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.
Participants will be able to share experiences with each other, and with experienced academics, and receive constructive feedback and advice on their research plans, research dilemmas and 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 different formats, including:
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, working with supervisors, presenting work at conferences, impact and work with the community, publication, or “career-building”.
Participants will be asked to do some preparation work in advance of each meeting. This might involve, for example, doing a short and simple writing exercise, reading one or two short texts for discussion, or reading work shared by other participants and coming prepared to offer feedback on that work.
Module Timetable (2020/2021)
The module will run throughout the Spring and Summer terms of the 2020/2021 academic year.
In the Spring Term, the module will be running ONLINE on the following dates and times:
• Week 2, Friday, January 22nd, 1.00 – 3.00
• Week 4, Friday, February 5th, 1.00 – 3.00
• Week 7, Friday, February 26th, 1.00 – 3.00
• Week 9, Friday, March 12th, 1.00 – 3.00
The scheduling of the module in the Summer Term will be agreed with the enrolled participants.
Joining the Module
We understand that in pandemic times participants may not be able to attend all sessions due to personal circumstances, clashing academic commitments or last-minute complications. However, regular attendance (with cameras turned on for as long as possible) is important in this module, as it helps establish productive relationships of trust, collegiality and collaborative working between participants. Therefore, we ask that you only enrol if you think you will be able to join us for at least three of the sessions happening in a given term.
If you face any access barriers (including those relating to caring commitments) and require adjustments of any kind, you will be able to indicate this in the registration form, and we will work very hard to support your full participation.
We will try to accommodate all interested participants who can attend at least three sessions. However, if the number of enrolments is too high, we may need to cap the places on the module and accept only some of those interested. Apologies in advance if that is the case.
Maria do Mar will get in touch with you shortly after to confirm if you have been allocated a place on the module and send details of the first session.
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!