Agreements and disagreements on inhabiting the fringes of social research

Publication date:
12/2012
Author:
Barbara Biglia ; Edurne Jiménez
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It was some decades ago that feminist epistemologies tore to shreds the positivist lie that claimed it was possible to produce objective, pure neutral knowledges. While there are some researchers (often in places of power) who continue to entrench themselves in such anachronistic stances, and who try with all their (by no means little) might to halt the proliferation of cognitive diffractions, their attempts can only fail in non-institutionalised spaces. However, feminist paradigms (and above all, the way they are used) are not without contradictions. That is why, continuing in the investigatory spirit that characterised the pioneering female epistemologists, we must carry on questioning our work.

In this article we would like to reflect on two central points:

• The consequences that the transformation of concepts such as gender into mainstream topics will have for the production of feminist knowledges.

• The difficulties we encounter when putting into practice feminist theoretical-epistemological teachings, and the lack of methodological systematisation, as well as of spaces for collective training/research to support them, and the challenges of situated research and its contradictory relations with the subject(s) producing knowledge.