gender & footbinding

“Secularizing the pain of footbinding: Missionary and medical stagings of the universal body.” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 75.1 (March 2007): 1-24. PDF


“Bound to be represented: theorizing/fetishizing footbinding” in Embodied Modernities: refiguring body politics in China” ed. By Fran Martin and Larissa Heinrich and Fran Martin (University of Hawaii Press, 2006). Pp. 21-41. PDF


“Queering filiality, raising the dead,” Journal of the history of sexuality 10.2 (April 2001): 195-201. PDF


the Stiletto Project 高跟鞋

This collaborative performance was done in 2008 with model Chen Juanhong and her students. It featured a pair of stilettos that had tiny Chinese seals carved in their heels. Many long-standing interests flow together for me in this project: The desk as a scene of power and play; in China, the political power of the act of sealing 盖章; the skills of calligraphy and painting and their relation to the performing body; the tradition of bound-foot women in China contrasting with flamenco dancing, where stamping women provide the percussion and lead the band. The project awaits a second phase… See the first phase here.