CCHH: China Centre For Health And Humanity


Disability and gender in China, seminar with Prof. Sarah Dauncey

16 November 2021

18 November 2021, 4.15pm GMT. 'Gendering para-citizenship: an exploration of women, men and disability in modern Chinese history'. Speaker Sarah Dauncey, Professor of Chinese Society and Disability, University of Nottingham. A UCD CHOMI and UCD Gender History joint seminar.

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Sarah Dauncey, Disabilty in Contemporray China

How have disabled men and women been conceptualised in modern Chinese history? In this talk, Sarah Dauncey looks at the construction of gendered disabled identities specifically from the perspective of Chinese cultural epistemologies. Drawing on her new theory of para-citizenship – a compelling framework for understanding the complex and shifting power relationships between disabled individuals and/or groups, the state and broader non-disabled society – as well as sociological theories of gender and the body, her research reveals how traditionally accepted notions of personhood are often fundamentally challenged through encounters and interactions with understandings of disability and gender. She provides engaging examples of the ways in which representations and narratives of disability negotiate the gendered identities of their subjects in relation to dominant discourses, where collective social, political and cultural understandings of what it means to live a ‘productive’ disabled life as a women or man are both imbued and contested.

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