Digital Technologies Expo
There are two purposes for this presentation, firstly, to introduce the database of Authorship of Chinese Women’s Periodicals (ACWP), and secondly, to explore women authors’ social networks through the journal Funü Gongming. Created by the Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica, ACWP aims to record women’s biographical entries in modern China in a structured way, which allows users to systematically process data. This presentation will use the journal Funü Gongming as the example to demonstrate how women writers built and extended connections. Founded in 1929 by a group of women leaning to the so-called “conservative” Nationalist Party, Funü Gongming was often considered as a partisan mouthpiece. From the composition of its editorship and authorship, however, Funü Gongming never simply represented a single voice of the Party, but a few Left-wing writers played an important role in it. How did those women work together with different even clashing political vision and agenda? This research will use certain digital tools (such as gephi) to visualize the editors’ connections and identify the significant nodes and edges in their networks. This study will allow us to consider the formation of women’s social and cultural capital via journalism in the modern era, which was different from the experience of the elite women in late imperial China who heavily relied on kinship (particularly of male lineage) to establish their literary prominence. In so doing, I hope to shed new lights on the modern Chinese history of women’s journalism.
Authorship of Chinese Women's Periodicals online: http://mhdb.mh.sinica.edu.tw/ACWP/index.php