The Beijing Women's Network holds Spotlight Dinners twice a month in order to bring our membership together to get to know each other and share professional and personal experiences working and living in Beijing.
Each dinner we spotlight one of our members, who then leads a discussion centered around their own experiences or a topic of choice. This week, Trude Sundberg, co-founder of QHumanity, will share her experiences working in the private sector and academia, how her experiences have influenced her attitude and values and how feminism relates to her as a queer woman.
About Trude Sundberg: Trude Sundberg is a co-founder of QHumanity, the co-director of the University of Kent's Q-Step Centre, and a lecturer in Social Policy. She is a social scientist working to improve conditions for vulnerable groups through research, workshops, and teaching. Trude will talk about her work in the private sector and academia and what ignited a change towards more activist-led research and initiatives. She will share her experiences of being a young female leader, how to leverage challenges and strengths women have, and how her own experiences of difference, vulnerability and needs have influenced her professional and personal life. She will share how feminism and eco-feminism have influenced her as a queer woman.
Our dinner this week would be held at Q-Space, a community maker space in Beijing that Trude created.
Trude and other Q-Space community members will be preparing a home-cooked vegetarian dinner. Dinner cost is RMB50 per person.
About Q-Space: Q-Space is a grassroots community making space with a focus on promoting diversity. Q-Space works with women and the lgbtq+ community to provide space and tools for people to engage in community projects. So far they have organized a social change capacity building conference, created a rainbow ride storytelling public art installation, and carried out interviews with taxi drivers for an art research project. Q-Space is a safe space for women and technology and runs regular workshops with Taskforce XX.
Co-founder of QHumanity and Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Kent
Trude got her PhD in Social Policy from the University of Kent, her MSc in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and her MPhil in Political Science from the University of Oslo. Her current research focuses on questions on how attitudes, stereotypes, and values are shaped, changed, and how we can create new narratives. Her work and passion to achieve sustainable social change have taken her from doing research for pharmaceutical companies towards research, teaching and activism, with a focus on gender diversity, social inclusion and queer feminism.
The only cost associated with the dinners is the cost of the meal divided by the number of individuals. Trude and other Q-Space community members will be preparing a home-cooked vegetarian dinner. The estimated cost of dinner is around 50 RMB per person. For a complete menu refer to the Documents page.