Critical feminist research methods: investigating gendered bodies, spaces, and struggles I

Type: Virtual Paper
Theme:
Sponsor Groups: Feminist Geographies Specialty Group, Qualitative Research Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/7/2021
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:15 AM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 43
Organizers: Shae Frydenlund, Jennifer Fluri
Chairs: Shae Frydenlund

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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.

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.


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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.

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.


Agenda

Type Details Minutes Start Time
Discussant Shae Frydenlund University of Colorado Boulder 15 8:00 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 8:15 AM
Presenter Molly Polk*, University of Texas at Austin, Lindsey Carte, Universidad de la Frontera, Feminist remote sensing: Situating knowledge in the case of Chile’s forest plantation expansion 15 8:30 AM
Presenter Pavithra Vasudevan*, University of Texas - Austin, The storytelling human: On the curatorial and choreographic possibilities of Black feminist praxis 15 8:45 AM
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 9:00 AM

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