Intersectionalities of Power in Research: Strategies for Action and Justice

Wednesday, 13 July 2016: 10:45-12:15
Location: Hörsaal 33 (Main Building)
RC32 Women in Society (host committee)

Language: English

Academic activism has been growing as a methodological strategy to advance grassroots struggles for a better world while bridging the scholarly, political and community realms. Also known as participatory action research and activist research, this kind of approach has been central to feminist movements within and beyond academia.
Together with this activist commitment to further knowledge through collective projects, scholars have found themselves in conflictive situations given the contradictions and risks inherent to working in the various fields where action research tends to take place. Feminist activist scholars have been especially aware of relational dynamics in research (which intersect sexuality, gender, social class, race, ethnicity, nationality, age, bodily abilities, and so on), and developed theories and methodological strategies to acknowledge power relations as well as prevent and/or cope with potential abuses of power.
In this setting, panelists are invited to focus on how researchers have experienced relational dynamics in their projects while addressing abuses of power within/between participants, researchers and/or outsiders.
How do power relationships underlie and undermine research projects? How do abusive situations affect research processes? How do (abusive) power dynamics influence the scholarly collective creation of knowledge and the possibilities of advancing community struggles?
Session Organizers:
Roberta VILLALON, St. John's University, USA and Alessandra DECATALDO, University of Milan Bicocca, Italy
Manisha DESAI, University of Connecticut, USA
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Fatima FARINA, University of Urbino Carlo Bo, Italy; Maria Grazia GALANTINO, Unitelma Sapienza Roma, Italy
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