Ethnography: Fictions, Feminisms, and Vulnerability

Ethnography: Fictions, Feminisms, and Vulnerability

Feminisms Unbound

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 6:00 PM 8:00 PM
MIT Building E51 Room 095

Many interpretations of feminist research practice maintain that knowledge is situated and coproduced between researcher and subject, thus always already implicated in difference, and best addressed through reflexivity and positionality. In producing oppositional knowledge, and knowledge for social transformation, feminist ethnographers concern themselves with how researchers, storytellers, and narrators are positioned within the text. They grapple with questions of polyvocality, representation and translation as well as with the staging of dialogic encounters, authorship, and the researcher’s responsibility to respondents and to the research community as a whole. This roundtable reflects on how feminist ethnography can offer a richly chaotic terrain for undoing all cannons and for enabling an ever-contested, embodied, tentative, and unfolding cocreation with differentially situated knowledges and experience.