Senter for kvinne- og kjønnsforskning/The Center for Women´s and Gender Research invites to its biannual PhD course 11.-13. november 2019 Fornemmelse for kjønn. Instructors are Katrin Losleben, Malin Rönnblom og Deatra Walsh. 

The time limit for submission of applications has been extended until September 1, 2019.

More about this course and how to apply this way.

This course is suitable for students from a variety of disciplines within the humanities and social sciences who wish to deepen the exploration of their materials through feminist and gender epistemology, theory and methodology. 
The course will have a special focus on theorizing gender and power in relationship to politics, artefacts and societies. It is organized around these three themes and will provide students with the opportunity of focusing on one of these in the course assignment. The 3-day course meeting will consist of lectures and group discussion seminars where the students both will discuss assigned course readings, as well as their own research projects. 
The aim of the course is to assist the students in theorizing and analyzing their material, in applying advancing methods and to discuss challenges and pitfalls that occur when doing feminist and gender research. Malin Rönnblom, Deatra Walsh and Katrin Losleben will provide lectures in which they present examples of their own research and approach to materials from their respective points of expertise.

Lecture 1: Deatra Walsh
Doing feminist research
Doing research at a graduate level involves the continuum from idea to proposal to the field to writing the thesis itself. The research process is steeped in reflexivity, even for the most seasoned quantitative practitioners, because so many decisions must be made along the way. Doing feminist research puts these decision-making processes under increased scrutiny because it forces us to consider gendered (and other) power dynamics at every stage of our work.
This lecture focuses on how we come to think about our research, propose it, conduct it and then write about. It provides clear ideas, and examples, on how to handle these processes before heading to the field (including secondary data analysis), and afterwards, using feminist practice – and querying what that actually means to the work that we do. Students will receive training on writing, structure, and research question formulation pre and post-fieldwork.

Lecture 2: Malin Rönnblom
Feminist frameworks meet critical policy analysis
This section of the course focuses on how to combine critical policy analysis with a feminist theoretical framework. Carol Bacchi’s (1999, 2009, 2016) methodology ”What’s the problem represented to be? Approach” will work as a point of departure for this discussion. Issues like comparison, reflexivity and how to analyse gendered as well as intersecting power relations will be addressed and discussed. The section will include both discussions of the course literature as well as hands-on analysis.

Lecture 3: Katrin Losleben
Biopic struggles: Understanding gendered narratives, reception and media usage in contemporary film
Only a handful of female musicians are the subject of 21st-century biopics. This section of the course focuses on the concept of (mental) illness or struggling which is often seen in musicians´ biographies. Illness/struggling on will be examined on three different levels: First, on the narrative level: How is (mental) illness/struggling depicted both in biopics of male and of female artists? What gendered patterns are there? Second, on the reception level: In how far is the depiction of sickness/struggling important for the audience: do the viewers use it for their own worlding and if so, how? Third, on the media level: How do neoliberal media forms go together with the affectedness by illness/struggling? Do female musicians use the media to claim ownership over their illness/struggling or does the use of the illness-trope support the exploitation of their persona for the market´s sake?
Preliminary Course Schedule
Day 1 (November 11)
9.00-9.30 Registration and coffee
9.30-10.00 Welcome and opening remarks
10.00-12.00 Lecture and discussion (Deatra Walsh)
12.00-13.15 Lunch
13.13-14.45 Working group sessions
14.45-15.15 Coffee break
15.15-17:00 Working group sessions
19.00 Dinner
Day 2 (November 12)
9.00-11.00 Lecture and discussion (Malin Rönnblom)
11.00-11.15 Break
11.15-13.15 Lecture and discussion (Katrin Losleben)
13.15-14.00 Lunch
14.00-15.30 Working group sessions
15.30-15:45 Break
15.45-17.00 Working group sessions
19.00 Dinner
Day 3 (November 13)
9.00-10.45 Working group sessions
10.45-11.00 Break
11.00-12.30 Roundtable based on working group sessions.
12.30 Lunch and close


Writing requirements 
Before you attend the course, you must prepare and send approx. 500 words (2 to 4 pages) regarding your planned or conducted research and its feminist methodological angles and applications. You must also comment on the strengths of using feminist methodology in your work, and the challenges it poses.  
After the course, a final paper is required of up to 10 pages (using references from the course), which answers the following question:
Discuss the role of feminist and gender epistemology, theory and methodology relative to your research.




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