Social Science & Social Location Series | Where We Stand and What We See

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
E20 Machmer Hall | UMass Amherst

In what ways does our social position affect the academic work that we do? Does one’s position in society produce "epistemic advantages," allowing someone to see things that others cannot? If there is, what can social science do to accommodate such things? What do such issues imply about the possibility of knowledge in social science?

This panel brings together researchers from a variety of disciplines to discuss whether and how "where we stand" affects "what we see" and "what we can know" as scholars.

""Whitney Battle-Baptiste is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and is an historical archaeologist who focuses on the intersectional relationship of race, class, gender and the shaping of cultural landscapes across the African Diaspora.

""Sonya Atalay is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and works in the area of engaged (public) anthropology, particularly in community-university partnerships and with community-based research methods in partnership with indigenous and local communities.

""Kiran Asher is Professor in the Department of Women Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGSS). Her work focuses on the gendered and raced dimensions of social and environmental change in the global south.

""Barbara Cruikshank is Professor in the Department of Political Science and has interests in modern and contemporary social and political theory, the history of reform, social movements, the politics of sex and sexuality, and relations of power and knowledge.

""Linda Tropp is Professor of Social Psychology in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. Her work focuses on expectations and outcomes of intergroup contact, identification with social groups, interpretations of intergroup relationships and responses to prejudice and disadvantage.


About ISSR's Social Science and Social Location Series

Social scientists are very much part of the world they study. They have beliefs, values, are part of communities and have their own identities. This workshop series focuses on the "positionality" of researchers, asking how our social location informs the way in which we go about our scholarly lives, the questions we ask, the approaches we take to inquiry, and the way that we conduct our scholarship more broadly.