Engaging with a shift to the empirical in feminist scholarship: A symposium

Presenter/s: Organisers: Susan Goodwin and Suzanne Egan

Event type: Symposium

Event date: Friday, 11 November 2016 - 12:30pm to 4:30pm

Event venue: University of Sydney

Empirical research is by no means ‘new’ to feminism and indeed has a long tradition both inside and out- side the academy. Recent commentary has focused on (re)‘turn’ or shift towards the empirical in contemporary feminist scholarship, highlighting the novel/exciting methodological challenges and orientations this entails (for example Adkins and Denver 2015, Asberg, Thiel & Tuin 2015, Frost 2011, Silius 2010 )

The symposium has two key objectives. The first is to consider the possibilities this re-engagement with the empirical holds for innovative theoretical and methodological developments (including a lessening of their traditional dichotomised relationship) and the second to examine this development in the context of the social and political context in which knowledge is produced both within and outside the academy. In addition, we are keen to provide an opportunity, and a space, an opportunity to engage in cross- institutional and cross-disciplinary dialogue.

The format will be roundtable discussion, with a call for participants in September 2016. We are keen to have input from scholars from across the academic career spectrum - from early-stage doctoral researchers onwards – and from across the range of disciplinary locations. Our aim is to facilitate a relaxed but intellectually stimulating environment where knowing, not knowing and unknowing are equally valid.

Participants will be asked to prepare a short five to ten-minute discussion on a concept or theory of relevance to contemporary feminist scholarship and to make links to methodological innovations and challenges. For example, how does one design and conduct research that incorporates a non-binary concept of gen- der or operationalise intersectionality theory for the purpose of conducting empirical research? We are re- ally happy for people to contact us about concepts or theories they are interested in either presenting on or hearing about.

Two small bursaries are available for low-income participants. They are to enable a doctoral researcher and a casual academic or researcher to travel from either rural NSW or interstate to attend the symposium.

This event has been made possible by a funding grant from the Australian Women and Gender Studies Association. Lunch will be provided.

For further information or to RSVP please contact Suzanne Egan: suzanne.egan@sydney.edu.au 



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