This course offers a multi-perspectival overview of feminist praxis and its interrelationship with arts-based research approaches. It introduces participants to a variety of investigative approaches that centre women’s and other marginalised knowledges with the aim of creating more gender-just societies and more democratic knowledge-sharing infrastructures across the Global South and Global North.
The course draws on an inclusive, expansive notion of gender where a focus on ‘women’ encompasses the lived realities of those who identify as or have been identified or represented as ‘woman’, providing an entry point into understanding cis, trans, queer, and non-binary experiences and the power relations within which they are embedded.
Underpinned by a call to action, as well as the research ethics and methods of transnational feminist scholarship (e.g., Swarr & Nagar, 2010; Lugones, 2010), the ‘mobilizing the feminist imaginary’ course draws on the creative and intellectual resources of the Feminist Imaginary Research Network (FIRN). It provides space to learn from feminist activist scholars and practitioners from diverse backgrounds who use arts-based research methods and creative practices in their research, community education and activist work.
This 7-day course includes a series of sessions, workshops, and participatory events that unfold at the intersections of feminist activist academic research, art-based practices, pedagogy, and public engagement. It provides a grounding in theories of feminist praxis, the radical imagination and representation, in conjunction with innovative, creative research approaches, while it also engages and takes inspiration from various archives and ongoing research-artist-activist work in Budapest.
Mobilizing the feminist imaginary calls for decolonizing, visualizing, queering, curating, storying and performing everyday experiences and ways of living. We will not only discuss but also ‘do’ creative research to explore new ways of producing knowledges that challenge prevailing Western ways of knowing. Our key objective is to work collaboratively to engage the critical and generative potential of arts-based research practices, enhancing participants’ already existing research interests and inspiring new ones.
Swarr, A. L., & Nagar, R. (Eds.). (2010). Critical transnational feminist praxis. State University of New York Press.
Lugones, M. (2010). Toward a Decolonial Feminism. Hypatia, 25(4), 742-759.
We invite applications from:
- advanced BA students, postgraduate students undertaking Master's dissertations or doctoral research in the broad areas of education, culture, global inequality, the study of power, gender, and social change. Familiarity with the transnational feminist literature and arts-based research approaches is not an expectation but will be considered as an asset
- post-doctoral researchers, faculty, and academic staff interested in gender justice and developing their arts-based or creative practices
- museum/library curators and educators interested in gender justice and arts-based practices
- artists/activists/researchers working in communities, universities, and other settings
The course intends to bring together those with an interest in working towards more gender-just societies and exploring arts-based research practices for mobilizing the ‘feminist imaginary’ and facilitating social change. As a prerequisite for the course, participants need to demonstrate in their statement an interest in using arts-based approaches in their research or professional practice, and a commitment to contributing to gender justice.
The language of instruction is English; thus, all applicants have to demonstrate a strong command of spoken and written English to be able to participate actively in discussions at seminars and workshops. Some of the shortlisted applicants may be contacted for a telephone interview.
This course will focus on the following discipline areas:
- Gender Studies
- Psychosocial Studies
- International Politics/Relations
- Global Studies
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Below is the list of the documents you need to prepare or arrange for submission:
- Completed Online SUN Application Form (see notes below)
- Full Curriculum Vitae or Resume, including a List of Publications, if any
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- Statement of Purpose (max.1 page)
In the Statement of purpose, please describe how the course is relevant to your teaching, research, or professional work, and in what way you expect to benefit from it. Please list relevant courses in the field you have taken previously during your studies and/or links to relevant work, if any.
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- Personal Statement on Financial Aid
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Completed CEU Summer University Application Form
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