Updated Conference Program

Keynote Speakers

Rachel L. Einwohner is Professor of Sociology at Purdue University, where she also holds a courtesy appointment in the department of Political Science. She received her PhD in Sociology in 1997 from the University of Washington in Seattle and joined the Purdue faculty the following year. Her research focuses on the dynamics of protest and resistance, and her interests include questions related to protest emergence and effectiveness, the role of gender and other identities in protest dynamics, protesters’ sense of efficacy, and the creation of solidarity in diverse movements. She has explored these topics with theoretically-driven analyses of a diverse set of movements and cases of protest, including the U.S. animal rights movement, the college-based anti-sweatshop movement, and Jewish resistance during the Holocaust. She is also part of an interdisciplinary research team that is using Twitter data to examine diversity and inclusion in contemporary social movements. Her published work has appeared in journals such as the American Sociological Review, the American Journal of Sociology, Social Problems, and Mobilization. She has also co-edited two volumes: The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Women’s Social Movement Activism (with Holly J. McCammon, Verta Taylor, and Jo Reger; Oxford University Press, 2017) and Identity Work in Social Movements (with Jo Reger and Daniel J. Myers; University of Minnesota Press, 2008), and recently served as Deputy Editor for Gender & Society. She is currently completing a book manuscript on resistance in the Jewish ghettos of Nazi-occupied Warsaw, Vilna, and Lodz

Fidelma Ashe is a Reader in politics and a member of the Transitional Justice Institute. She is author of: Gender and Conflict Transformation in Northern Ireland: New Themes and Old Problems (2019) Routledge; The New Politics of Masculinity: Men, Power and Resistance (2007), also published by Routledge; and she co-authored Contemporary Social and Political Theory: An Introduction (1999), published by Open University Press. She has edited two further volumes on gender politics published as special editions by Women and Entrepreneurship (2011) and Socialist History (2010).  She has written widely in the area of gender, ethno-nationalist conflict and peacebuilding. Her primary concerns have been mapping the effects of conflict of gender power relationships and gender identities. She was invited to become a member of an international feminist research team conducting research on the theme of ‘Women and Post-Conflict Transformation: Lessons of the Past, Implications for the Future,’ which received United States Institute of Peace funding in 2013. She acted as Primary Investigator on the project LGBTQ Visions of Peace in a Society Emerging from Conflict, which received funding from the AHRC in 2015. She is currently Primary Investigator on the project Gendering Constitutional Conversations funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust and is presently also Primary investigator on a project concerned with gender Irish unification funded by the Irish Government.

Plenary Speakers

Olena Nikolayenko (PhD Toronto) is Professor of Political Science at Fordham University in New York, USA and an Associate at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University. Her research interests include comparative democratization, contentious politics, women’s activism, and youth, with a regional focus on Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia. She published articles in Comparative Politics, East European Politics, Europe-Asia Studies, International Journal of Sociology, International Political Science Review, Slavic Review, Social Movement Studies, and other journals. Her recent book, Youth Movements and Elections in Eastern Europe (Cambridge University Press 2017), examined tactical interactions between nonviolent youth movements and incumbent governments in Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Serbia, and Ukraine. Her current research focuses on women’s engagement in contentious politics.

Sealing Cheng is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She started conducting fieldwork research on issues of gender, sexuality, human rights, and nationalism in South Korea since 1997. Her book, On the Move for Love: Migrant Entertainers and the U.S. Military in South Korea (University of Pennsylvania Press 2010) received the Distinguished Book Award of the Sexualities Section of the American Sociological Association in 2012. Her current research is on asylum-seekers and refugees with a focus on existential agency and intimacy.

Susanne Choi Yuk Ping is a Professor at the Department of Sociology, the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her research examines how gender relations in Chinese societies have shaped and are being shaped by macro social changes such as migration, economic development, and modernization.  Her lead–authored book Masculine Compromise (published by University of California Press) explores how men’s rural to urban migration shapes gender and family dynamics in post-socialist China.  Other works were published in American Journal of Sociology, British Journal of Sociology, Journal of Marriage and Family, The China Quarterly, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society,  Work, Employment and Society,  Gender, Work and Organization, and Modern China etc.   Since 2019, she has researched the gender dynamics in Hong Kong’s anti-extradition protests. 

Ruby Lai Yuen-shan is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy at Lingnan University, Hong Kong. Her research interests revolve around gender, family, reproductive politics, and ethnicity in Hong Kong and Chinese societies. Her recent works look at the lives of new immigrants, maternal migrants, ethnic minorities, and families living in subdivided flats in Hong Kong.

Bárbara Fernández-Melleda is Assistant Professor in Latin American Studies at The University of Hong Kong. Her research focuses on a variety of topics that analyse Chilean literature and culture, such as intersections between articulations of the female psyche and the criticism of neoliberal principles within a post-dictatorship context. Bárbara is a self-confessed activist who participates in La Joyita Cartonera, a non-for-profit publisher in Chile centred on women’s writing and creating alternative spaces for literature, outside mass book production.