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Shu-mei Shih Lecture, Is Feminism Translatable?-Taiwan, Spivak, A-Wu

Presented by UCLA Center for the Study of Women

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
4:00 PM
Royce 314

Senior Faculty Feminist Lecture by Shu-mei Shih

Shu-mei Shih is a Professor, Comparative Literature, Asian Languages and Cultures, and Asian American Studies at UCLA. She is the author of The Lure of the Modern: Writing Modernism in Semicolonial China, 1917–1937, and Visuality and Identity: Sinophone Articulations Across the Pacific. She is also the coeditor of Minor Transnationalism and Creolization of Theory. Her other significant editorial project was a special issue of PMLA titled "Comparative Racialization" (October 2008). She currently co-directs the “Cultures in Transnational Perspective”  Mellon Postdoctoral Program in the Humanities. (

Is Feminism Translatable? -Taiwan, Spivak, A-wu

RESPONDENT: Sandra Harding

Using Gayatri Spivak’s encounter with Taiwan feminists in 2002 as a starting point, this lecture will explore the by now seemingly clichéd question of the translatability of feminism across geocultural differences.  Thinking anew about questions of (in)commensurability and relativism as activated by the location of a small island nation, Taiwan, and its own feminist faultline along indigeneity and settler colonialism, this lecture seeks to further the discussion of a feminist ethics of encounter across subnational and transnational spaces.

Sandra Harding is a Professor in the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. She has contributed to standpoint theory and to the multicultural study of science. She is the author or editor of many books on these topics, and was one of the founders of the fields of feminist epistemology and philosophy of science. Her ways of developing standpoint theory and stronger standards for objectivity ("strong objectivity") have been influential in the social sciences as well as in philosophy, and have created discussions in the natural sciences. She served as Director of CSW from 1996 to 1999.

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