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FEMINIST METHODOLOGIES:
SITUATED KNOWLEDGE PRACTICES
 

Date:
December 8-10, 2009

Deadline for application:
October 23, 2009

Venue:
University of Umeå, Umeå, Sweden

Teachers:
Dr. Katie King, Associate professor of women’s studies, University of Maryland, USA,
Dr. Ulrika Dahl, Assistant professor of gender studies, Södertörn University College, Sweden
Dr. Malin Rönnblom, assistent professor of gender studies, Umeå University, Sweden.

Coordinators:
Dr. Malin Rönnblom, Umeå University, in collaboration with Research
School Director, Prof Nina Lykke, Linköping University, Sweden

Course description:
Feminist methodologies are all about critical, reflexive and visionary ideas about knowledges being made, shared, used, demonstrated, patterned and organized. This course attends to some themes related to how, in a global era, feminists/gender scholars labor to participate in a universe in which we are only some of the objects, devices, things, processes and trial and error reassemblages in self-organizing "learning".
We begin by considering some methodological dilemmas connected to understanding global academic restructuring, networking knowledge economies, and transdisciplinarity.
Next we hone in on reconsiderations of two "classic" methods: ethnography and policy analysis. In gender studies a wide range of scholars employ ethnographic methods and/or what Donna Haraway (1996) has called an ‘ethnographic attitude’ whilst studying a wide range of objects, phenomena, fields and actors. What are the gains and dilemmas of such approaches? In particular, we consider questions of authority, representation and truth claims at the intersection of the bio/ethnographic in writing and research. What is the relationship between fiction, biography and ethnography and how do we translate, tell, and interpret stories? How are subjects constituted in feminist ethnography and how are understandings of relations of representation accounted for?
Last, we consider the field of feminist policy analysis. Here we focus on three important aspects in the field of constructive studies of politics; how to do comparative analysis, how to ‘turn away’ from a ‘gender/women’-only power analysis into creating an intersectional, feminist policy analysis and the need for reflexivity in the studies of politics. Moving between scales and modes of analysis, this course revisits old themes and considers new methodological challenges for gender studies in the 21st century.


Programme:

Arrival December 7 (evening).

Day 1 (December 8)

9.00 - 9.30 Registration and coffee
9.30 – 10.00 Welcome to Umeå Centre for Gender Studies and to the course
10.00 -12.00 Lecture and discussion (Katie King): We have never been human: Feminist Posthumanisms in Context
12.00-13.15 Lunch
13.13-14.45 Discussion with Katie King of the readings related to lecture
14.45-15.15 Coffee break
15.15- 18/18.30 Group sessions with presentation and discussion of
students' papers (3 groups led by Ulrika Dahl, Katie King and Malin Rönnblom).
19.00 Dinner


Day 2 (December 9)

9.30-11.30 Lecture and discussion (Ulrika Dahl): Feminist Ethnography for transdisciplinary Gender Studies: The politics of Narration and Representation revisited
11.30-12.45 Lunch
12.45-14.15 Discussion with Ulrika Dahl of the readings related to lecture
14.15-14.45 Coffee break
14.45 – 17/18 Group sessions with presentation and discussion of
students' papers (3 groups).
19.00 Dinner


Day 3 (December 10)

9.30-11.30 Lecture and discussion (Malin Rönnblom): Comparisons, intersectionalities and reflexivities – demanding challenges for feminist policy analysis.
11.30-12.45 Lunch
12.45-14.15 Discussion with Malin Rönnblom of the readings related to lecture
14.15-14.45 Coffee break
14.45-16.15 Panel conversation and Course evaluation
Departure




Literature:
For Katie King:
• Gregory Bateson, Steps to an Ecology of Mind (Chicago 2000): Part I: Metalogues, pp. 3-60. (57)
• Katie King, "Feminist and Writing Technologies, Teaching Queerish Travels through maps, territories and pattern." Configurations 2/1 (Winter 1994): 89-106 (17)
•Donna Haraway, When Species Meet (Minnesota 2008): Ch 1-2, Ch 11-12. (67 + 26)
• Kath Weston, Gender in Real Time (Routledge 2002): Preface, Ch 1, 2, 5 (59 + 14)
•Sharon Traweek, "Faultlines." In Doing Science + Culture, eds. Reid and Traweek (Routledge 2000): 21-48. (27)
• Geoff Bowker and Leigh Star, Sorting things Out (MIT 2000): Intro, Part I: Ch 1, pp. 1-50 (50)
= 317 pp. total

Recommended:

N. Katherine Hayles, How we became posthuman (Chicago 1999)
Julie Thompson Klein, Crossing Boundaries: Knowledge, Disciplinarities, and Interdisciplinarities (Virginia 1996)
Bruno Latour, War of the Worlds: what about peace? (Prickly Paradigm, 2002)
Steven Johnson, Emergence (Scribner 2001)
Sheila Slaughter and Gary Rhoades, Academic Capitalism and the New Economy (Hopkins 2004)


For Ulrika Dahl:

At least ONE, preferably TWO of the following “ethnographic” works must be considered:

Frankenberg, Ruth (1993) White Women, Race Matters: The Social Construction of Whiteness. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
Rodriguez, Juana Maria (2003) Queer Latinidad: Identity Practices, Discursive Spaces. New York: New York University Press.
Sturgeon, Noelle (1996) Ecofeminist Natures: Race, Gender, Feminist Theory and Political Action. New York: Routledge
Volcano, Del La Grace & Ulrika Dahl (2008) Femmes of Power: Exploding Queer Femininities. London: Serpent’s Tail

Articles:
Alarcón, Norma (1990) ‘The Theoretical Subject(s) of This Bridge Called My Back and Anglo-American Feminism’ in Anzaldua, Gloria, ed. Making Face, Making Soul (Haciendo Caras): Creative and Critical Perspectives by Feminists of Color. San Francisco: Aunt Lute Books. Pp. 356-369 = 13p
Haraway, Donna (1996) ‘Modest_Witness@Second_Millennium. FemaleMan©_Meets_OncoMouse. New York: Routledge. Chapters 1 and 5. 26+40p=66p.
Halberstam, Judith (2003) “What’s That Smell? Queer Temporalities and Subcultural Lives.” International Journal of Cultural Studies 6:3 pp. 313—333= 20p
Lorde, Audre Zami- a new spelling of my name. (excerpt)
Minh-ha, Trinh T. (1990) ‘Not You/Like You: Post-Colonial Women and the Interlocking Questions of Identity and Difference’. in Anzaldua, Gloria, ed. Making Face, Making Soul (Haciendo Caras): Creative and Critical Perspectives by Feminists of Color. San Francisco: Aunt Lute Books. 371-375 = 4p
Presser, Lois (2005) ‘Negotiating Power and Narrative in Research: Implications for Feminist Methodology’ Signs 30(4)2067-2090= 23p.
Taylor, Verta & Leila J. Rupp (2005) ‘When the Girls Are Men: Negotiating Gender and Sexual Dynamics in a study of Drag Queens’ Signs 30(4):2115-2139=24p.
Viesweswaran, Kamala (1994) ‘Defining feminist ethnography’. In Fictions of Feminist Ethnography. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Recommended:
Mohanty, Chandra T. (1991) ‘Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses’. From Mohanty, Russo and Torres eds. Third World Women and the Politics of Feminism. Bloomington: University of Indiana Press. Pp. 51-80.
Moraga, Cherrie (1983) “A long line of vendidas”. from Loving in the War Years. Boston: South End Press. S. 90-144.
Viesweswaran, Kamala (1997) ‘Histories of feminist ethnography’ Annual Review of Anthropology 26:591-621.


For Malin Rönnblom:

Books:
Bacchi, Carol. 2009. Analysing Policy: What's the Problem Represented to Be? Pearson Education Australia. Chapter 1, 2, 10 and one of the chapters 3-9 (approx. 60 p.)

Articles:
Bacchi, Carol. 2008. “The Issue of Intentionality in Frame Theory: The Need for Reflexive Framing”, in Lombardo, Emanuela et al, The Discursive Politics of Gender Equality. Stretching, Bending and Policymaking. London: Routledge. (pp. 19-35)
Bredström, Anna. 2006. “Intersectionality: A challenge for feminist HIV/AIDS research?” European Journal of Women's Studies, Vol. 13, No. 3. (pp. 229-243)
Feree, Myra Marx. 2009. “Inequality, intersectionality and the politics of discourse. Framing Feminist Alliances” in Lombardo, Emanuela et al. The Discursive Politics of Gender Equality. Stretching, Bending and Policymaking. London: Routledge. (pp. 86-104)
Knapp, Gudrun-Axeli. 2005. “Race, class, gender: reclaiming baggage in fast travelling theories” In European Journal of Women's Studies, vol. 12, nr 3. (pp. 249-265)
Rönnblom, Malin. 2005. “Challenges in the Studies of Comparative Constructions of Gender Equality”, in The Greek Review of Social Research, Vol 117. (pp.235-249)
Verloo, Mike and Emanuela Lombardo. 2009. “Stretching and bending gender equality: a discursive politics approach”, in The Discursive Politics of Gender Equality. Stretching, Bending and Policymaking. London: Routledge.

Recommended:
Brown, Wendy. 1995. “Finding the Man in the State”, in States of Injury. Power and Freedom in Late Modernity. Princeton: Princeton University Press. (pp. 166-196)
Massey, Doreen. 2005. For Space. Sage. (222p.)
Kantola, Johanna. 2006. Feminists Theorize the State. New York: Palgrave MacMillan. (197p.)
Mouffe, Chantal. 2005. On the Political. London: Routledge. (130p.)


OBS
Participants must buy or borrow the books mentioned. Information on how to access the articles will be sent out as soon as possible.

No reader will be sent out because of copyright restrictions.



Applicants:
25 applicants, 21 participants: Denmark 2, Finland 3, Hungary 1, Norway 4, Poland 1, Russia 1, Sweden 7, UK 1, Ukraine 1.

This is the last PhD course offered by the Nordic Research School in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies.
For new courses please visit www.intergender.net/


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