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Getting Lost: Feminism Efforts Toward a Double(d) Science

This lecture is part of the Women's Studies Feminist Scholar Series presented by Patti Lather, Professor, Cultural Studies in Education Program, School of Educational Policy and Leadership, Ohio State University.
When Mar 31, 2004
from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Where 102 Kern Building
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Patti Lather Patti Lather

Professor, Cultural Studies in Education Program, School of Educational Policy and Leadership, Ohio State University

Patti Lather, Professor in the School of Educational Policy and Leadership at Ohio State University, is the author of two books, Getting Smart: Feminist Research and Pedagogy with/in the Postmodern and Troubling the Angels: Women Living with HIV/AIDS, co-authored with Chris Smithies. Her most recent publication, "Postbook: Working the Ruins of Feminist Ethnography" appeared in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. She has chapters in the Handbook of Research on Teaching, V. Richardson, ed., 2001, Working the Ruins: Feminist Theory and Methods in Education, E. St. Pierre and W. Pillow, eds, 2000, and The Handbook of Ethnography, P. Atkinson et al, eds, 2001. She is presently working on a manuscript, Getting Lost: Feminist Efforts Toward a Double(d) Science.

Getting Lost: Feminist Efforts Toward a Double(d) Science

This paper draws from my in-process book in unpacking what getting lost might mean as both methodology and mode of representation. Grounded in efforts to tell the story of women living with HIV/AIDS, I explore a logic of mourning and haunting in the context of feminist research methodology. Asking hard questions about necessary complicities, inadequate categories, dispersing rather than capturing meanings, and producing bafflement rather than solutions, I put deconstruction to work as "difficult knowledge," knowledge that works against security and certainty by inducing breakdowns in representing experience. Here accepting loss becomes the very force of learning and the promise of thinking and doing otherwise.