Intersectionality in Critical Feminist Research and Practice

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Research team

Research summary

The term ‘intersectionality’ has arguably become the new theoretical darling for feminists; a growing body of gender studies now use the term ‘intersectionality’ or apply the concept to mean the heterogeneity of identities that have come to be widely accepted in feminist literature. This project investigates: How, if at all, one can we marry feminist theories with applied practices? What are we attempting when trying to break the prevalent sex-based binary? Are we turning intersectionality into a simplified analytical tool, or a framework, for applied use, and whether or not this equates to a dilution – or simplification – or worse, adopting the criticised measurement culture that provides an easy entry to ‘technologies of governance’


Presentation at the Institute of Australian Geographers’ 2019 Conference in Hobart, Australia:

A larger conference is currently planned for 2020 at the Australian National University with funding received from the ANU Gender Institute (joint applicants: Siobhan McDonnell and Maeve Powell).

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