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).
|Presenter||Patrick Grzanka*, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Situational Analysis and Critical Geography: Mapping Cartographies of Intersectionality||15||9:35 AM|
|Presenter||Andreanne Bissonnette*, , Territorialized Bodies: The Case for an Intersectional Geopolitical Approach to Analyze the Relations Between Power, Territories and Bodies in Accessing Healthcare||15||9:50 AM|
|Discussant||Maria Rodo-Zarate Universitat de Barcelona||15||10:05 AM|
|Discussant||Khyree Davis African and African Diaspora Studies at University of Texas at Austin||15||10:20 AM|
|Discussant||Madelaine Cahuas University of Minnesota||10||10:35 AM|
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