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Transformative Feminist Methods Conference
10th September 2014, Durham University, UK.
Keynote: Professor Sandra Harding, University of California.
In 1986 Sandra Harding’s The Science Question in Feminism questioned whether the ‘gold standard’ scientific method was capable of producing knowledge not tainted by sexism and ethnocentrism. Harding argued for a feminist standpoint theory, which privileged the voices and lives of marginalized subject/agents of knowledge, to generate knowledge about society capable of transforming society and academia. Over the past 30 years feminist methods have continued to question the limitations of knowledge produced within dominant paradigms and changed the ways in which research is done across multiple disciplines. This conference aims to provoke discussion and debate, and showcase diverse transformative feminist methods at work within the neo-liberal University, the digital age and ‘austerity’ Britain.
We are interested in abstracts and proposals for papers, posters, performances, short films, panels, artwork, or any other innovative means to present and discuss ideas. We are especially interested in transformative feminist practice at the intersections of academia and social change including research with art, film/television and music, digital technologies, protest/revolt/social movements, histories/heritage/cultural memory, marginal experiences and/or ‘other’ identities (e.g. genders, sexualities, race, class, ability, size, age, immigration status) and/or oppressions (e.g. sexism, homophobia, racism, colonialism, speciesism, transphobia). This could include research methods known as research-creation, participatory action research, visual methods, ethnography, oral histories as well as experiences of doing research in a feminist way (e.g. prefigurative politics, para-academia, non-hierarchical arrangements, consensus-decision making, legacy projects).
Abstracts or proposals of no more than 300 words including your name and any institutional affiliations should be submitted to [log in to unmask] no later than 31 July 2014.
The conference is free to attend with free lunch and refreshments. Details of a travel and accommodation bursary scheme will be made available on acceptance of abstract.
This conference is organised by a team of postgraduate and early career researchers at Durham University Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse (see www.durham.ac.uk/criva for more info) and funded by the ESRC. Follow us on twitter @fem_conf14 or facebook /femconf_durham14