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Workshop On Researching Women And Society, 19/12/13

Organised by: Women's Development Research Centre (KANITA)
In collaboration with: Southeast Asian Association for Gender Studies Malaysia Branch (SAMA)

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 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 workshop will be conducted by noted academics and advocates of gender studies in Malaysia and the region; including

  1. Professor Dr. Rashidah Shuib (Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia)
  2. Associate Professor Dr Shanti Thambiah (University of Malaya, Malaysia)
  3. Dr Wong Soak Koon (Independent Researcher, Malaysia)
  4. Professor Maybelle Padua (Far Eastern University, Philippines)
  5. Dr. Rusaslina Idrus (University of Malaya, Malaysia)
  6. Assoc. Prof. Siti Hawa Ali (Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia)

Fees: RM80 (Local), 30 USD (International)

Early bird registration: RM70 (Local), 25 USD (International) - (Register before 30th November 2013)

Please send Money Order/Bank Draft or Bank Transfer in the name of:
Universiti Sains Malaysia
Account Number: 0702-0001054-71-6

If you are transferring the payment, please send it to:
Account Number: 0702-0001054-71-6
Beneficiary's name: Universiti Sains Malaysia
Bank's name: Bank Muamalat
Bank's Address: Bank Muamalat Malaysia Bhd, USM Service Centre, Minden, 11800 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Swift Code: BMMBMYKL

Certificates will be given.

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