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

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Friday, October 16, 2020
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11:30 am - 1:00 pm
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Keisha Blain and Nicole Barnes
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Duke on Gender

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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.

Contact: Julie Wynmor