MRI Forum 65
"Ecology, Livelihood, Culture and Sustainable Peace
The Experiences of PeaceWomen from Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan"
by Chan Shun-hing
28 February 2012
Summary of the Presentation
Conventional concepts of peace revolve around questions of militarization, conflict and war. Most Nobel Peace Prizes were awarded to statesmen or organizations working on conflict resolution or disarmament. This concept, however, has undergone modifications in recent years, when the Prize was awarded in 2004, 2006 and 2007 to efforts related to ecology, poverty and climate change. In fact, since 2003, the concept of peace as inclusive of ecology, health, social justice, religious tolerance, economic equity, and others, has been the central proposition of the global project “1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005” which made a collective nomination of 1000 women (hereafter referred to as PeaceWomen) from 150 countries for the Prize. This talk will introduce the re-conceptualization of peace in terms of sustainable livelihood, ecology development, and community culture by means of the experiences of Chinese PeaceWomen coming from Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. The conditions for sustaining the peace-work of these PeaceWomen and its gender specificity will be discussed.
Chan Shun-hing (陳順馨) is associate professor of the Department of Cultural Studies and the coordinator for the PeaceWomen Project of the Kwan Fong Cultural Research and Development Programme, Lingnan University, Hong Kong. She is one of the coordinators for the nomination of PeaceWomen from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan under the “1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005” and the subsequent research on ecology, livelihood, culture and sustainable peace. She is also one of the producers for the documentary film series: Women, Peace and Sustainable Living. Her research interests include gender and narratives, feminism and cultural studies, peace studies, and modern Chinese literary studies. Her works in book form include Gender and Narratives in Contemporary Chinese Literature (1995,2007), The Reception and Transformation of Socialist Realism in China (2000), 1962: Interstitial Survival (2002), and the edited works Women, Nation and Feminism (2004) and Colours of Peace (2007).