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Department of History

Department of History



Welcome to the Department of History, ranked 2nd in the Complete University Guide (2018). We are a successful, expanding department, engaged in teaching and research across an exceptional range of chronological, geographical and thematic areas.

Sarah Davies, Head of Department



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Thursday 26 April 2018

Wednesday 2 May 2018

Wednesday 9 May 2018

Thursday 10 May 2018

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New Publications from Professor Paul Bailey

Professor Bailey has contributed a major article to the most recent issue of Nan Nu: Men, Women and Gender in China (19.2, 2017, pp.213-262), the most important English-language academic journal on Chinese gender history. Entitled 'Chinese Women Go Global: Discursive and Visual Representations of the Foreign "Other" in the Early Chinese Women's Press and Media', the article (described by the journal editor as 'one of the best contributions ever published in Nan Nu'), the article explores the multiple and complex ways in which the gendered foreign "other" was discursively represented in women's magazines and the periodical press in the first decades of the twentieth century; it concludes that this early twentieth century discourse anticipates contemporary Han Chinese representations of the Western Woman as an ambiguous 'fetish' and of ethnic minority women (in China) as exotic figures on the lower rungs of a 'civilisational ladder'.

(26 Feb 2018) » Read more New Publications from Professor Paul Bailey


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