What Can Indigenous and Feminist Analyses Contribute to Sociological Analyses?

Thursday, 19 July 2018: 15:30-17:20
RC05 Racism, Nationalism, Indigeneity and Ethnicity (host committee)
RC32 Women in Society

Language: French and English

Building on the work of Indigenous feminist scholars, this session examines synergies between and specificities of Indigenous analyses and feminist analyses. It also explores the current relationship and potential of each type of analysis to sociology.

What are the ways in which Indigenous and feminist analyses may converge and/or offer complementary sociological insights and analyses? For example, both not only provide a critique of the contemporary world, through such concepts as colonialism and patriarchy, but also often envisage alternatives. And what are key specificities of each (in relation to the other) when considering sociological analyses? Contributions are invited which focus on Indigenous analyses, feminist analyses and analyses which combine the two. Is it the case that the holistic feminist analyses, similar to those of DAWN (Development Alternatives for Women in a New Era, 1987), are the most fruitful?

Contributions are invited which are informed by one or more of a number of different standpoints and approaches, including:

1) collaborative situations of those grounded in both perspectives or in one of them, with consideration of the other, for example through experiences in networks such as those on the gift economy and on matriarchal studies;

2) contributions drawing from the presenter’s own research;

3) theorizing from Indigenous and/or feminist approaches, or from the interrelated concepts of power, violence and justice that frame this conference.

Session Organizers:
Ann DENIS, Université d'Ottawa, Canada and Linda CHRISTIANSEN-RUFFMAN, Saint Mary's University, Canada
Ann DENIS, Université d'Ottawa, Canada and Linda CHRISTIANSEN-RUFFMAN, Saint Mary's University, Canada
Oral Presentations
Indigenous Feminist Theories and 'Fourth World' Feminisms: Commonalities in the Art of Decolonizing/Disassembling Power Structures and Relations
Laura CORRADI, Università della Calabria, Dipartimento Scienze Politiche e Sociali - Gender Studies and Intersectional Methodology - Feminist/Queer Lab, Italy
Crossing Race and Gender Borders: The Cultivation of Intercultural Competence for Undergraduate Students
Juhui CHANG, National Taitung University, Taiwan; Chien-Lung WANG, Department of Education, National Taitung University, Taiwan
Black Feminist Thought: The Need for an African Feminist Standpoint
Abigail SESHIE, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Crossing Disciplines to Breach the Frame
Wendy AITKEN, University of Tasmania, Australia
Feminist and Indigenous Contributions: What Does It Mean to be Human?
Angela MILES, OISE, University of Toronto, Canada