1st, December 2020 – Conference with Pierre Miege on conflicts between « traditional » and emerging norms of genre, family and sexuality in Chinese cities: lessons from the experience of same-sex attracted men

On December 1st at 7 p.m. for the Baturu Festival, the Sino French Research Centre (CFC) welcomes Dr. Pierre Miège at the French Institute, to talk about the conflicts between « traditional » and emerging norms of genre, family and sexuality in Chinese cities.

Based on interviews and participant observation with different groups of same-sex attracted men, Dr Miège’s research projects have questioned the motives these men put forward for hiding their sexual orientation in most situations of their social life, as well as the strategies they develop to maintain their secret at work, at home, with friends. These strategies reveal a transformation of social norms in urban society – and the growing conflicts between different sets of norms – especially concerning gender, sexuality, manhood and family. During this presentation, Dr Miège will discuss some of these normative changes which, though studied from the point of view of same-sex attracted men, affect all individuals in today’s China. Especially the evolving norms regulating family, “feminity” and “masculinity” also help understand some life choices made by young women in the cities, such as strategies to rethink marriage and maternity, and in some case strategies to evade marriage altogether.

This conference will be both offline and online. It will be held in English. Register on Weibo following @翔凤文化节