Amanda Shuman G'20

Amanda  Shuman
Postdoctoral Scholar
Maoist Legacy Project
Albert Ludwigs Universität Freiburg, Germany

Henry Luce Foundation/ ACLS Program in China Studies Collaborative Reading-Workshop Grants 2020
Postdoctoral Scholar
Maoist Legacy Project
Albert Ludwigs Universität Freiburg, Germany
Doing Justice to Rape and Sexual Violence in PRC History

Sexual violence echoes through scholarly and popular histories of socialist China: from the state's publicized efforts to crack down on rapists, to accusations against cadres who demanded sexual favors; from the sent-down youth who were raped in the countryside, to the many sexual abuse charges leveled at so-called enemies. Workshop participants have collected case files related to rape and sexual violence in the PRC, and we propose an interdisciplinary workshop to read a selection of these documents and think seriously about the challenges we face when we try to do a text-based history of rape. The literature on sexual violence in the PRC suggests that we have not yet fully mapped the political, socio-cultural, and discursive realms within which these accusations were recorded.