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Feminist Research Methodologies in Theory and Practice

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EARLY BIRD prices valid until 28.2.2019
NORMAL prices after 28.2.2019

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This interactive course offers students the possibility of looking through feminist theory into feminist practices. Using intersectional feminist approaches, we invite students to consider the applications of feminist research methodologies in academic research and beyond. This combination of theory and practice departs from the understanding that feminist theory relies on a mutual exchange with feminist activism. Thus, feminist theory and methodologies inform public policy, social movements, organisational practices, and art. Through a series of guest lectures by activists, artists, and academics, students will learn about feminist facilitation and organising safer space events, and explore creative applications of research methods.

Learning objectives

After the course, the students will be able to:
• Understand what makes feminist methodologies feminist, and the potential research & practical applications of feminist methodologies
• Critically engage with intersectional research methods and theories
• Gain practical and creative skills to produce diverse forms of knowledge
• Facilitate feminist organising (activism, events, and spaces)
• Popularise and disseminate their research results to a target audience

Course format and teaching methods

Lectures, seminars, and excursions. The teaching methods are interdisciplinary and combine traditional learning methods and feminist pedagogies, such as collaging, poetry, and multimedia. We will also hold workshops on how to facilitate feminist organising (including activism, events, and spaces) and on utilising social media platforms effectively (video blogging, Instagram, Twitter) so that students will be able not only to use their feminist methodologies in their academic work, but also gain practical knowledge and experience to use these tools outside of the classroom.

Target students

We warmly welcome master’s or early-stage doctoral students interested in Feminist Research Methods from the Humanities and Social Sciences. Suitable background fields include political science, gender studies, cultural studies, and sociology. Students do not need to have any prior experience of conducting feminist research, but we prioritise students who have completed one or more introductory gender studies courses.


Cai Weaver
Nelli Ruotsalainen
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Apply now! Summer 2019
Application period has ended
Studies commence
Aug 6, 2019

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States