The rise of women fighting for social justice and equality in cities across Asia is often linked to the idea of crossing or breaking cultural and socio-political boundaries. But what if women were to transform these very boundaries into sites of resistance and resilience? Drawing inspiration from ‘gendering the city’ (Miranne and Young 2000) which enables us to investigate how boundaries in the urban environment can be seen as opportunities for re-envisioning the possibilities for more inclusive public spaces and spheres, we seek to develop new, constructive yet critical interdisciplinary discourses on socio-spatial and digital practices based on gendered approaches. The papers are based on empirical in-depth case studies of women recording injustices, organizing, and protesting in different locations across Asia, incorporating the women not only as informants but as active knowledge producers. This panel aims to illuminate the contingencies and challenges that socio-political, cultural and economic modalities pose on women when they endeavor to take part in changing the practices of their chosen (semi)public spaces and spheres. Moreover, we will show how the conceptual and practical transformation of boundaries as instruments of restriction into sites of resistance and resilience can empower not only women but also other under-represented groups. Whereas these practices therefore enable people across geopolitical circumstances to seek for new collective resolutions, they also highlight the need for new approaches in social studies.
(This panel pairs with "Boundaries as Sites of Resistance and Resilience: Part 2 Reshaping Public Sphere for and by Women.)
Paper Presenter: Sealing Cheng – Chinese University of Hong Kong
Paper Presenter: Shilpa Phadke – Tata Institute of Social Sciences
Paper Presenter: Lena Scheen – NYU Shanghai