The Making of Feminist Space and Places

Authors: Vera Zambonelli*,
Topics: Gender, Cultural Geography, Women
Keywords: feminist, places and spaces, youth
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/9/2020
Start / End Time: 4:55 PM / 6:10 PM
Room: Tower Court D, Sheraton, IM Pei Tower, Second Floor Level
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In this paper, I present a study of feminist placemaking understood as the processes that lead to the making of feminist place and spaces. How and under what conditions can feminist places and spaces emerge - and be sustained? What their main characteristics and attributes? Through these questions and a related set of inquiries, this research takes an activist feminist scholarship approach to examine social justice programs for young women (such as Making Media That Matters and Reel Camps for Girls) in Hawaiʻi. The research examined how each program in this study was developed, administered, and experienced. Variations were observed in the characteristics, intentions, motivations and management styles of the program directors and staff, the settings in which the program and activities were offered, and the characteristics and motivations of program participants. Based on the findings and acknowledgment of program-specific circumstances and the social relations that allow these programs to function as they do, I extract key factors, conditions, and processes to present a theory of feminist placemaking.

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