White Feminism, Ethnography, and the Politics of Voice

  • Kavita Maya (Invited speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


Techne Doctoral Training and Development Workshop: Navigating Ethics and Social Justice in Research

Panel: 'Accountability and Voice' + roundtable discussion

Abstract: Based on doctoral fieldwork in the UK women’s spirituality ‘Goddess movement’, this talk will explore the politics of, and tensions between, conducting fieldwork in a predominantly white women’s movement, and analysing ethnographic and interview data through a postcolonial, feminist of colour lens. Key to understanding this process is a conceptualisation of voice and ethical accountability that places research participant narratives within a larger political and intersectional tapestry. This reflexive, social justice-informed approach to ethnography is attentive to complex power dynamics, and centres the politics of difference in order to challenge epistemic violence and inequality in society and in the academy.
Period1 Nov 2023
Held atBrunel University, London, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionNational