Transnational Feminism in the Global North and South
Dr. Ann Oberhauser, Professor of Geography in the Department of Geology and Geography at West Virginia University, will lead this discussion which draws from transnational feminism to explore themes relating to difference, praxis, and intercultural research in the Global North and South. The methodological approach in this type of research emphasizes the often-contested terrain among participants in the field and efforts to empower women and marginalized communities. This discussion focuses on diverse social identities and power relations across scales that also provide new opportunities for creating transformative spaces. The analysis highlights a transnational project that addresses unequal socio-spatial dynamics in two regions of South Africa and the United States. Specifically, the study explores difference and praxis in research conducted with women's economic collectives in Limpopo Province and the Appalachian Region. Transnational feminism encompasses intercultural aspects of these research projects that engage with multiple identities and power relations among researchers and participants. In sum, this analysis highlights a methodological approach that emphasizes praxis and transformation while operating at various scales and among diverse social identities in order to develop inclusive, feminist research.
This presentation is part of the Women and Minority Artists and Scholars Lecture Series funded by the Office of the Provost and is also supported by the Department of Geography and the Women's and Gender Studies. It is the final installment of this semester's Women and Gender in International Development series sponsored by the Office of International Research, Education, and Development (OIRED). Participants are encouraged to bring a brown bag to the presentation.