kuntala.lahiri-dutt at anu.edu.au
Thu Jan 31 20:00:24 AEDT 2019
Session name: Thinking Intersectionality in Critical Feminist Development Studies
Session proposer: Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt (Kuntala.Lahiri-Dutt at anu.edu.au)
Session aims: This session invites short presentations that discuss the complex challenges arising from the application of intersectionality in critical feminist development studies. In particular, the session hopes to deliberate on the pros and cons of emerging possibilities to translate feminist theoretical insights into one or more analytical frameworks for applied use to carry out gender analysis for development projects.
Brief background: 'Intersectionality' implies 'the interaction between gender, race, and other categories of difference in individual lives, social practices, institutional arrangements, and cultural ideologies and the outcomes of these interactions in terms of power' (Davis 2008, p. 68). It offers an analytical framework to consider the interconnections among various forms of social stratification, such as class, race, sexual orientation, age, religion, creed, disability and gender to understand the ways they combine to create disadvantages for women (hooks 2000). Intersectionality has been described as a 'The greatest contribution [of feminist theorists] to social science as a whole' (Belkhir, 2009:3), yet others consider it as a 'buzzword' that is conceptually meaningful, yet extremely difficult to apply in measurable ways (May 2015). Yet, such is the popularity of the term that it has become, arguably, the new theoretical darling for feminists; a growing body of gender studies literature in developing country contexts attempts to break the prevalent sex-based binary to marry feminist theories with GAD practices.
Possible points to discuss: In this context, the session aims to query: is it at all possible to develop a gender analytical framework that is based on the concept of intersectionality? Could such efforts ultimately depolicise feminist insights? How do we ourselves from the culture of indicators and quantitative metrices in applying the concept of intersectionality in their GAD work? How can such a framework be possibly applied by gender professionals and at what scales? Finally, what could be the political implications for turning an advanced conceptualisation of gender identities into a replicable and measurable analytical tool?
Additional questions addressed or challenges analysed are welcomed.
Relevant information: Abstract can be submitted until 28 February, 2019. You will need to register and submit your abstract to the IAG website. Please send a copy to: Kuntala.Lahiri-Dutt at anu.edu.au
Session is sponsored by Critical Geographies if Development and Cultural Geographies Study Groups.
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