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Seminar: Carpet Worlds: Gender and Power in a Tibetan Carpet Factory

March 2, 2010

A Guest Seminar on Globalization, Education and Change
Aziz Choudry
McGill University, Montreal
February 28, 2010

Monday 8 March, 2010 12-2 pm,
Rm 233, Faculty of Education, 3700 McTavish, Montreal
With Dr. Tracy Zhang

Today, polarized accounts of contemporary Tibet
supplied by Chinese and American media
predominantly shape public knowledge on
Sino-Tibetan issues on both continents. Very
often, Tibetans in Tibet are represented as
passive subjects of socio-political change on the
one hand; the Chinese state and immigrants have
the greatest influence on the lives and futures
of Tibetans on the other hand. These views ignore
the fact that since 1951, contemporary Tibetan
society has been made and re-made through active
negotiations among various social groups and
sectors. Also, in recent decades, this society is
not only shaped by Chinese policies and
increasingly synchronized with events in China,
but also is increasingly globalized and open to
influences from across the Himalayas.

Tracy Zhang’s work Carpet Worlds explores the
issues of cultural knowledge and power, gender,
labour and globalization, and Sino-Tibet
relations in the twentieth and twentieth-first
century. Drawing from archival research and
fieldwork in Lhasa, she uses the history of the
first carpet factory in Tibet as a case study to
compare the totalizing conceptions of Chinese
institutions and social transformations in Tibet,
which have been influential in forming public
views in North America, with research into
ordinary people’s responses to socialist and pro-market policies.

About Dr. Tracy Zhang

Tracy Y. Zhang recently completed her doctorate
in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser
University. Her research interests include theory
and history of cultural policy, feminist
political economy, material culture, and Sino-Tibet cultural politics.

Currently, she is a member of the Action
Committee at Femmes du Monde à Côte-des-Neiges
and a volunteer teacher for a community group
called the Chinese Family, under Multicaf Montreal.

For more information about the seminar please contact:
Dr Aziz Choudry, Assistant Professor
International Education, Department of Integrated Studies in Education
Phone: 514 3982253
Email: aziz.choudry@mcgill.ca
CTC National Office 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1T7
T: (514) 487-0665   ctcoffice@tibet.ca
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