Feminists Work – Mél Hogan
We are co-authoring a paper on the role of feminism(s) within contemporary academia, with a focus on Canadian and American contexts. This paper will be reviewed for the anthology: Invisible and Irrelevant? Contemporary Feminism and its Discontents (Palgrave Macmillan).
In general terms, our intent is to deconstruct the notion of ‘feminist research methods’ vis-à-vis institutionalized (academic) feminist labour, including mentorship, networking, and activism within and beyond the university setting.
A fundamental aim of our project is to build on, and integrate, the perspectives of scholars whose work intersects and confronts feminism, in both theory and practice.
Given your expertise, we’re wondering if you’re available to participate in our project by responding to a series of (brief) questions. The questions are included below. Feel free to answer questions as you see fit.
If you are able, we ask that you return the questionnaire by Wednesday, August 22. Please let us know if you require more time. Email your answers to email@example.com.
Additionally, in the event that we incorporate your response into the paper, please let us know if you would like to remain anonymous and/or if you have objections to being quoted verbatim.
We truly appreciate your valuable time and insights. Please feel free to pass this along to other folks who may be willing to share their thoughts on this topic.
Andrea & Mél
Building on your personal experiences within academic research formations, we ask that you reflect on and respond to any or all of the following questions:
- What makes research methods “feminist”?
- What is a feminist methodology?
- What are key values, actions, or politics of feminist methods?
- How have feminist methods evolved, dispersed, and/or adapted over time?
- What are the struggles and shortcomings to the concept of feminist research methods, both in theory and in practice? And how do they affect the potential of academic feminist interventions?
- How do notions of feminist labour, mentorship, and activism factor into academic research?