Course content

The course addresses epistemological and methodological issues that are relevant to a broad field of gender research. The course introduces PhD-students to classical texts and new debates in the field. The connection between ways of understanding knowledge production and methodological choices and dilemmas is emphasized. What are the methodological challenges for research inspired by feminist, queer or post-colonial theory today? Further, we address the current situation in which scientific knowledge is questioned and discuss possible approaches.

The course calls upon a wide group of PhD-students and offers room for dialogue about their own research topics. The course is given in English, with Swedish and English as working languages.

The last date to apply is the 15th of December. Please follow the link "Application" on the right hand side, or click here.

Learning outcomes

In order to pass the course, students are expected to be able to:

  • analyse and critically discuss conceptual, ontological and epistemological issues in feminist epistemology
  • manifest an in-depth understanding of the concept of situated knowledge and one’s own role as a subject in the production of scientific knowledge
  • analyse and critically discuss central lines of thought in feminist methodology and related debates in intersectional, postcolonial and queer methodology
  • manifest in-depth insights in and a capacity to reflect on the ways in which epistemological and methodological points of departure shape each other in knowledge production

Practical information

Teachers: Lisa Käll and Lena Gemzöe.

Course design: The two teachers, both from Gender Studies, with disciplinary expertise in philosophy (Käll) and anthropology (Gemzöe) will give short introductions to the seminars and offer reflections from their respective backgrounds, followed by discussions and collective analyses of the texts. The group will be divided into smaller reading groups that assume responsibility for intensive reading of selected parts of the literature. Further literature responding to disciplinary interests might be added to the two last seminars dealing with methodology. The methodology seminars will be attended by guest teachers from the Gender Academy and give room for work on the students' own projects.

The course runs on Fridays 10–12 and 13–15 in Gula Villan, Ninox salen (see schedule below). A Round-table discussion with guests from the Department of Philosophy and the Gender Academy will take place on March 6 after the class. Philosopher Robin May Schott will give a guest lecture on March 13.

Course overview: (Literature list below)

Friday Jan 31: Beginnings

Friday Feb 7: Situating knowledge

Friday Feb 21: Revisioning objectivity

Friday March 6: Methodologies for diversity

Friday March 20: Workshop: Tools and trajectories in gender research

Friday April 17: Mini-conference

Schedule: Link to TimeEdit

Teaching language: Teaching will be in English.

Period: January 31 — April 17 2020

Course director: Lena Gemzöe

Kursens informationssida på svenska: Feministisk vetenskapsteori och metodologi

The course is offered by the Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies, in collaboration with The Gender Academy.