Zhang's and Ai Weiwei's artwork'
Chair: Jane Caple, PhD student, White Rose East Asia Centre, University of Leeds
Anna Madill, Institute of Psychological Sciences, University of Leeds
'Herbivore boys and carnivore girls: Boys' Love manga and its connection to changing gender characterisation in Japan'
Joanna Elfving-Hwang, Junior Professor of Korean Culture and Society, Director of Korean Studies, Interdisciplinary Centre for East Asian Studies, Frankfurt University
''Soft' Masculinities in Contemporary South Korean Popular Culture'
Chair: Jieyu Liu, East Asian Studies, White Rose East Asia Centre, University of Leeds
For further information on this conference, its themes and participation, please contact the organiser, Jenni Rauch