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
Mushrooms and Museums: This section of the course examines a feminist approach to curating music history and historiography. By exhibiting instruments, pictures, sounds, memorabilia of mostly composers, sometimes instrumentalists or instrument builders, music museums process narratives about music and its history to their visitors. Music history however is, as generations of feminist musicologists have shown, strongly shaped by the neglect of perspectives of female and non-heterosexual experiences. Historiography gravitates to and from male actors and taxonomies. As Meaghan Morris pointed out, feminism “is not easily adapted to heroic progress narratives”, in which these narratives are rooted and continue to contribute to; neither do feminist ideals and patriarchal structures in which museums are embedded go together well. The aim here is to uncover from a feminist point of view the relations exhibitions in music instrument museums and popular music museums are embedded in and how a feminist approach might be possible even so.
Day 1 (November 11)
10.00 Welcome and opening remarks
10.10-12.00 Lecture and reflexivity discussion (Deatra Walsh)
13.15-14.45 Working group sessions
14.45-15.15 Coffee break
15.15-17:00 Working group sessions
Day 2 (November 12)
10.00-12.00 Lecture and discussion (Malin Rönnblom)
12.00 - 13.00 Lunch
13.00 - 15.00 Lecture and discussion (Katrin Losleben)
15.00 - 15.30 Break
15.30 – 17.00 Wrap-up-session
Day 3 (November 13)
9.00-12.00 Self-study working session
12.00-12.30 Lunch and close
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.