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Cultural Encounters — Result In Brief

Project ID: 299616
Funded under: FP7-PEOPLE
Country: Denmark

Gender theory and knowledge transfer

An EU study examined cross-cultural movement of knowledge in terms of exchange of gender theory between China and Scandinavia. The team proposed a new theoretical mechanism and established linkages with Chinese institutions.
Gender theory and knowledge transfer
The EU-funded CULTURAL ENCOUNTERS (Cross-cultural encounters – The travels of gender theory and practice to China and the Nordic countries) project examined cultural interaction and the creation of new knowledge. The study aimed to develop a theory explaining successful and unsuccessful movement of knowledge.

Work focused on the transfer of gender theories between China and the Nordic countries. Additional goals included transferring knowledge and fostering research networking between Chinese and Nordic institutions.

Project researchers advanced theoretical understanding concerning globalisation, feminism, travelling theory and cultural translation. Outcomes included development of an alternative methodological theory of travelling, grounded in reality and historical context. Findings were published as two papers and two books.

Team members organised the transfer of knowledge through a series of workshops, conferences and lectures. Faculty from the University of Copenhagen either visited Shanghai University or taught summer schools there.

The consortium also established linkages between Chinese and European universities. As a result, they planned to initiate new exchange programmes as well as joint postgraduate programmes.

CULTURAL ENCOUNTERS contributed a new theory explaining movements of gender theories, and the complex general reasons knowledge migrations may succeed or fail. The work furthermore helps European and other governments foster cross-cultural interactions with Asian colleagues.

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Gender theory, knowledge transfer, cross-cultural encounters, China, Nordic countries
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