In Search of Feminist Space: Gendered Representation, Absences, and Sexism at Work

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Feminist Geographies Specialty Group, Cultural Geography Specialty Group
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Day: 4/9/2020
Start / End Time: 4:55 PM / 6:10 PM
Room: Tower Court D, Sheraton, IM Pei Tower, Second Floor Level
Organizers: Ibipo Johnston-Anumonwo, Vera Zambonelli, Christabel Devadoss
Chairs: Christabel Devadoss


Gendered spaces coexist with entrenched sexism. Under what conditions then do feminist places and spaces emerge and how can they be sustained? Presenters in this session discuss sexism and gender-based discrimination in different professional settings, spaces, workplaces and contexts. An academic’s discursive analysis of landscape photography problematizes exclusion of people of color as a continuation of professional practices that reinforce white, Western colonialism. Findings from an activist feminist scholarship inquiry of social justice programs for young women in Hawaii are deployed to formulate a theory of feminist placemaking. Outside the United States, in Asia and Latin America, case studies of contemporary internet entrepreneurship in Shenzhen, China and intensified financialization of coffee production in Oaxaca-Mexico reveal gendered disparities in access to equipment, capital, credit, land, other assets and in risk taking. The papers show how relatively disadvantaged social status and geographical location of marginalized women and girls produce and reproduce the sexist world of work. In order to create feminist space, it is essential that existing gendered social relations and management styles have to change.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Vera Zambonelli*, , The Making of Feminist Space and Places 15 4:55 PM
Presenter Christabel Devadoss*, Middle Tennessee State University , Monolith, the colonial face of landscape photography 15 5:10 PM
Presenter Yiling Luo*, The University of Hong Kong, Roger Chan, The University of Hong Kong, Gendered Internet entrepreneurship at the coworking space: case from Shenzhen, China 15 5:25 PM
Presenter Tad Mutersbaugh*, University of Kentucky, Financialization in Coffee Producer cooperatives: banks, futures, creditworthiness and gender 15 5:40 PM

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