Hearing her: comparing feminist oral history in the UK and China

Jolly, Margaretta (2018) Hearing her: comparing feminist oral history in the UK and China. Oral History Review, 45 (1). pp. 48-67. ISSN 0094-0798

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This article compares the China Women’s Oral History Project, directed by librarians at the China Women’s University in Beijing, and Sisterhood and After: The Women’s Liberation Oral History Project, directed by scholars at the University of Sussex in the UK. While the projects share aspects of method, our practices wrestle with distinct historiographical structures which are entwined with a history of state feminism in China and with dissenting, nongovernmental networks in the UK, as well as differing institutional contexts. As we have sought to develop a relationship as feminist oral historians, we have had to decenter our own frameworks to understand the local conditions under which we each work. The article concludes by analyzing what we share: the wish to find progressive spaces within universities and national funding structures, particularly as oral history work connects with community activists.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: China, feminist oral history, Sisterhood and After: The China Women’s Oral History Project, women’s movements, UK
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Research Centres and Groups: Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research
Depositing User: Margaretta Jolly
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2017 14:27
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2020 01:00
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/71731

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Using oral history to research and teach women's liberation in China and the United KingdomG0880BRITISH ACADEMYPM120142