A Feminist Pre-Conference
October 20, 2011
Wisconsin Ballroom (second floor)
Co-Organisers: Raka Ray (UC-Berkeley) and Anjali Arondekar (UC-Santa Cruz)
Focuses on the question of critical ethnographies as a nexus for our feminist interrogations. For feminists working in the social sciences and the humanities alike, the ethnographic method has become a conflicted site of both promise and privation. While we might well claim that the romantic age of ethnography is over, we continue to desire the materializations that ethnography offers. Such an attachment to the thick and/or expansive logic of “ethnography” is most evident in minoritized knowledge-formations such as gender studies, sexuality studies, ethnic studies and area studies, to name a select few. In the face of these contemporary challenges to ethnography as form and object, papers will examine what is at stake for us to carve out “critical ethnographies,” as it were?