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LUCIP International Workshop “Re-staging the Periphery as the Center: Women Communities in East Asian Religions”

Wednesday 28 June 2023 - Thursday 29 June 2023
Centre for Intercultural Philosophy events 2023
Pieterskerkhof 6
2311 SR Leiden

Zoom link to be provided through registration

The workshop is organized by Leiden Center for Intercultural Philosophy (LUCIP), with the support of The International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), and funded by Leiden University Fund, the Institute for Philosophy Leiden University, The International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), and the Dutch Research Council (NWO).

“Re-staging the Periphery as the Center: Women Communities in East Asian Religions”

The international workshop “Re-staging the Periphery as the Center: Women Communities in East Asian Religions” aims to explore previous overlooked resources to rethink gender relationships, women’s agency, and community building in East Asian religions, broadly construed. It thus has a twofold aim. Critically, the workshop problematizes the standard narrative in terms of the inner-outer distinction that secludes women in the inner quarters and positions women on the margin of their communities. Constructively, participants in this workshop rediscover previously marginalized voices to explore how women have creatively mobilized resources to map out a communal space, whether real or imagined, as a lived reality for their religious practices. Restaging the periphery as the center, the workshop focuses on three major themes — spatializing feminisms, female pioneers, and gendered discourses — to explore women’s power on the margin and their contribution to the diversity of the socio-cultural landscape throughout East Asian history. Bringing together philosophers, intellectual historians, material culture specialists, anthropologists, and sociologists into a conversation, the workshop intends to recuperate untold stories of women’s lived experiences and reimagine feminist theories in the East Asian cultural sphere.

The workshop is based on the special issue published by Religions: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/religions/special_issues/east_asian_religions

The program for this workshop can be found in the column to your right.

For registration, please email j.li@hum.leidenuniv.nl


Xiaofei Kang (The George Washington University)
Fan Lin (Leiden University)
Pinyan Zhu (Kent State University)
Ruo Lin (National University of Singapore)
Lynn Yuqing Wong (Bridging Generations)
Paul Crowe (Simon Fraser University)
Hongyu Wu (Ohio Northern University)
Sungha Yun (St. Olaf College)
Yeh-Ying Shen (Singapore University of Social Sciences)
Xingyi Wang (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Cha-Hsuan Liu (Leiden University/ Wittenborg University)
Haoqin Zhong (University of Hong Kong)
Ruifeng Chen (Zhejiang University)
Ying Ruo Show (Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre)
Jingjing Li (Leiden University)

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