Contributors to Intersections

Gender, Governance and Security in the Asia-Pacific Region

Laura Dales is a lecturer in Japanese Studies at the University of South Australia. Her doctoral research explores feminist agency and praxis in contemporary Japan. Other research interests include studies of Asian feminisms, women's groups and gender issues in contemporary Japan. Her recent publications include chapters in the books Women and Agency in Asia (Lyn Parker (ed.), Singapore: Marshall Cavendish, 2005), and Genders, Transgenders and Sexualities in Japan (Mark McLelland and Romit Dasgupta (eds), London: RoutledgeCurzon, 2005).
Eiko Hasegawa (BA, Sophia University, Japan; MA, Gender and International Development, University of Warwick, UK; MA, International Relations, University of Sussex, UK) is a doctoral student in sociology in the School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University. Her current research focuses on Japanese women's migration to Shanghai and places this migration within the contexts of urbanisation in Shanghai, as well as growing economic and cultural ties between Japan and other Asian countries.
Jane Hutchison lectures in Politics and International Studies and is a Fellow of the Asia Research Centre at Murdoch University. Her research in the Philippines has covered women workers and globalisation and, more recently, the politics of urban land reform in Manila. Her recent publications include ‘Poverty of Politics in the Philippines’ in The Political Economy of South-East Asia: Markets, Power, and Contestation, ed. Garry Rodan, Kevin Hewison and Richard Robison, Melbourne and New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.
Tamara Jacka is Senior Fellow in the Gender Relations Centre, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies at Australian National University. Her publications include Women's Work in Rural China: Change and Continuity in an Era of Reform (Cambridge,UK: Cambridge University Press, 1997), On the Move: Women and Rural-to-Urban Migration in Contemporary China (edited with Arianne Gaetano. New York: Columbia University Press, 2004) and Rural Women in Urban China: Gender, Migration and Social Change (Armonk, New York and London, England: M.E. Sharpe, 2006). Her current research focuses on Chinese women's NGOs and their approaches to gender and development.

Melissa Johnson holds a first class Honours degree from Murdoch University. Her thesis, 'Malaysian Literature in English: three approaches,' explores two recent novels from Malaysia that address women's stories within the broader meta-narrative of Malaysian history. The thesis explores how postcolonial and Marxist theory can be used as complementary approaches to examine these novels. Her other research interests include representations of women in literature since the colonial period, economic organisation of matrilineal societies and labour history in the Southeast Asian region.
Amarjit Kaur FASSA, is Professor of Economic History at the University of New England in Armidale. She was previously an Associate Professor at the University of Malaya and has held Visiting Positions at Columbia and Harvard (USA) and Oxford, Cambridge and London University (University College and SOAS). She has written extensively on international migration, the Indian diaspora, labour history and the political economy of human rights legislation in Southeast Asia. She has also undertaken a wide range of projects on globalisation and economic development and brings a human rights focus to her work on labour, labour protections, migrant workers, refugees and related issues. Her recent books include Wage Labour in Southeast Asia since 1840: Globalisation, the International Division of Labour and Labour Transformations (Basingstoke: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2004); an edited volume, Women Workers in Industrialising Asia: Costed, not Valued (Basingstoke: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2004); and Mobility, Labour Migration and Border Controls in Asia (Basingstoke: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2006), co-edited with Ian Metcalfe.

Vera Mackie holds an Australian Research Council Professorial Fellowship in Historical Studies at the University of Melbourne and has held Visiting Professorships at Hitotsubashi University, Ochanomizu University and Victoria University. Major publications include Gurōbaruka to Jendā Hyōshō [Globalisation and Representations of Gender], Tokyo: Ochanomizu Shobō, 2003; Feminism in Modern Japan: Citizenship, Embodiment and Sexuality, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003; Relationships: Japan and Australia, 1870s–1950s, Melbourne: University of Melbourne History Monographs and RMIT Publishing, 2001, co-edited with Paul Jones; Human Rights and Gender Politics: Asia-Pacific Perspectives, London: Routledge, 2000, paperback edition 2006, co-edited with Anne Marie Hilsdon, Martha Macintyre and Maila Stivens; and Creating Socialist Women in Japan: Gender, Labour and Activism, 1900–1937, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997, paperback edition 2002. Current research interests focus on the politics of visual culture in modern Japan and the cultural history of the body in modern Japan.

Mary O'Kane is a Ph.D. student at Monash University. Her thesis research explores understandings of the political agency of people in refugee-related situations, specifically focussing on Burma's border-based Opposition Movement. She has worked with the women's movement of Burma in the Thai-Burma border area periodically since 1999.

Sonali Pattnaik currently teaches literature in English to undergraduate students at the department of English, Kirori Mal College, Delhi University. She completed an M.Phil in English with a first division with distinction from Delhi University in 2006 and she has read research papers at various international seminars throughout India on topics such as the mutiny of 1857, physiognomy and colonial ethnography, gender and representations of the body, especially within the colonial context. Her research interests are primarily centered on post-colonial theory and gender studies. She is particularly interested in the formulation of gender-based identity through the body and the representation of the human body in art and literature.

Jan Jindy Pettman was director of Women's Studies at the Australian National University until her retirement in 2004, and continues as a Visiting Fellow in Humanities at ANU. She taught and has published widely in International Relations and Development Studies. She was co-founder and home base editor of the International Feminist Journal of Politics, and continues on its editorial board, as well as on the boards of Studies in Political Economy and Globalizations. Her particular research interests have been in gender and globalisation, especially in terms of migration and women's work; and gender, peace and security. At present her research focuses on transnational feminism, especially in the Australia-Asia region.
Sarah Pinto has recently completed her PhD in history at the University of Melbourne. Her doctoral thesis, entitled 'Emotional histories: contemporary Australian historical fictions,' is an examination of the representations of a number of historical films and novels recently released in Australia. Her most recent publications (both with Leigh Boucher) have been on the historical films Ned Kelly (Journal of Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, January 2006) and Brokeback Mountain (Journal of Men's Studies, forthcoming). Her research interests also include representation, emotion and memorials. Sarah is currently working at Monash University.
Jyh Wee Sew (BA Ed Hons (IIA), MA NUS, MA Otago) who specialises in the pedagogy of Malay language is named in Who's Who in Asia by Marquis, New York. A book entitled Reduplicating Malay Nouns and Verbs is in publication with Universiti Malaya Academic Press due out in late 2007. Current work on Malay semiotics appears in Dewan Bahasa and California Linguistics Notes. A review of Deborah Cameron's On Language and Sexual Politics, (London: Routledge, 2006) may be found in Pragmatics and Cognition 15 (2) 2007:400–403.

Judith Snodgrass lectures in Japanese history at the University of Western Sydney. She writes and researches in the areas of Buddhism in the West, Buddhism and Asian modernity, Buddhist nationalism, and Western knowledge of Asia. She is a member of the Centre for Cultural Research at UWS, currently working on a history of the Vietnamese Australian Buddhist Women’s Association. She is editor of Japanese Studies (Routledge, Oxford, ISN 1037-1397)

Maila Stivens is a Principal Research Fellow in the Asia Institute, University of Melbourne. She has carried out research on middle class kinship in Sydney; in Malaysia on ‘matrilineal’ Negeri Sembilan; on modernity, work and family among the new Malay middle classes; ‘public’ and ‘private’ in Southeast Asia; the ‘Asian Family’; Family Values East and West; and is currently working on an ARC project on New Asian Childhoods. Previously a lecturer in Anthropology at University College London, she has also been a visiting fellow at the Asia Research Institute, NUS, Singapore in 2004. Her main publications include: Why Gender Matters in Southeast Asian Politics (editor, Monash 1991); Malay Peasant Women and the Land (with Jomo Sundaram and Cecilia Ng, Zed 1994); Matriliny and Modernity: Sexual Politics and Social Change in Rural Malaysia (Asian Studies Association of Australia, Allen and Unwin 1996);and two co-edited volumes Gender and Power in Affluent Asia (jointly edited with Krishna Sen, Routledge 1998); and Human Rights and Gender Politics: Asia-Pacific Perspectives (edited with Anne-Marie Hilsdon, Martha Macintyre and Vera Mackie, Routledge 2000).

Gillian Vogl is a Post Doctoral Research Fellow in the Faculty of Education at Wollongong University and is also a Research Associate at the Centre for Research on Social Inclusion at Macquarie University. Broadly, she is interested in the relationship between globalisation and the neo-liberal policies implemented by nation states and the impact which this relationship has on the day to day lives of people. She is currently involved in research which looks at the relationship between neo-liberalisation and globalisation and the consequences that this relationship has for skilled and unskilled migrants.


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