PhD Courses in Denmark

Feminist methodologies PHD WORKSHOP ON " Feminist methodologies: Workshop on field relations and methodological reflections”

Doctoral School of Social Sciences at Aalborg University

This course on feminist methodologies addresses both those explicitly employing a poststructuralist feminist methodology, but also those simply curious about how such an approach may inform concrete fieldwork. The target group for the course includes both those about to do fieldwork and those who would like to engage in further reflection on the outcome of already accomplished fieldwork.

The starting point for thinking in terms of feminist methodology is that as researchers we can never be simply ‘flies on the wall’ during fieldwork. Accepting this as a premise for doing fieldwork, how can such consciousness about our own position in the field be thought into our research design, analyses, and the entire research process?

We wish to engage with PhD students who are producing/have produced qualitative material (e.g. in the form of interviews, observations, ethnographic field work etc.) and discuss how this aspect of their PhD work relates to their theoretical framework. Wishing to establish the link between the concrete fieldwork and more abstract theoretical and methodological assumptions, the course takes its starting point in two questions:1) What was/is my own position vis-à-vis my research participants in my own concrete fieldwork? 2) How do my methodological reflections establish the premises for producing qualitative material?

NB: The course takes place immediately prior to the Danish Gender Research conference in Copenhagen on August 18-19th 2022: https://koensforskning.ku.dk/dansk-koensforskning-i-dag/

Teaching format:

The course has a workshop format combined with lectures. This means that participating PhDs will be required to present and discuss each other’s work. A reading list will be distributed in advance of the workshop and all are expected to read and be prepared to discuss the readings in relation to concrete examples from their own and others’ work presented during the workshop. Each participant will need to send a 2-3 page ‘pre-reflection paper’ outlining initial ideas for answering our questions “1) What was/is my own position vis-à-vis my research participants in my own concrete fieldwork? 2) How do my methodological reflections establish the premises for producing qualitative material?”

These pre-reflections will be the basis for forming groups for the group work planned during the workshop.

After the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to submit at ‘post-reflection paper’ (5-10 pages) outlining their methodological consideration for their PhD thesis. Deadline for submission will be 3 weeks after the end of the course, and written feedback will be provided by one of the course teachers.