Roundtable: Where is feminist political science going? By RC19 (Gender politics and policy)

Section:  Research Methods for Gender and Politics
Time: 13/06/2015 09:00
Location: Building: Skytteanum Floor: Ground Room: Gyllenhielmska biblioteket
Chair: Anne Maria Holli (University of Helsinki, Finland)
Co.chair: Jennifer Curtin (University of Auckland, NZ)

Roundtable participants

Does Feminism need Political Science? - Joni Lovenduski (Bircbeck College, UK)

Feminist Political Science: Does Professional Recognition Come at the Expense of Feminist Politics? - Marian Sawer (Australian National University, Australia)

Feminists take to the Streets: Political Strategy and Political Science in an Era of Conservative Resurgence _ Laurel S. Weldon (Purdue College, U.S.)

Discussant:  Judit Fabian (Carleton University, Canada)


Roundtable abstract

Feminist political science emerged in the 1970s from feminist movements in the academia and the society as a critique towards the gender bias evident in male mainstream science and its embedded assumptions concerning the nature of politics, the public-private divide and a neglect of considering women as political actors. During the last forty years, feminist political science has proved not only its worth in revigorating the field theoretically and empirically, but also in its institutional growth e.g. in establishing professional fora, conferences and publications, not to mention influence on academic curricula around the world. This roundtable gathers scholars to reflect and discuss the past, present and future state of the art. How have come to the current stage; what are the benefits, problems, challenges and gaps in today’s research? To what extent are there regional variations in the development of the subfield? Where are we going to and how do we vision the development of the field further? Participants: Joni Lovenduski (Birkbeck College, UK) Marian Sawer (Australia) Laurel S. Weldon (Purdue College, USA)