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Wednesday, April 26 • 9:00am - 9:20am
Familial Relationships As Site For Feminist Activism: An Oral History Project

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Familial relationships have the power to enlighten us about the past and provide us with vision for the future, both of which are important aspects of social movements. This oral history research project focuses on the voices of local individuals. In particular, I am working to understand more deeply how people have engaged in feminist conversation, confrontation, and activism with their families. This project is locating familial relationships as a site for feminist resistance and solidarity, with the aim of discovering what enables and alters the continuance of feminism and feminist ideals from generation to generation. The primary definition of feminism I will be using is the belief in the equality of all people regardless of gender, race, class, orientation, ability, age, etc. along with any self-guided notions and definitions provided by participants. The participants will be local Asheville residents, the majority of which will be UNCA students and their families due to the person to person solicitation sample. I hope to incorporate as much diversity into the study as possible by seeking participants of different backgrounds and demographics. The methods that will be utilized are unstructured in-depth interviews and oral histories. This is in order to get thorough qualitative information and to create the greatest understanding possible. The true goal is to highlight the voices of local people and to listen to their stories. The interviews obtained will likely show how families can encourage and also complicate an individual’s understanding and adoption of feminism and their identity.


Wednesday April 26, 2017 9:00am - 9:20am PDT
206 Karpen Hall