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Intersectionality as a methodology and practice panel

Hosted January 29th, 2021 by Women’s and Gender Studies et Recherches Féministes (WGSRF).

The reach of intersectionality continues to grow and resonate in a variety of fields, raising theoretical methodological and practical issues. In short, how does one “do” intersectionality in ways that honour its history and social justice aims? Knapp (2005) calls intersectionality a “fast travelling” theory with shifting meanings and applications. For Knapp, intersectionality has been reified “into a formula merely to be mentioned, being largely stripped of the baggage of concretion, of context and history.” This formula does not necessarily lead to transformative politics, but “keeps the mantra going: mention differences – and continue doing what you’ve always done.” This panel shares papers from a range of research contexts, including research in long-term care, research in knowledge translation (a field that brings empirical health research evidence to health care practice), and mad, d/Deaf and disability art. The papers uncover issues and opportunities about how intersectionality can be used to transform research praxis and knowledge-creation, and also points where it becomes diluted into supporting business as usual.

List of Papers Presented:

Intersectionality as a Method for Understanding Critical Relations for Quality in Long-Term Care Research

‘Doing’ or ‘Using’ Intersectionality? Opportunities and Challenges in Incorporating Intersectionality into Empirical Health Research and Practice

Rethinking Intersectionality in Complex Body Becomings of New Materialities: What Artistic Creative Accounts Offer Us


Katie Aubrecht, St Francis Xavier University

Carla Rice, University of Guelph

Eliza Chandler, Ryerson University

Nadine Changfoot, Trent University

Danielle Kasperavicius, Unity Health Toronto

Christine Kelly, University of Manitoba