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Social Movements and Women's Agency in the 20th Century
Friday, October 16, 2020 - 11:30am to 1:00pm
Keisha Blain and Nicole Barnes
Registration Required: https://duke.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMqceyurTIuE9HZpPcJRDx-eHqjWAYQfrY9 OR scroll to the bottom of the page and click on "More Event Information" to register. Chair: Anna Krylova (History Department, Duke University) Presenters: 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.