What does a gender perspective allow in research? How do we know research to be feminist, queer and/or postcolonial? In what ways does our own location and politics inform the ways we approach our research subjects? What questions does that raise for our work?
This session exclusive to LSE Gender Students will be run as an interactive workshop led by PhD students from the Department of Gender Studies. It aims at both collectively exploring the possibilities and tensions inherent to gender research, and asking what does it mean to say we are working with gender studies. Three brief papers engage with the possibilities, tensions, and contradictions of doing gender research within the neo-liberal, neo-colonial academy. We will discuss the dangers of co-optation and de-politicisation of the feminist agenda; the challenges of navigating relationships and power structures within the academy, and promise and pitfalls of institutional attempts to decolonise gender studies.
Presenters: Melissa Chacon, Priya Raghavan and Tomás Ojeda.