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Asien-Orient-Institut UFSP Asien und Europa (2006–2017)

Post-Colonial Feminisms: Perspectives from Egypt, India, and Japan

International Workshop, June 16, 2016


Prof. Dr. David Chiavacci, Prof. Dr. Bettina Dennerlein, Prof. Dr. Angelika Malinar, Dr. Yasmine Berriane, Rasmus Brandt


Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies, URPP Asia and Europe, and Swiss Society for Gender Studies (SGGF/SSEG)


Room RAA E-08, Rämistrasse 59, 8001 Zürich


The workshop focuses on the entangled histories of feminism(s) in Egypt, India and Japan since the turn of the 19th to the 20th century. It deals with the emergence and development of women’s rights movements in three different historical contexts and socio-political settings. It will be explored how the respective historical constellations of colonialism and empire as well as the internal socio-political struggles in each of these settings have influenced the ideological articulation and the political dynamics of women’s rights activism. With respect to women’s rights activism during the post-colonial period, one of the central issues is the interpretation and employment of the relationships between transnational, national and local contexts of agency. Furthermore, it will be explored in which ways claims to universalism and particularity were voiced and how they were re-configured in changing view on “North-South”, “East-West”, and / or “global”-“local” tensions.

Invited papers by

Margot Badran (Wilson Center, Washington DC), Toshiko Himeoka (University of Tokyo), Mrinalini Sinha (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)


Morning Session (09:15–13:00)

09:15–09:30 Short welcome by the convenors
09:30–10:30 Margot Badran Inventing Feminism, Feminist Inventions: In and Out of Egypt
11:00–12:00 Mrinalini Sinha Beyond Difference: Indian Feminism and the Politics of Universalism
12:00–13:00 Toshiko Himeoka Women’s Rights Movement and Japanese Modernization in East Asian Context

Afternoon Session (14:30–16:30)

Short presentations of current research projects (by participants)

Discussion of readings (to be distributed in advance)

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