Please join Crossings on Tuesday, April 6, 2010 featuring Kandace Creel Falcon on her feminist knowledge production, "Mestiza Methodology: Interrogating the Self as a Site of Chicana." This event will take place in Scott Hall 105 from 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Critical Dialogues: April 6th, 2010 - Kandace Creel Falcon
Tuesday, April 6th 3:30-5:00 pm
105 Scott Hall
Mestiza Methodology: Interrogating the Self as a Site of Chicana Feminist Knowledge Production
Kandace Creel Falcón
This talk critically examines the role of self revelation as a site for Chicana feminist knowledge production. Based on my dissertation research with eight Chicanas in the Midwest I explore the journey involved with conducting research that is painful, personal, and powerful. I examine the methodological framework to explore how one can integrate the self in research and writing about other women's lives and why this is an important endeavor. Through engaging with other Chicana feminist scholars and writers I explore mestiza methodology and speak to the ways that I have incorporated a mestiza methodology to analyze issues of Midwestern Chicanas' storytelling practices. The result of the interrogation of the self in research is the bringing together of voices, the melding together of stories, and a deep commitment to Chicana feminist epistemologies that begin with critically reflecting about our own lives. I believe in this way oral histories come to life on the written page and mestiza methodology creates opportunities to better understand the gender, race, class, and sexual identities Chicanas in the Midwest navigate daily.
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