P016
Feminist activist ethnography and social change

Convenors:
Iris Lopez (City College)
Elisabeth L. Engebretsen (University of Stavanger)
Discussant:
Patricia Antonionello (Brooklyn College, CUNY)
Format:
Panels
Location:
T-314
Start time:
2 August, 2014 at 9:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

There is an intimate connection between feminist ethnography, methods, and activism. This panel continues a crucial dialogue about feminist activist ethnography in the 21st century--at the intersection of engaged feminist research and activism in the service of the communities with whom we work.

Long abstract:

There is an intimate connection between feminist ethnography, methods, and activism. Feminist anthropologists have often engaged in intimate collaboration within the communities they study and have developed innovative feminist methodologies that address the needs of these communities. Reconsidering transnational possibilities for the collaborations, intimacies and revolutions advocated in the recent edited collection, Feminist Activist Ethnography: Counterpoints to Neoliberalism in North America (Craven & Davis 2013), panelists argue that feminist ethnographers--positioned and conducting fieldwork throughout the world--are in a key position to reassert the central feminist connections between theory, methods, and activism. Together, we suggest avenues for incorporating methodological innovations, collaborative analysis, and collective activism in our scholarly projects. What are the possibilities (and challenges) that exist for feminist ethnography 25 years after initial debates emerged in this field about reflexivity, objectivity, reductive individualism, transnationalism,and the social relevance of activist scholarship? How can feminist ethnography intensify efforts towards social justice in the current neo-liberal political and economic climate? This panel continues a crucial dialogue about feminist activist ethnography in the 21st century--at the intersection of engaged feminist research and activism in the service of the organizations, people, communities, and feminist issues we study.