Dr Maria Jaschok is a Research Fellow at Lady Margaret Hall and Director of the International Gender Studies Centre (IGS) at Lady Margaret Hall (LMH). She is a member of Contemporary China Studies, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies.
Her research interests are in the areas of gendered constructions of memory; feminist and aural ethnography; innovative research methodologies and uses of oral history in the writing of women’s history in Asian contexts (particularly in regard to China). She has conducted collaborative research projects in central China since 1994, addressing issues and implications of growing female membership of religions for local citizenship and civil society. She has co-presented and co-authored with her Chinese collaborator, Shui Jingjun, in China and internationally, in Chinese and in English, seeking to make published findings fully accessible to their respective home audiences. Their most recent book, Women, Religion, and Space in China, was published by Routledge. It forms the sequel to the study of female-led Islamic traditions in China, published in 2000/2002, and entitled The History of Women’s Mosques in Chinese Islam (Curzon). Jaschok participated in the Women’s Empowerment in Muslim Contexts Research Programme Consortium as a lead researcher, co-ordinating the IGS/China research component. Issues of Empowerment informed, and problematized, both the research framework of the international project and local applications of an aspired feminist methodology (DFID, 2006-2010). She is currently collaborating with ethno-musicologists and sociologists in a study of Islamic soundscapes in China and their function and place in recovery of ruptured collective memory (Leverhulme grant).
She is a member of many international academic and professional organizations, serving on steering committees, editorial and advisory boards in order to contribute to the future of Chinese gender studies to academe at home and abroad. Among her roles: Member of Advisory Editorial Board for Gendering Asia series, NIAS, Copenhagen, Denmark. Member of International Advisory Board, Research Center of Translation Studies, China Women's University, Beijing, China. Member of Editorial Board, Berliner China-Hefte, Chinese History and Society. Berlin: Lit Verlag, Germany. Member of Academic Advisory Committee of ‘China in Comparative Perspective Network (CCPN)’, LSE, London, UK. Founder member of the Women’s Initiative on International Affairs in Asia, Hong Kong. Co-founder: Women and Gender in Chinese Studies Network (WAGNet) and Women and Gender in Chinese Studies Review, Oxford, UK.