Feminist Knowledge Production

In addition to the many topics that our faculty research, they are also interested in how ethical, smart, innovative feminist research might be done. To this end, various members write and teach about feminist epistemology and methods. They use and teach innovative research practice that include the following: intersectionality; integrative and comparative approaches; oral life history; discourse analysis; feminist ethnography; interdisciplinarity as a practical research process; feminist quantitative and qualitative methods; memory as a foundation for history; and narrativity and history. Students in both programs are exposed to the many fascinating philosophical, ethical and practical issues involved in knowledge production. In the MA program this investigation takes place in the mandatory courses of Foundations in Gender Studies, the various methods courses, and in Academic Writing, in their experience of writing and orally defending their theses, as well as in numerous other elective courses they may choose to take in the program. Ph.D. students take a course in comparative and integrative approaches to gender studies and feminist research methods. Questions about what makes a “fact,” critical readings of positivism, and the history of Western modes of reason and knowledge production are also examined in some of the department courses that relate to science.