DSA Women and Development Study group
The DSA Women and Development Group continues to offer an opportunity for people to discuss their ongoing research and professional and political work relating to Women and Development.
The Annual Meeting of the DSA Women and Development Group is an opportunity for people to discuss their ongoing research and professional and political work in any area which relates to Women and Development. The presentations are deliberately kept short to facilitate wide participation and discussion. Presenters typically come from NGOs, national and international women’s organisations as well as universities (both graduate students and academic staff). It operates as an open call for presentations to all interested persons. It is a good networking occasion and in previous years the interest and quality of the presentations have been reflected in a series of edited books published based on initial presentations at the DSA Women and Development meetings.
We are currently planning two future meetings. The first will look at the challenges of researching ‘sensitive topics’ relating to gender and development such as sexual violence, trafficking, FGM, HIV It will consider methodologies and also the vexed and contradictory questions of research ethics, confidentiality and duty to report. The second meeting will focus on academics carrying out gender and development research with NGOS and examine different expectations, working methods and procedures. Details to follow.
Jasmine Gideon (Birkbeck University of London), Katy Jenkins (University of Northumbria)
E: j.gideon(at)bbk.ac.uk, katy.jenkins(at)northumbria.ac.uk
Workshop Call for Papers
'Interrogating the Nexus of Alternative Knowledges, Evidence and Impact in GAD Research and Practice'
DSA Women and Development Study Group and Centre for Global Development (CGD), University of Leeds
Jasmine Gideon, Katy Jenkins and Lata Narayanaswamy
17 March 2017 (note changed date) at University of Leeds
This one-day workshop examines the relationship between efforts to promote gender equality and how development is measured, and whether we are measuring what matters, or what can be measured. The workshop looks critically at the nexus between gender, evidence and impact in development. We explore the opportunities for feminist and participatory methodologies to shape alternative approaches to evidence, and enable alternative knowledges and/or feminisms to be revealed, whilst recognisingthat these must nevertheless function within and/or respond to the rise of managerial, technocratic ‘solutions’ delivered through mechanisms such as payment-by-results. The workshop will critically explore the contemporary prominence of evidence-based programming, and what counts, and to whom, as ‘credible evidence’ in GAD practice.
Drawing on different epistemologies and the power dynamics inherent to how ‘impact’ is conceptualized and therefore how development results are interpreted and change pathways are established, this workshop will tackle the following questions:
- What counts as ‘impact’ in gender and development discourse and practice? Does impact have to be ‘measurable’?
- How do we respond to the managerialist and technocratic pressures on both non-academic and academic stakeholders to engage in ‘partnerships’ to achieve gender equality ‘targets’ within the SDGs and/or Global Development priorities?
- What are the opportunities and challenges of translating academic ‘evidence’ within research on gender issues into ‘impact on the ground’ in very different contexts both in the global North and the global South? Conversely, how does ‘on the ground’ experience speak to academic learning and teaching objectives in GAD discourse and practice?
- How can participatory approaches and feminist methodologies contribute to re-conceptualising evidence and impact within GAD approaches?
- How can we best capture alternative knowledges about development and ensure that they shape evidence on ‘what works’?
We are also looking for up to 6 speakers to present additionalpapers. Presentations will be kept short in order to generate discussion. We particularly welcome papers from junior scholars and PhD students.Please direct all enquiries and send abstracts to Lata Narayanaswamy: L.Narayanaswamy@leeds.ac.uk before 17th February 2017
DSA Women and Development Study Group/DSA Annual Conference, London, November 2015
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DSA Women and Development Study Group/DSA Annual Conference, London, November 2014
DSA Women and Development Study Group, University of York, June 2011
DSA Women and Development Study Group, June 2010
Shahrzad Atai: Religious right or legal Bigamy- the right for Muslim Iranian men to marry a second wife
Cassandra Balchin: Negotiating bliss: Muslim marriage contracts
Alessia Belli: Claiming to be a Muslim Woman: Beyond the dialectic of ascribed and chosen identities
Haleh Afshar: Women asylum seekers in the UK
Jasmine Gideon: Latin American migrants and access to health in the UK
Janet Townsend: Sexual trafficking, poverty, marginalization and citizenship in Nepal
Caroline Sweetman: The gendered impact of the economic crisis
Elsa Dawson: the INTRAC research on capacity building of CSOs in gender
Kathleen Collette: Training for Rural Development: Agriculture and Enterprise Skills for Women Smallholders
Kai-Jung Yuan: Women and the electoral process in Taiwan
Hiranmayee Mirsha: Women and the Panchayats in rural India
DSA Women and Development Study Group, Vanburgh College University of York, Heslington, May 2007
Caroline Sweetman: Publishing A Feminist Journal As Development Activism: 15 Years Of 'Gender And Development
Faride Sajjadi: Modernity And Women Public Spheres In Iran.
Sogol Zand: Reproductive Behavior Of Palestinian Women In The ‘Demographic War'
Jyothsna Belliappa: Weaving Narratives Of Identity: Indian Middleclass Women
Agnes Khoothe: The Role Of Women In The Labour Movement In South Korea And Taiwan
Maria Holt: Practices And Meanings: The Impact Of Homelessness On Palestinian Women In Lebanon And The West Bank
Myfanwy Franks: Destitute Asylum Seekers In The In The West Midlands: Some Gender Issues
Anna Piela: Muslim Women's Participation In The Online Debate On Gender Relations In Islam
Margaret Owen Widowhood In Conflict Scenarios: The Neglected Gender Issue
Mariagrazia Leone: Alternatives In Peruan Coffee Production: Gender Empowerment And Bargain Power
Polly Wilding Everyday Violence And Gender In Rio De Janeiro