Feminist experiences of ‘studying up’: Encounters with international institutions

HOLMES, Georgina, WRIGHT, Katharine, BASU, Soumita, HURLEY, Matthew, MARTIN DE ALMAGRO, Maria, GUERRINA, Roberta and CHENG, Christine (2019). Feminist experiences of ‘studying up’: Encounters with international institutions. Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 47 (2), 210-230.

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This article makes the case for feminist IR to build knowledge of international institutions. It emerges from a roundtable titled ‘Challenges and Opportunities for Feminist IR: Researching Gendered Institutions’ which took place at the International Studies Association Annual Convention in Baltimore in 2017. Here, we engage in self-reflexivity, drawing on our conversation to consider what it means for feminist scholars to ‘study up’. We argue that feminist IR conceptions of narratives and the everyday make a valuable contribution to feminist institutionalist understandings of the formal and informal. We also draw attention to the value of postcolonial approaches and multi-site analyses of international institutions for creating a counter-narrative to hegemonic accounts emerging from both the institutions themselves, and scholars studying them without a critical feminist perspective. In so doing, we draw attention to the salience of considering not just what we study as feminist International Relations scholars but how we study it.

Item Type: Article
Hurley, Matthew
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1605 Policy And Administration; 1606 Political Science; 1699 Other Studies In Human Society; International Relations
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1177/0305829818806429
Page Range: 210-230
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2018 11:35
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 06:50
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/23387

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