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Durham University

Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse (CRiVA)

Transformative Feminist Methods Conference

Keynote: Professor Sandra Harding, University of California.

10th September 2014, Durham University, UK

  • What makes feminist research ‘feminist’?
  • How do other inequalities intersect with ‘feminist research’?
  • Can research methods or methodologies be intersectional?
  • Are particular research methods seen as linked to feminist research anymore or are they simply ‘good research practice’?
  • How does feminist praxis relate to research impact?
  • What does research ‘excellence’ mean in the context of feminist research?

In 1986 Sandra Harding’s The Science Question in Feminism questioned whether the ‘gold standard’ scientific method was capable of producing knowledge not tainted by sexism and ethnocentrism. Harding argued for a feminist standpoint theory, which privileged the voices and lives of marginalized subject/agents of knowledge, to generate knowledge about society capable of transforming society and academia. Over the past 30 years feminist methods have continued to question the limitations of knowledge produced within dominant paradigms and changed the ways in which research is done across multiple disciplines. This conference aims to provoke discussion and debate, and showcase diverse transformative feminist methods at work within the neo-liberal University, the digital age and ‘austerity’ Britain.

There are a limited number of places still available. The conference is free to attend with free lunch and refreshments. Please send completed booking forms to: Jane Wistow, Room 004, 29 Old Elvet, School of Applied Social Sciences, Durham University, Durham City DH1 3HN, or email to