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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Gendered Solidarities, Fragmented Responsibilities: Researchers’ Responses to Challenging Times


Location: Poznań, Poland
Date: 28 Aug 11:00 - 15:30


Room 3.46

Over the last few decades, we have been facing an increasingly complex, messy and contradictory picture of the research field and what it takes to be a researcher in the contemporary world. On the one hand, there is increasing interest in co-creation and action-based methods with growing evidence that research engagement can produce significant shifts in knowledge, which results in beneficial change for communities. On the other hand, familiar patterns of power and discrimination persist in an increasingly interconnected world. We welcome interdisciplinary enquiries, artistic interventions, theoretical and empirical contributions, examining issues of solidarity, mobilising researchers to act for gender equality. Acknowledging that socially constructed bodies respond differently to dominance and subordination, through ambiguity, transgression, rebellion and protest, we seek contributions that engage feminist-inspired framings as a central axis for analysing the researcher and the researched. Tensions between pressures to conform and the need for resistance in the construction of academic writing, moreover, require further reflection from the perspective of our desire for solidarity and our responsibilities in the field. This panel focuses on critical reflections and methodological framings, the ways researchers negotiate their power, agency, and positionality, while transcending the boundaries of social or cultural anthropology, including, but not limited to, the following themes: - intersectional explorations of solidarity, gender and knowledge production - co-creating care - solidarities at the centre and periphery - feminist methods vs post-colonialism - solidarities of feminisms - ‘appropriate’ feminists: engagement, agency and change - solidarity, power and transgression - anthropology of friendship


  • P 24.1
    • Prof. Kosmala, Katarzyna (University of the West of Scotland)
    • Dr. Sznajder, Anna (Polish Ethological Society)
    • Prof. Hackney, Fiona (Wolverhampton University)
  • P 24.2
    • Prof. Kosmala, Katarzyna (University of the West of Scotland)
    • Dr. Sznajder, Anna (Polish Ethological Society)
    • Prof. Hackney, Fiona (Wolverhampton University)

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This paper examines two creative projects which have worked durationally to increase gender equality within existing heritage narratives. We discuss challenges they have encountered related to the representation of gender, and the potential of creative interventions to nuance dominant narratives (Smith, 2009). Specifically, we explore the potential of walking and other peripatetic methodologies as ... More
Presented by Dr. t s BEALL on 28/8/2019 at 10:00
‘Nowhere is the notion of war as a mans game more entrenched than in state militaries’ (Basham 2016) ’Simply put the infantry will be more effective in war if we include the best talent our country can breed - male and female’ (MOD 2018) In 2016 women were invited to take up ‘close with and kill the enemy’ fighting roles in the British military. The Ministry of Defence said ... More
Presented by Kirsten ADKINS on 28/8/2019 at 12:25
The paper addresses current issues in feminist knowledge production, examining a role of researchers as co-producers of knowledge and their commitment to constructing meaningful livelihoods of the researched subjects. The paper draws on an ethnographic study of a women’s lacemaking network Charming Threads in Kraków, Poland, and demonstrates the importance of the history of lacemaking locally. ... More
Presented by Dr. Anna SZNAJDER on 28/8/2019 at 12:45
Although a substantial body of feminist and postcolonial work has discredited the myth of the impersonal, independent, objective scientist and opened the door for research methodologies that require the full participation of the researcher and immersion in the field, emotional aspects of reflexivity tend to remain neglected and the researcher’s emotions and emotional involvement as sites of know ... More
Presented by Dr. Katrien DE GRAEVE
Conducting field work within a war zone is a practice that involves challenges of solidarity, convergences, divergences and complementary practices. The success or failure of such work may result in loss of land, territory, and rights for the population and the researcher involved. This is the case, for example, of the dam construction industries, as an economy of exploitation by means of the ener ... More
Presented by Myriam Amparo ESPINOSA BALLELN
During and following the 18 days of protest against the rule of Hosni Mubarak in 2011, there were spikes in harassment and assault in public spaces, and patrols were formed to combat these incidents. Aware of the importance of bystanders as witnesses and potential interveners to harassment, movements began awareness campaigns in the streets and in the metro. The Cairo metro has specific cars desig ... More
Presented by Dr. Sandra FERNANDEZ on 28/8/2019 at 13:45
In her recent book Living a Feminist Life, Sara Ahmed reconnects feminist theory with everyday life. She argues that while feminists can become estranged from the world they critique, often through the process of naming problems, they also learn about the world from their efforts to transform it. This paper builds on Ahmed’s work to explore the learning possibilities available to the feminist re ... More
Presented by Dr. Fiona HACKNEY on 28/8/2019 at 9:40
“A Car for Women and Other Stories” focuses on pioneering female engineer and car manufacturer Dorothée Pullinger and the ground-breaking training facility for women engineers she helped establish in South-west Scotland. The project combines archival research, site visits, elements of oral history, documentary and song with a connection to pedagogy. The research engages with community and bri ... More
Presented by Tony GRACE on 28/8/2019 at 12:05
"I intend to discuss the question of embodiment(s) and its consequences in the fieldwork in breast and prostate cancer support groups. Fieldwork is a bodily exercise for researcher(s). In this biomedical setting with differently gendered groups, the study is charged with additional dilemmas. “Embodiment” as dialectal process between embodied experience and the language available to articulat ... More
Presented by Katarzyna SŁABY on 28/8/2019 at 9:20
"Since 2002, I have been working with hijras who renounced their gendered positions in their family, caste, and society in order to live as devotees of the Goddess. They were born and raised as males by family members, but subsequently left their hometowns and renounced their responsibilities for perpetuating patrilineal lines. Moreover, they have given up their inborn masculinity through the ritu ... More
Presented by Dr. Akiko KUNIHIRO on 28/8/2019 at 9:00
This paper focuses on the methodological challenges of voicing communities of solidarity and resistance, such as the feminist activist movement emerging transnationally during the feminist ‘spring' of 2018. With its claims on women's visibility and validity of narratives, protesting gender-based violence (GBV), and opposing their socioeconomic precariousness, the resistance of feminist activist ... More
Presented by Athanasia FRANCIS
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