The Dilemmas of Feminist Pedagogical Praxis | Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
University of Pittsburgh

The Dilemmas of Feminist Pedagogical Praxis

February 28, 2013 - 4:00pm
Nancy A. Naples, Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies at the University of Connecticut

This workshop provides an overview of the relevant research and pedagogical tools for theoretical and practical use in Women’s Studies classrooms. We will explore the limits and possibilities for designing and implementing “interdisciplinary,”“intersectional”, and “transnational” courses as well as strategies for introducing students to feminist praxis through experiential learning.  Possible themes include: the politics of experience in Women's Studies, exploring the relationship between feminist praxis and feminist pedagogy, and the challenges of incorporating feminist activism into introductory Women's Studies courses as well as senior seminars. The presentation emphasizes the diversity of approaches to teaching feminist studies and how faculty have responded  to the varied institutional, political, regional, and demographic contexts in which we teach.

Nancy A. Naples is professor of sociology and women’s studies at the University of Connecticut where she also directs the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. Her research on citizenship, social policy, feminist methodology, sexual citizenship, immigration, and community activism has been published in numerous journals and edited books. She is author of Grassroots Warriors: Activist Mothering, Community Work and the War on Poverty and Feminism and Method: Ethnography, Discourse Analysis and Activist Scholarship; editor of Community Activism and Feminist Politics: Organizing Across Race, Class, and Gender; and co-editor (with Karen Bojar) of Teaching Feminist Praxis; Women’s Activism and Globalization: Linking Local Struggles and Transnational Politics (co-edited with Manisha Desai); and The Sexuality of Migration: Border Crossing and Mexican Immigrant Men by Lionel Cantú’ (with Salvador Vidal-Ortiz). She is series editor for Praxis: Theory in Action (SUNY Press) and New Approaches in Sociology: Studies in Social Inequality, Social Change, and Social Justice (Routledge). 



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