The Feminist Research Reading Group has emerged out of the LISS-facilitated “Feminist Methods” seminar that took place at King’s College in the summer of 2018. The group is run by three PhD students, Sarah Louise Marks (Business School, Queen Mary), Sally King (Global Health & Social Medicine, King’s), and Katrin Schindel (CMCI, King’s).
Our aim is to continue discussing the issues raised in the “Feminist Methods” seminar, especially in regards to our own research, as well as to connect feminist researchers among departments and universities in London. We are mostly PhD students from King’s College and Queen Mary University, but open to interested MA students and staff as well. At past meetings, we also had attendees from other universities as well as outside of academia.
We meet once a month on a Tuesday during lunchtime (lunch will be provided!) for a discussion of pre-circulated readings. Each session is usually led by a volunteer who has picked the session’s reading. We always welcome new volunteers - this is a great way to either discuss a feminist issue that relates to your dissertation or explore a new topic in more detail.
At our last meeting, we were able to welcome our first guest speaker. Dr Catherine Rottenberg from the University of Nottingham who spoke to us about her latest book, The Rise of Neoliberal Feminism, which explores the gendered discourses around work-life balance. The talk was followed by a vibrant discussion of feminist issues regarding working in academia. Due to the success of this meeting, we are planning to have more guest speakers in the future. For our next meeting September, we have invited CMCI’s own Dr Christina Scharff, who will speak to us about feminist methodology, in particular interviewing techniques – thus returning to the origins of this group.