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Domestic Cosmopolitanism: Rethinking Gender and Social Change in Republican China

April 19, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Gail Hershatter, Distinguished Professor of History, UC Santa Cruz

FREE public lecture.

How can we re-create the world of a woman who left no trace in the public record?

This talk considers the domestic cosmopolitanism of a nominally nonpolitical woman: daughter of a Beiyang reformer, wife of a Nationalist official educated at MIT, mother of an underground Communist revolutionary. In twentieth-century China, cosmopolitanism was not just an external presence: it extended into domestic and personal space, but not in a predictable or linear fashion. In exploring domestic cosmopolitanism, we can begin to conceptualize the connections between China’s twentieth-century transnational involvements` and the lives of elite women who did not leave home.

Center for East Asian Studies
Co-sponsored by the University Lectures Committee and Harvey Goldberg Center for the Study of Contemporary History


April 19, 2018
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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L140 Conrad Elvehjem Building
800 University Avenue
Madison, WI