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    Dsh - Interuniversity Gender Research Seminar 2020 “Feminist Methodologies”

    Monday, 25 May, 2020 - 09:15 to Wednesday, 27 May, 2020 - 16:00
    Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering Campus
    sophie.withaeckx@vub.be

    The Gender Research Seminar is a yearly interdisciplinary course, jointly organized by VUB, UGent and UA, that offers PhD- students advanced training by renowned experts in research methods and topical issues in the field of Gender Studies and related fields such as Sexuality Studies, Queer Studies, Cultural Studies and Post-Colonial Studies. The course presents a combination of keynotes and masterclasses and addresses a broad range of students from a variety of academic disciplines.

    This year’s focus is on Feminist Methodologies. Feminist research is characterized by its thematic focus on the study of inequalities based on gender in interaction with other categories of differentiation; its incisive critiques on the assumed objectivity and neutrality of dominant research paradigms; and the development of feminist epistemologies centralizing questions of relationality, embodiment and ‘strong objectivity’ in the research relation. The insights developed in feminist research have therefore benefited to researchers recognizing the impact of positionality and power inequalities in research and exploring how these can be concretely integrated and applied in research. This year’s keynotes and masterclasses will particularly address: critical reflections on the uses of intersectionality and post-colonial theory in feminist theory & activism (Nikita Dhawan); feminist empirical ethics and how to combine empirical data and normative reflections (Alexis Paton); the impact of researching sensitive topics on the researcher (Nicole Westmarland). 

    After following the course, participants will be able to:
    1) Recognize different perspectives, central concepts and critical approaches in feminist research methodology
    2) Explain and present feminist concepts and research methods to a public of peers and apply them to their own research design
    3) Critically reflect on their positionality as researcher, their relation with research subjects and adjust their research design accordingly
    4) Apply general skills for synthesizing academic literature, academic writing and presenting

    Program:
    Day 1 (25 May)

    9:15-9:45 registration 
    9:45-10:00: welcome & introduction
    10:00-12:00: Lecture 1 – Nikita Dhawan – topic: critical reflections on the uses of intersectionality and post-colonial theory in feminist theory & activism
    12:00-13:00: lunch break
    13:00-16:00: masterclass 1 with Nikita Dhawan

    Day 2 (26 May)

    9:30-10:00: registration
    10:00-12:00: Lecture 2 – Alexis Paton – topic : feminist empirical ethics and how to combine empirical data and normative reflections
    12:00-13:00: lunch break
    13:00-16:00: masterclass 2 with Alexis Paton

    Day 3 (27 May)

    9:30-10:00: registration
    10:00-12:00: Lecture 3 – Nicole Westmarland – topic: the impact of researching sensitive topics on the researcher 
    12:00-13:00: lunch break
    13:00-16:00: masterclass 3 with Nicole Westmarland
     
    Sophie Withaeckx (sophie.withaeckx@vub.be)
    • UGent
    • Universiteit Antwerpen