Panel no. 13 - Weaving Cross-Generational Theory: Alternative Futures for Feminist Activism-Inspired Methodologies


Title Prof First name Katarzyna Last name Kosmala
Institution University of the West of Scotland City Paisley Country GB


Title Dr First name Ana Last name Vivoda
Institution name University of Zadar City Zadar Country HR


Panel title

Weaving Cross-Generational Theory: Alternative Futures for Feminist Activism-Inspired Methodologies

Panel abstract

Alison Dahl Crossley proposes a notion of "waveless" in feminist paradigms to point out "the persistence of feminism over time, the variations in feminism, and the interaction between feminism and other movements". This panel addresses some of the challenges in today's research realities, including positionality of the researcher, coalitional politics of the feminist-inspired activisms and intra-generational dialogue, intersectionality as well as geographical and other forms of distancing. Researchers today are in a world that is different from what it was a generation ago, creating ways of coping with new challenges, some of which persist from previous generations. What kind of feminisms can permeate our worldview to face alterative futures for an interdisciplinary researcher, including interactions, alliances and relationships in everyday lives? Rosalind Gill suggests a category of post-feminism in the context of recent resurgence of interest in feminism among younger generations, used as an analytical frame to capture a connection with neoliberalism. We invite theoretical papers, exploring the ways of approaching alternative futures of feminist methodologies as well as empirical studies that draw on research paradigms underpinned by plurality, continuity and difference within feminist-inspired research and activism. We welcome interdisciplinary enquiries, artistic interventions, creative works and case studies examining the ways power dynamics operate in the field, addressing contextual issues for mobilising researchers to act for gender equality, or representing the multiple routes through which power marginalizes and rewards. We invite contributions from the multiplicity of geographies, disciplinary fields and specificities of grassroots struggles.

IUAES Commission