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Sponsors: Gender & Development Journal, DSA Women and Development Study Group, Oxfam

Hosted by Northumbria University's Centre for International Development

History is not just about 'yesterday'. It is about today – and tomorrow. How we craft our personal and our collective memories shapes how we imagine ourselves in the world today…[and] how we feel and act tomorrow… It is for this reason that feminists pay such close attention to what is commemorated - and in what way, and by whom ... It is why feminist libraries, feminist archives, feminist museums and feminist historians are each so central to current challenges to patriarchy'

Cynthia Enloe (2017) The Big Push: Exposing and Challenging the Persistence of Patriarchy, Oakland: University of California Press, p.77.

Our 2018 symposium seeks to celebrate the intellectual space for crafting, rehearsing and disseminating feminist ideas that the international journal Gender and Development (www.genderanddevelopment.org) has nurtured for the past 25 years. The DSA’s Women and Development Study Group is proud to co-sponsor this event, as the study group has been pivotal in providing a supportive forum where feminist ideas may be developed and constructively debated.

This event will focus on ways to embody and embed feminism in the research we are involved in as investigators, participants, practitioners, policy-makers, activists, and/or academics.

Papers engage with the strengths, challenges and contradictions of conducting feminist research in international development spaces in the global South and North, exploring and critiquing the possibilities and limitations of more participatory ways of working, and the potential to work in ways that strengthen movements for social justice, including women's movements.

Questions to be explored include:

? How do feminist research practices enable us to translate our values into meaningful ways of tackling and challenging gender inequality, poverty and exclusion across the global South?

? What effective strategies exist to influence international development policies and practices using feminist insights, findings and analysis to achieve these goals?

? How can participatory practices - and insights from intersectional analysis and research - help us to bridge the activist/academic/practitioner divide, and how might they create new or different inclusions and exclusions?

? How do we negotiate our multiple identities in the field, in the office, and in the classroom, conference room or community centre, as researchers, activists, practitioners and feminists, and what opportunities and challenges does this create?

We hope to stimulate conversations and dialogue across academia and development policy and practice, and base our discussions on real case-study experiences. We are particularly keen to encourage the participation of feminist researchers and activists in the early stages of their career.

The event will conclude with a wine reception and a discussion panel of eminent feminist researchers and Gender and Development Editorial Advisors, including Professor Ruth Pearson, Professor Shirin Rai, Dr. Ines Smyth and Professor Naila Kabeer, who will reflect on 25 years of the Journal through an engagement with their own journeys of feminist research and practice.


Confirmed papers:

Mirna Guha, Anglia Ruskin University 'Listening without an agenda: A feminist approach to research on violence in the lives of women in sex work in India'

Rishita Nandagiri, LSE 'What does ‘feminist research’ look like: notes from ‘the field’'

Alex Young, Newcastle University 'From Participatory to Participation; flexible feminist research practice in Medellín, Colombia'

Michelle Lokot 'The space between us: challenging power hierarchies'

Clare Hollowell and Dashakti Reddy 'Missing in the mirror: the limits of reflexive practice in researcher wellbeing'

Stroma Cole, University of the West of England 'Straddling the activist/academic divide in gender and tourism development research'

Rebecca Gordon, University of Cambridge 'Towards a contextual research ethics: Anonymity and confidentiality in feminist cross-cultural research’

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