Social Movements and Women's Agency in the 20th Century


Speaker(s): Keisha Blain and Nicole Barnes
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Chair: Anna Krylova (History Department, Duke University)
Keisha N. Blain (History Department, University of Pittsburg)
"Friends of Japan": African American Women's Visions of Afro-Asian Solidarity

This presentation examines how African American women engaged Japan during the early twentieth century. It foregrounds the ideas of a cohort of women who envisioned political collaborations with Japanese people as a strategy to combat racism and global white supremacy.

Nicole Barnes (History Department, Duke University)
When Patriarchy Unsettles Itself: Women in China's War of Resistance against Japan, 1937-1945

With a focus on women who worked in the medical profession during China's eight-year war with Japan, this talk examines the role that chaos and upheaval played in expanding women's opportunities to resist patriarchy, even as the war reinforced gender norms.

Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies


African and African American Studies (AAAS); Art, Art History & Visual Studies; Asian & Middle Eastern Studies (AMES); English; History; International Comparative Studies (ICS); Sociology

Social Movements and Women's Agency in the 20th Century


Wynmor, Julie