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