Workshop on Researching Women and Society (RWS 2014)
Date: 15th August 2014 (Friday)
Time: 8.30 am - 6.00 pm
Venue: Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang
Organised by: Women's Development Research Centre (KANITA)
In collaboration with: Southeast Asian Association for Gender Studies (SAMA) Malaysia Branch
Developments in social science research in the last half century, particularly within the fields of women, gender and feminist studies, have called into question conventional research methodologies that assert the existence of an unquestioned objective reality and promote an invariable, universal “truth”, often obliterating the experiences of marginalised groups in society. From the perspective of gender studies, the “universality” of knowledge has many androcentric assumptions and may not have taken the specific experiences of women and other social categories into account.
Some of the most important issues in understanding the social world revolve around the human constructed as a gendered being. This workshop on ‘Researching Women and Society’ takes as its point of departure an emphasis on studying social structures, processes and relationships through a gendered lens. Male-centric biases in research and analyses may be remedied by using the gender lens and by focusing on women’s specific voices and experiences. In doing this, the research will be different in terms of the questions asked and methods used, as well, the interpretations, analyses, and implications drawn.
In such research, the focus is on gender differences and the way these differences structure society. Key concerns centre on structural inequalities, for example over the access and control of resources, and the inter-relationships with power and control. This workshop aims at an understanding of how a gendered approach to research enhances our understanding of how society works. It also offers practical insights into doing social research, as well as a platform for discussion on issues such as:
- What is gender?
- Why is gender an important perspective in social research?
- Is researching women different?
- How do we use the gender lens in research practice?
- How do gender analyses lead to change?
The speakers in this workshop are noted academics and advocates of gender studies.
- Professor Dr. Rashidah Shuib (Coordinator, Women's Health Development Unit, School of Medical Sciences, USM
- Associate Professor Dr. Noraida Endut (Director, Women's Development Research Centre, USM)
- Dr. Alina Zvinkliene (Chief Researcher, Lithuanian Centre for Social Research
- Professor Dr. Chee Heng Leng (Visiting Professor, Women's Development Research Centre, USM
- Associate Professor Dr. Mahani Musa (Programme Chair (History), School of Humanities, USM)
- Dr. Diana Wong Ing Boh (Independent Researcher)
To register, please download and fill in the Registration Form
• Sole Participation RM80 (Local)/ USD 30 (International)
• Twinning Registration with KPICGS 2014 RM60 (Local)/USD 20 (International)
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Bank's name: Bank Muamalat
Bank's Address: Bank Muamalat Malaysia Bhd, USM Service Centre, Minden, 11800 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
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