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Critical feminist research methods II: Investigating gendered bodies, spaces, and struggles

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Qualitative Research Specialty Group, Feminist Geographies Specialty Group, Queer and Trans Geographies Specialty Group
Organizers: Shae Frydenlund, Jennifer Fluri
Chairs: Shae Frydenlund


Feminist methods are rooted in the politics of representation, problematizing uniform categories of ‘woman,’ ‘Third World woman,’ and ‘feminism’ to understand how gendered relations, racism, and class positioning differently shape subjects’ experiences of space and place (Pulido 1997). Researchers also use feminist methods to address uneven power dynamics between researcher and research subjects, to co-create knowledge rather than extract it from vulnerable populations (Nagar 2006; 2014), and to critically reflect on researcher positioning in the ‘field’ (Faria and Mollett 2016). From the perspective of feminist geographers, the relationship between gendered hierarchies and the production of space provides a critical starting point for examining broader geographical phenomena. This panel seeks to bring together scholars who use feminist research methods to investigate geographical problems at the interconnected scales of the body, home, community, nation, and beyond, asking: how did feminist geography research methods shape research findings? What unexpected results emerged from this research? What benefits and what costs emerged, and for whom? What barriers challenged you as a geography researcher using feminist methods? This panel is designed to interrogate and reflect upon feminist geography methods and to build community among scholars using feminist methods. We welcome papers that address but are not limited to:

• Qualitative feminist methods
• Quantitative feminist methods
• Photovoice, theatre of the oppressed, collective writing methodologies
• Political economy of scholarly research
• Whiteness and gender in the field
• Feminist geopolitics of research
• Socialist, anarchist, and critical perspectives on feminist research

Papers will be compiled in an application for a special issue in the journal Gender, Place, and Culture. Please send an abstract to Shae Frydenlund at


Faria, Caroline and Sharlene Mollett. (2016). Critical feminist reflexivity and the politics
of whiteness in the ‘field’. Gender, Place & Culture, 23(1), 79-93.

Nagar, Richa and the Sangtin writers. (2006). Playing with Fire: Feminist thought and
activism through seven lives in India. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Nagar, Richa. (2014). Muddying the waters: Coauthoring feminisms across scholarship
and activism. Chicago: University of Illinois Press.

Pulido, Laura. (1997). “Community, place, and identity,” In Jones, J. P., Nast, H. J., &
Roberts, S. M. (Eds.). Thresholds in feminist geography: Difference, methodology,
representation. New York: Rowman & Littlefield.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Anna Mansson McGinty*, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, “I’m Muslim, what are you?”: Feminist reflections on identities and positionalities in interviews with Muslim American youth 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Pavithra Vasudevan*, University of Texas - Austin, On the curatorial and choreographic possibilities of Black feminist praxis 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Hanieh Haji Molana*, Kent State University, Sarah Beechboard*, Kent State University, “I don’t have a bomb:” A Journey through Muslim Female Students’ Everyday Life in the United States  15 12:00 AM
Presenter Yang Yang*, National University Of Singapore, Gendering The Researcher’s Body: Ethno-Religious Identity, Femininity, and Participant Observation in Muslim Bridal Salons in Northwestern China 15 12:00 AM
Discussant Jennifer Fluri University of Colorado, Boulder 15 12:00 AM

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