Producing Feminist Research is an advanced module for PhD students and Early Career Researchers (ECRs), hosted by the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender (CSWG).
Aims of the Module
The module is open to PhD students and ECRs doing feminist research on any topic, in any year and within any department across the University. Its aim is to provide an interdisciplinary space in which to discuss the challenges (theoretical, epistemological, methodological, etc.) of producing feminist research and writing.
Students will be able to share experiences with each other, and with experienced academics, and receive constructive feedback and advice on their thesis plans, research dilemmas and their writing.
The module is not assessed, and does not award credits. It is convened by Dr. Maria do Mar Pereira.
Structure of the Module
Students on the module will meet every fortnight for a 2-hour session. Sessions will alternate between three formats:
a) discussion sessions: readings on a particular theme (set by the module convener or suggested by the students) are set in advance and students use the readings as a starting point to discuss, and reflect on, their own work. Possible themes include:
• The Politics and Ethics of Writing About the Work of Others
• Theoretical, Methodological and Ethical Dilemmas in Feminist Research
• The Affective Life of Writing
b) work-in-progress sessions: PhD students and ECRs share draft chapters or papers, or fieldwork material, and the group discusses the draft/material and provides feedback.
c) research Q & A: we will discuss experiences of research, writing, presenting work at conferences, impact and work with the community, publication, or “career-building”.
Module Timetable (2018/2019)
The module will run throughout the Autumn and Spring terms of the 2018/2019 academic year.
In the Autumn Term, the module will be running on the following dates and times:
• Week 4, Tuesday, October 23rd, 9.30 – 11.00
• Week 6, Tuesday, November 6th, 9.30 – 11.00
• Week 8, Tuesday, November 20th, 15.00 – 17.00
• Week 10, TBC – can be negotiated with the students to fit everyone’s availability
In the Spring Term, the module will take place on other days and times, to be agreed with the enrolled students.
Joining the Module
We understand that students may not be able to attend all sessions and join the module every term, due to fieldwork and writing commitments. Therefore, we do not require students to attend ALL sessions. However, and in order to help establish productive relationships of trust, collegiality and collaborative working, we do ask that students commit to attending the sessions as regularly as they can, and join us for a minimum of half of the sessions happening in a given term.
If you are interested in taking the module, but worried that you may not be able to attend half of the sessions, do get in touch with the module convener to discuss your situation.
Maria will get in touch with you in week 2 to send details of the venue and plans for the first session.
If you have any special needs or require adjustments of any kind, you will be able to indicate these in the registration form, and we will work very hard to address them.
If you have any questions about the module, please email m dot d dot m dot pereira at warwick dot ac dot uk.
We look forward to having you with us on this module!