Producing the ‘New’ Asian Woman: Entanglements of Urban area, Cultural Encounters and Gendered Identities in Shanghai and Delhi (SINGLE)

Producing the ‘New’ Asian Woman: Entanglements of Urban area, Cultural Encounters and Gendered Identities in Shanghai and Delhi (SINGLE)


Jeroen de Kloet (PI)

People in the research team. Description associated with the research programme for the research team

Jeroen de Kloet Penn Ip Prof. Christiane Brosius (Heidelberg University, Germany, undertaking Leader) Dr. Melissa Butcher (Open University, UK, PI) Laila Abu-Er-Rub (Heidelberg University) Lucie Bernoider (Heidelberg University) Pi Chenying (Heidelberg University & University of Amsterdam) Maddalena Chiellini (Open University)

SOLITARY is just a project funded by the HERA scheme associated with the European Union, it handles the representation of solitary feamales in Asia Shanghai that is Asia (Delhi). The context of metropolitan change in both nations is allowing the forming of brand brand new geographies that are cultural biographies for single ladies. SOLITARY makes use of ethnographic, mobile and methodologies that are visual explore these concerns, documenting the experiences of solitary ladies in Delhi and Shanghai being indicative of wider social and demographic transformations, and set within wider debates of social encounter, world metropolitan areas and globalisation. The task is designed to expand work in the Digital Humanities, utilizing a state-of-the-art online platform for both analysis plus the creation of an interactive general public gallery. Artistic techniques are main for this ongoing work and collaboration with designers in Shanghai and Delhi will culminate in public areas occasions in Shanghai, Delhi and Amsterdam.

Envisaged outcomes. Work time and plan routine

15 log articles 4 PhD dissertations 1 Edited amount 1 Monograph

2013: starting seminar. 2014: workshop Digital Humanities. 2014: seminar at Fei modern Art Center, Shanghai; three months fieldwork for PhD, four weeks fieldwork for research affiliate, preparation of two articles (PI, PhD) and conference that is 2-3. 2015: three months fieldwork for PhD, 2 months fieldwork for research affiliate, planning of two articles (PI, PhD) and 2-3 meeting papers. 2016: planning of edited amount (PI, PhD, research affiliate), monograph (research affiliate); and 2-3 seminar documents; last dissemination occasion: workshop, University of Amsterdam & public occasion at Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam.

The importance of theproject can be found in its study of the imbrication of changing urban room and gendered experience with two key metropolitan centers within the Asia area via a transcultural framework. This permits an analysis of various qualities of social encounter embedded in colonial records, development discourse, cosmopolitanism and media flows that are global. The project will interrogate the effect of western discourses which have inflected urbanisation in addition to social scripts that delineate gendered use of this room, from Uk colonialism’s Victorian ethical regimes into the neo-liberal “global” city’s increased exposure of self-reliance and flexibility. This may highlight the complexity of spatial experience away from context of Western towns. Likewise, the task makes a significant share to the analysis of globalisation being a main arena for social modification. This sensation is oftentimes mediated as driving social encounter in just a predominantly western discourse. Nevertheless, in this study, the ability relations as well as the number of experiences inherent in localised versions of globalisation may be made explicit through checking out diverse and moving gendered usage of metropolitan areas. The task examines encounter that is cultural the light of intergenerational change highlighting the critical debate centred in the impact of transcultural flows from the everyday lives of females. Women that decide to get solitary in specific durations regarding the life course express a radical departure within the room of just one generation from “traditional” notions regarding the family members or the depiction of females in determining identity that is national. Yet the negotiation of social encounters with “Western” ideas of feminine subjectivity, with representations of this “new” Indian or Chinese woman ubiquitous in the news landscape of both metropolitan areas, are far more complex compared to the easy use of the Western life style or even a concomitant rejection of “Asianness”. The task has additionally developed a dissemination that is public aided by the particular seek to assemble scholarly and social training from India, Asia and European countries.

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