Invitation: Feminist Methodologies: PhD Workshop on Field Relations and Methodological Reflections
This PhD course on feminist methodologies addresses both those explicitly employing a poststructuralist feminist methodology, but also those simply curious about how such an approach may inform concrete fieldwork. The target group for the course includes both those about to do fieldwork and those who would like to engage in further reflection on the outcome of already accomplished fieldwork.
26.04.2017 kl. 09.00 - 16.00
The starting point for thinking in terms of feminist methodology is that as researchers we can never be simply ‘flies on the wall’ during fieldwork. Accepting this as a premise for doing fieldwork, how can such consciousness about our own position in the field be thought into our research design, analyses, and the entire research process?
We wish to engage with PhD students who are producing/have produced qualitative material (e.g. in the form of interviews, observations, ethnographic field work etc.) and discuss how this aspect of their PhD work relates to their theoretical framework. Wishing to establish the link between the concrete fieldwork and more abstract theoretical and methodological assumptions, the course takes its starting point in two questions:1) What was/is my own position vis-à-vis my research participants in my own concrete fieldwork? 2) How do my methodological reflections establish the premises for producing qualitative material?
The course has a workshop format, which means that participating PhDs will be required to present and discuss each other’s work. A short reading list will be distributed in advance of the workshop and all are expected to read and be prepared to discuss the readings in relation to concrete examples from their own and others’ work presented during the workshop. Each participant will need to send a 2-3 page ‘pre-reflection paper’ outlining initial ideas for answering our questions “1) What was/is my own position vis-à-vis my research participants in my own concrete fieldwork? 2) How do my methodological reflections establish the premises for producing qualitative material?”. These pre-reflections will be the basis for forming groups for the group work planned during the workshop.
After the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to submit at ‘post-reflection paper’ (5-10 pages) outlining their methodological consideration for their PhD thesis. Deadline for submission will be May 31st and written feedback will be provided by one of the course teachers.
All lectures and discussions will be in English.
9.00-9.15: welcome and presentation by Marlene Spanger
9.15-10.00: inspirational reflections on feminism and methodology by Kathy Davis
10.00-10.15: introduction to group work by Helene Pristed Nielsen
10.15-12.00: group work
13-15: presentation of outcome of group work – how to proceed from here?
15-15.20: coffee break
15.20-16.00: introduction to ‘post-reflection papers’ and evaluation of the workshop
Kathy Davis, senior researcher at the Department of Sociology, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam
Marlene Spanger, Associate Professor, Department of Culture and Global Studies, Aalborg University
Helene Pristed Nielsen, Associate Professor, Department of Culture and Global Studies, Aalborg University
Price and Registration
The course is free of charge for PhD-students enrolled at Aalborg University. Other participants will have to pay a fee of DKK 200. Please register before 5 April here, at this registration link you will also find registration for the The Annual Conference in Association for Gender Research which takes place on 27-28 April.
Please observe that you need to submit your 2-3 page pre-reflection paper to Marianne Høgsbro when you register.
Please submit your 5-10 page post-reflection paper no later than May 31st to Marianne Høgsbro.
Maximum number of participants: 16.
Participation and preparation for the workshop (reading + pre-reflection paper): 1 ECTS
Submission of post-reflection paper: +1 ECTS
Kathy Davis (2014), Intersectionality as Critical Methodology, In Writing Academic Texts Differently:Intersectional Feminist Methodologies and the Playful Art of Writing, edited by Nina Lykke. New York: Routledge.
Haraway, D. (1988). Situated knowledges: The science question in feminism and the privilege of partial perspective. Feminist Studies, 14(3): 575-599.
Spanger, Marlene & May-Len Skilbrei (2017) (forthcoming, 1st of March 2017) (eds): Prostitution Research in Context. Methodology, Representation and Power. Oxon: Routledge Publishers. (chapter 1, 5, 6, 8)
Spanger, Marlene (2012) ’You see how good-looking Lee Ann is!’ Establishing field relations through gendered and racialised bodily practices’. Qualitative Studies 3(2): 150-162.
Lather, P. (2000). Against empathy, voice and authenticity. Kvinder, Køn & Forskning, 9(4): 16-25.
Wolf, D. L. (1996). Situating feminist dilemmas in fieldwork. In: D. L. Wolf, ed, Feminist dilemmas in fieldwork. Boulder, CO.: Westview Press, pp. 1-55.
Søndergaard, D. M. (2002). Poststructuralist approaches to empirical analysis. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 15(2): 187-204
Kathy Davis (2016), ’Writing for Undergraduates’, editorial, European Journal of Women´s Studies, 23(1): 3-5
Culture and Global Studies PhD programme
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