Workshop On Researching Women And Society (RWS 2016)
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, research will be different in terms of the questions asked and methods used, as well, the interpretations, analyses, and implications drawn.
The workshop covers noteworthy issues relating to women, gender and education. Gender, education and development discourses have received increasing attention in recent years. The significant role of women and their contribution in societal and economic development can no longer be ignored. The various theories that conceptualize gender and education and their relationships have helped greatly in enhancing our understanding of how gender equality is achieved through the education platform. For instance, they address the many challenging experiences for women who wish to advance in male-dominated jobs in the fields of science, technology, and engineering. In this workshop, we will present interactive overviews and perspectives of scholars in this field to comprehend further the role of women and gender in education today.
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. The themes for panel sessions are as such:
- Researching Vulnerable Groups
- Women and Health: A Gender Discourse
- New Paradigms in Teaching , Learning and Researching: Implications on Gender Studies
Who should participate?
- Postgraduate Students
- Young Scholars and
- Gender Activists