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ERIC Number: EJ1120624
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0882-4843
"We're Not Afraid of the 'F Word'": Storying Our Voices and Experiences of Women and Gender Studies in Australian Universities
Mackinlay, Elizabeth
Feminist Teacher: A Journal of the Practices, Theories, and Scholarship of Feminist Teaching, v23 n2 p126-141 2013
In this paper, the author is going to turn around and around ideas about feminist pedagogy and feminist politics in the academy in a similar way to take us to the kind of "social somewhere" of which Barone and Eisner write, to look at the same material in familiar and unusual ways--here a fiction, there a fanciful retelling of facts, somewhere else a freehand drawing and everywhere conversations of the friendly kind. Scene 1 of the story begins in a meeting room in a university, where at that particular moment, the rationale to continue or end women and gender studies is the main topic of discussion. Scene 2 presents a feminist response to the assumption that women and gender studies is no longer needed, wanted, and therefore no longer justified as an area of undergraduate study in universities in the form of a "feminesto." In Scene 3, the author is joined by a friend called "Ms. Feminist Pedagogy" to explore the teaching and learning imperatives that ground them as feminists in the academy. Scene 4 brings together individual women and gender studies stories in a shared conversation over coffee where the author and her colleagues talk about what being feminist in the academy means to them, what it looks and feels like to be a feminist academic, and the kinds of feminist pedagogical performances that are central to their work in women and gender studies. The paper closes by returning to the beginning--to the author's interview with Merle Thornton--to consider what the future might hold for those of us who are not afraid say the "f word" in higher education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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