Upcoming Lecture: Beauties at Work – Gender, Sexuality and Power in Urban China – Dr. Jieyu Liu

13th Oct 2015

St. Gallen, Switzerland

10.00-11.45, Room 23-001 (Classroom Pavilion)

University of St. Gallen, Dufourstrasse 50, St. Gallen

Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Lecture Series: “Interdisciplinary Explorations of China’s Changing Gender Dynamics, 1900-2015” 

Existing studies on gender and work in China, when touching upon sexuality, have examined the life of sex workers and less-educated service workers. By contrast, this lecture aims to examine the working experiences of highly educated young professional women hailed as “white-collar beauties” by the Chinese media. Drawing upon an ethnographic study of a prestigious state-owned trade company, In this talk, Dr Liu will show that sexual politics are inherent in the operations of companies in China’s new market economy and this has gendered consequences for highly educated professional women.

Dr Jieyu Liu is a  Senior Lecturer in Contemporary China Studies, Deputy Director of China Institute, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London. Her research focuses on gender and work in China. She has written on topics such as white-collar workers, gender and sexuality, and social transformation in China. She is the author of monograph Gender and Work in Urban China: Women Workers of the Unlucky Generation (London: Routledge, 2007).

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation and St. Gallen University in association with Leiden University.

For queries, please contact Ms Sisan Tang: sisan.tang@unisg.ch.