Feminist research methods and intersectionality I

Type: Virtual Paper
Sponsor Groups: Black Geographies Specialty Group, Feminist Geographies Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/9/2021
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:15 AM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 42
Organizers: LaToya Eaves, Karen Falconer Al-Hindi
Chairs: LaToya Eaves

Call for Submissions

We invite papers concerned with methods and intersectionality in feminist geography.

Some questions to consider include:

• What makes feminist research in geography intersectional?

• Should certain intersectional identities/axes of oppression be prioritized?

• What is an anti-essentialist approach to considering who may speak from/about intersectionality?

• What does acknowledgement of intersectionality’s Black feminist roots look like in feminist geography?

• Can geographers who are White use intersectionality as a framework in their methods and research?


What makes feminist research in geography intersectional? This question extends the opening question to Pamela Moss’ Feminist Geography in Practice: Research and Methods (2002) and pushes us to consider the tools and perspectives necessary to incorporate intersectionality into geographic methods and feminist geography research. Integrating intersectionality with feminist methods in geography is important and can push thinking through geographic phenomena as they work in conjunction with systems of oppression (Cahuas 2019).

Intersectionality has entered into mainstream scholarly and activist discourses with great vigor. With roots in more than a century of Black feminist thinking and Black women’s activism, intersectionality as methodology can unveil the structures of oppression undergirded by politics, location, scale, and place through power and reification of difference. The term itself was introduced by Kimberlé Crenshaw within the contexts of critical race theory and the law. She described the obstructions to justice experienced by black women through discrimination and the legal system, stating intersectionality “grew out of trying to conceptualize the way the law responded to issues where both race and gender discrimination were involved” (Crenshaw 2004, 4). Feminist geographers responded with enthusiasm to Valentine’s (2007) call for a taking up of intersectionality within the field. Intersectionality-associated investigations of raced, gendered, and classed experiences and place-making have employed a wide variety of research methods. However, as Mollett and Faria (2018) argue: “Intersectionality continues to represent a contested space of intellectual struggle within feminist geography.” Questions have arisen around some issues concerning, for example: investigations that ignore race (Mollett and Faria, 2018); who can speak (about) intersectionality (Bilge, 2020); and the importance of recognizing intersectionality’s origins in Black feminist thinking (Hopkins, 2017).


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Karen Falconer Al-Hindi*, University of Nebraska Omaha, LaToya Eaves, University of Tennessee Knoxville, For an ‘intersectional sensibility’ in feminist geography methodologies 15 8:00 AM
Presenter Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt*, The Australian National University, Intersectionality in gender and development practice: A useful tool or blunt-edged sword? 15 8:15 AM
Discussant Carla Macal Univeristy of Oregon 15 8:30 AM
Discussant April Graham-Jackson University of California - Berkeley 8 8:45 AM
Discussant Robert Moeller University of California - Berkeley 8 8:53 AM

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