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Scholarly Interest Report
Tani E. Barlow
Professor of History
T. T. and W. F. Chao Professor of History
  • Ph.D History (1985) University of California, Davis, Davis, California
  • Master's Degree History (1979) University of California, Davis, Davis, California
  • Bachelor History and Chinese (1975) San Francisco State College, San Francisco
Primary Department
   Department of History
Department Affiliations
  • Department of History
     positions: asia critique
     Chao Center for Asian Studies
     positions: asia critique
     Chao Center for Asian Studies
     positions: asia critique
    Research Areas
     Intellectual history, history of Chinese women's movement, history of 20th century Chinese advertising industry, digital humanities
    Teaching Areas
     Teaching history through film, Modern Chinese History, Gender Histories of Modern China, Modern Chinese Thought
    Selected Publications
     Refereed articles

    Tani Barlow "How Chinese are you? or, ‘It Could Have Been Me’." positions: asia critique , 23:1 (2015)


    “Event, Excess, Abyss: the Event of Women in Chinese Commercial Advertisement, 1910s-1930s," differences: a journal of feminist cultural studies 24:2, pp. 51-92


    "Advertising Ephemera and the Angel of History," positions: asia critique, 20:1, May 2012


    in “Colonial Modernity matters?: Debates on Colonial Past," Cultural Studies, Vol. 26.5,  September, 2012


    Tani Barlow "“The Big Words and Our Work,” in Signs: A journal of women in culture and society 33.3: 588-601 (The University of Chicago Press, 2011). ." 


    白露(Tani Barlow)中国早期马克思主义社会学中的性别差异—瞿秋白和李达以女性为中心的进化观 (Sexual Difference in Foundational Chinese Marxist Sociology (熊庆元, 译) 《区域(第四辑)》(Remapping) Vol.4, 2016


    Tani Barlow "In the Event of Women." Duke University Press (2018) Accepted

     Book chapters

    汤尼 白露 Tani Barlow "事件,深渊,多余:20世纪前30年中国 商业广告中的女性事件." 中国性/别:历史差异, 三联书店, (2015)


    Tani Barlow "Body and Soul: Anglo-America Asianisms, 1870-1995." Contemporary Asianisms (2015)


    Tani Barlow "Commercial Advertising Art in Late 19th and early 20th Century ‘China' ." Blackwell Companion to Chinese Art (2015)


    “‘What is a poem?’ History and the Modern Girl,” in David Palumbo-Liu, Bruce Robbins & Nirvana Tanoukhi, eds., Immanuel Wallerstein and the Problem of the World: System, Scale, Culture (Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2011).

     Book reviews

    Tani Barlow "Shanghai Nightscapes: A Nocturnal Biography of a Global City. By James Farrer and Andrew David Field.." American Journal of Sociology 2017, 123:1: 322-3.


    Tani Barlow "Joan Judge, Republican Lens: Gender, Visuality, and Experience in the Early Chinese Periodical Press (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2015) American Historical Review." American Historical Review 1 February 2017, Volume 122, Issue 1, : Pages 159–160,.


    Tani Barlow "Teemu Ruskola, Legal Orientalism: China, The United States, and Modern Law, (Harvard University Press, 2013)." Canadian Journal of History, Vol. 49, No. 2 (2014) : 2.


    MCLC Resource Center Publication (Copyright October 2013)


    Tani Barlow "“Jiang Qing, Seriously,” ." PRC History Review (http://prchistory.org/) , 2:4: n/a.


    Tani Barlow "Chen Jing and Yang Di, trans, Barlow, “什么是诗“ (What is a Poem?)江海学刊 ,北京示范大学 ." 江海学刊 北京示范大学


    Tani Barlow "Edited general journal issue." positions: asia critique, 22:2 (2015) : 250.


    Tani Barlow and Wang Jie, " 白露教授访谈中的问题 ." Research on Marxist Aesthetics, https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/ (2015)


    Tani Barlow, Ding Ling, Lu Xun "El diario de la señorita Sofia, En el hospital Estudio preliminary, “Feminismo, Revolción y 2014 Literatura en Ding Ling, Edicions Bellaterra, 2014 (Traducido del chino por Tyra Diez) ." 


    "Mission Statement Responses,” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the      2013

    Middle East 33:2, 137-38   


    当代西方汉学研究集萃, "History and the Border," Yao Ping, trans., (上海: 上海古籍出版社, 2012)


    当代西方汉学研究集萃, "History and the Border," Yao Ping, trans., (上海: 上海古籍出版社, 2012)


    中国女性主义思想史中的妇女问题 (The question of women in Chinese feminism) 2012
    沈弃弃翻译 (Shen Qiqi, trans), (上海:上海书店出版社)


    "A Relentlessly Productive Venue," Interview with Senior Editor, Tani Barlow, position: east asia critique, 20.1, May 2012


    Edited special journal issue, "Twenty Years After," positions: asia critique, 20:1, May 2012

    Creative Works
     Exhibitions - Curated - http://www.myvoicewouldreachyou.com/ https://www.dropbox.com/s/589zmvggo66g1t7/Chao%2013%20FINAL%2008_26_14_1.mp4?dl=0
      “My Voice Would Reach You” a contemporary Asian arts exhibition and festival sponsored by the Chao Center for Asian Studies in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts-Houston April 10 through April 20, 2014. , http://www.myvoicewouldreachyou.com/, Rice & MFA, Rice and MFA (April 12-20th 2014)
     Conference Paper

    "Co-Organizer and Presenter, “Studying Yan’an Socialism,” Frieburg University

     ." (August 2-5)

     Invited Papers

    ""Cold War Two Line Struggle, Wang Guangmei and Jiang Qing," Cold War Camera Research Workshop, Cold War Camera Mexico City, Feb. 13-14, 2015."


    "“Gender,” China and the Human Sciences Conference, NCCU, Taipei, Taiwan, 9-20 August 2015."


    "“Qu Qiubai Translates Sociology,” Humanities Division, Marxist Aesthetics, Department of Philosophy, Shanghai Jiaotong University, June, 2015."


    "“Sexual Difference in Foundational Chinese Marxist Sociology:  Qu Qiubai and Li Da,  “Socialist Heritage Conference,” Qinghua University, September 2015."


    "“Xenophobia and Social Integration,” PIRRS/IAS, Princeton, October 11 2015."


    "“Event, Abyss, Excess: Women in Chinese Commercial Advertisement, East Asian Studies Department, New York University, February 16, 2014."


    "International Conference of Digital Archives and Digital Humanities, Taipei, Taiwan, “What is the Problem? History and the Chinese Commercial Advertising Archive (CCAA),” December 2-3, 2014.  ."


    "“Event, abyss, excess: the event of Women in Chinese commercial advertisement,  1910s-1930s,” University of Bologna, Confucius Institute." (May 8)


    "“Modern Shanghai Newspaper and Journal Advertising and social culture ,Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences                          ." (July 12)


    "“The event of women and the modern girl as problems in world history” NIAS, Working Group Committee, Center for Research on Chinese Antiquities, Peking University." (June 13)


    "Invited Presenter, “Rethinking the Chinese Revolution: 1911 in Global Perspective,” UHM Chinese Studies and Confucius Institute, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM)." (March 28-30, 2011)

     Invited Talks

    "“Qu Qiubai Translates Sociology,” Department of History, Arizona State, Tempe, April 16, 2015 ."


    "“Qu Qiubai Translates Sociology,” East Asian Studies Department, University of Wisconsin, Madison, April 27, 2015."


    "“China in the World, the World in China,” Institute of Indian Technology, Mumbai      ." (August 12)


    "Marxism & Feminism Workshop, Research Presentation, New York University, Department of East Asian Studies, May 3, 2013

                      ." (May 3)


    "“Finding a Place for Women in the Modern History of China” under the auspices of Humanities Public Forum IV, Thammasat University

     ." (June 29, 2011)


    "“Finding a Place for Women in the Modern History of China” under the auspices of Humanities Public Forum IV. Chiang Mai University." (June 27, 2011)


    "“Staring At: Advertising and Narcissism in the Interwar Years,” Rutgers University, Confucius Institute*." (April 14, 2011)


    "“The Politics of Femininity in Chinese Thought of the Maoist Era”, Research Presentations under the auspices of Humanities Public Forum IV, Chulalongkorn University

     ." (June 28, 2011)

     Keynote Speaker

    ""Digital Humanities:  Frontier of Humanities Studies in Big Data Era,” Nanjing University." (July 2-5)


    ""Haunted: Temporalities of History and (Moving) Image in ‘Asia’ at 4Asias Conference, Cornell University." (November 3, 2017)


    ""In the Event of Women," Global Institute of Academic Networks (GIAN), Jawaharlal Nehru University

     ." (December 3-8 )


    "Keynote Address “China in the World, the World in China,” China Research Center (Emory, Agnes Scott and Georgia State University Consortium), November 30-December 1, 2014."


    "Keynote Speaker, The Cold War in Asia, University of Chicago: Center for East Asian Studies and Center for International Studies." (April 26)


    ""About the Historical Catachresis and the Historical Future Anterior in the History of Feminist Thought", Asian and Latin American Studies Symposium, University of Pittsburgh*

     ." (April 8, 2011)



    "A History of Women in China,"  Grace Chao Lecture Series, Agnes Scott College

    ." (November 14-16,2011)


    "Summer School Master Class, Fifth International Summer School,  “Gender and Women Issues in Chinese Transitional society,” Nanjing University Center for Modern China Studies, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, June 27, 2014."


    "'On the surface of a round mind’:  Commodity Financing and Distribution in Treaty Port China, 1844-1949, for Area, Again: Reframing Asia, Association of Asian Studies, Annual Meeting, March 28, 2015."


    ""Returning to Modernity? Shifting Historiographies and Histories of the Soviet Union, Germany, China,” Panel, American Historical Association, January 2–5, 2014 , Washington, DC."


    "“State versus State and Feminism in 1960-1970s People’s Republic of China,” Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, University of Massachusetts, Amherst." (June 9-13, 2011)



    “Demystifying Journal Publishing: Challenges of Editing, Publishing and Getting Published, Annual Meeting of the Association of Asian Studies, Honolulu

    ." (April 3, 2011)



    “New Themes and Directions in Chinese Art History”, Katherine R. Tsiang, Preliminary Gathering for Blackwell Companions Project, Annual Meeting of the AAS, Honolulu

    ." (April 1, 2011)

     Session Chair

    "Commentator, AAS panel, “Haunting Femininity and Postcolonial Imaginations,” 2017." (March 22-25, 2017)


    "Cold War Camera Research Workshop, Cold War Camera Mexico City, Feb. 13-14, 2015 Session Chair and Commenter."


    "Publication Workshop, “Preparing Your Manuscript for Publication in positions: asia critique,” Emory University, November 30, 2014



    "“The Chinese Commercial Advertising Archive, Digital Ephemera Project Workshop,” Rice University." (April 4-5)


    ""Introduction to In the Event of Women," Class, Capital, Culture, CCAS." (May 19)


    "“Ephemera, Industry, Imperialism,” Ephemera: Current and Future, Luce Foundation     2013 Workshop #3, Chao Center for Asian Studies, Rice University." (December 6)


    "“‘Asianisms’ and regional interaction and integration in Asia.” University of Freiburg." (October 14-15, 2011)


    "“What is a Market,” at “World without a Center: The Dispersal of Knowledge and Culture in the Planetary Age,” Shanghai Jiao Tong University   and Université de Montréal in Shanghai*." (October 21-23, 2011)

    Editorial Positions
     Editor, positions: asia critique. Duke University Press. (1993 - 2016)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Handbook of Modern Chinese Literature. Rutledge Press. (2015 - 2016)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Asian Journal of Women’s Studies. Ewha Women’s University, Seoul, Korea. (2005 - 2016)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Post-Colonial Studies. Post-Colonial Studies Group, Melborne. (1998 - 2016)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies . Routledge. (2000 - 2016)

     Other, Ping Zhu, Gender and Subjectivities in Early Twentieth-Century Chinese Literature and Culture. Palgrave. (2015 - 2015)

     Editor in Chief, positions: asia critique. Duke University Press. (1993 - 2017)

     Other, “Tractor girls and socialist modernity”. China Quarterly. (2015 - 2015)

     Other, “Area Impossible: The Geopolitics of Queer Studies". Gay Lesbian Quarterly (GLQ). (2015 - 2015)

     Other, Theatre, History, Politics: The Opening Scene of the Cultural Revolution. Duke University Press. (2015 - 2015)

     Other, “Socialist Feminism in Post-Socialist China”. positions: asia critique. (2015 - 2015)

     Other, Double Inheritance. University of Chicago Press. (2015 - 2015)

     Other, The Century of Women. Rowman and Littlefield Publishing . (2015 - 2015)

     Other, Arnika Fuhrmann, Ghostly Desires, Duke University Press. Duke University Press. (2015 - 2015)

    Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
      Best Special Issue of 2011, Council of Editors of Learned Journals of the Modern Languages Association (January 2011)

    Positions Held
     Chaired Visiting Professorship, Shanghai Jiao Tong University . (2012 - 2015)

     Affiliate Doctoral Professor, Graduate Faculty Appointment, University of Washington, Department of History. (2008 - 2016)

     Founding Member, Global University for Sustainability (GUS) at the World Social Forum. (2015 - 2016)