Interuniversity Gender Research Seminar: Feminist Methodologies

14/05/2014 - 15/05/2014

This yearly interdisciplinary intensive course provides Doctoral and advanced Master students in the human and social sciences in-depth and advanced training in research methods in gender studies, next to general scholarly skills such as reading, writing, discussing and presenting. Each year has a specific focus, drawing on different debates and course material. The course is not limited to issues of gender alone, but aims to attract students broadly interested in diversity, epistemology and questions of (in)equality and power in society, culture and politics from a critical research perspective.

Having an interdisciplinary focus, this course is on offer to PhD students from the Doctoral School of Human Sciences and other faculties. The course is open to PhD students from VUB, UGent, UA, KULeuven and UHasselt who on completion can receive a ‘proof of successful participation’, which can be recognized by their PhD programme. MA students can also apply for registration on an individual basis and receive ‘proof of successful participation’. Registration for the course is free of charge but required (places are limited).
Morning sessions, public lecture and plenary session are also open to a wider audience. Please confirm your attendance by April 2nd by sending an email to:

Key words:
Feminist methodologies, epistemology, reflexivity, qualitative methods, critical frame analysis, intersectionality, cultural diversity.  
Programme (tentative)

Day One – Wednesday 14/05
9.45-10.15: coffee and registration
10.15- 13.00: Session 1 – Feminist Epistemology and Ethics
Chair & organizer: Gily Coene (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
10.15-11.30: Keynote 1 - Sandra Harding (University of California, Los Angeles)
“From Feminism to Global Feminisms:  New Science Questions”
11.30-11.45: coffee break
11.45 -12.15: Respondent: Sawitri Saharso (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
12.15 – 13.00: Response & discussion (students come with prepared questions based on readings)
13.00-14.00: lunch
14.00 – 16.30: Masterclass 1 - Feminist Research Methods
Chair & organizer: Chia Longman & Julie Carlier (Universiteit Gent)
14:00-14:30: Introduction – Lisa Dikomitis (University of Hull)
14.30-15.15: 4 prepared student presentations relating their research projects to the session theme and readings (max. 10 minutes of individual presentation each).

15.15-15.30: coffee break

15.30-16.15: 4 prepared student presentations relating their research projects to the session theme and readings (max. 10 minutes of individual presentation each).

16.15 – 17.00: discussion and feedback on student presentations and assigned readings; moderator & lecturer
Day 2 – Thursday 15/05
9.15– 11.00: Session 2 - Intersectionality and methodological puzzles
Chair & organizer: Karen Celis (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
9.15 -10.00: Keynote 2 - Eleonore Lépinard
10.00- 10.15: Respondent – Eline Severs (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
10.15- 10.45: Response and Questions
10.45 – 11.00: Coffee break
11.00-12.00: Session 3 - Critical frame analysis
Chair & organizer: Petra Meier
11.00-11.45: Keynote 3  - Andrea Krizsan (Central European University, Budapest)
11.45-12.00: Respondent
12.00- 12.30: Response and Questions
12.30-14.00: lunch & public lecture Sandra Harding – “Objectivity and Diversity: New Proper Scientific Selfs”
Two parallel sessions
14.00- 17.00: Masterclass 2 - Intersectionality and methodological puzzles
Chair and organizer: Karen Celis
Masterclass moderator: Eline Severs
14.00- 17.00: Masterclass 3 – Critical Frame Analysis
Chair en organizer: Petra Meier
Masterclass moderator: Petra Debusscher
14.00 – 15.30 Introduction + max. 8 prepared student presentations relating their research projects to the session theme and readings (max. 10 minutes of individual presentation each).

15.30 - 15.45: Coffee Break
15.45-17.00: discussion and feedback on student presentations and assigned readings
17.00 – 18.00: closure + panel – Feminist Methodologies – exchanges with French-speaking part (in samenwerking met Sophia – Belgisch netwerk voor Genderstudies )
18.00 – 20.00: Reception

Practical info:
Audience: PhD Students, Language: English, Credits: 3, Organisation
Central PhD Office & Doctoral Schools. Starting competences:
MA diploma and interest in diversity issues and gender analysis, methodological and/or critical theory. MA students with previous knowledge of or training in gender studies.
Final competences:
* Ability to apply gender analysis and carry out gender critical research within one's discipline
* Advanced knowledge of contemporary developments and debates in gender studies and qualitative methodologies
* Commandment of minimal critical, analytical, research, writing and communication skills at postgraduate level
Teaching and learning material:
Texts for discussion available on Pointcarre website (
Organizing Committee:
Vrije Universiteit Brussel: Prof. Dr. Gily Coene, Prof. Dr. Karen Celis
Ghent University: Prof. Dr. Chia Longman, Dr. Julie Carlier
Universiteit Antwerpen: Prof. Henk de Smaele, Prof. Petra Meier
Please register on the Seminar website before 18/04/2014.

Lieu et coût

Campus Etterbeek, Room to be determined


Free of charge for members of the Doctoral Schools and doctoral students from other universities upon registratio

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