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Feminist experiences of ‘studying up’: encounters with international institutions

Holmes, G., Wright, K. A. M., Basu, S., Hurley, M., Martin de Almagro, M., Guerrina, R. and Cheng, C. (2019) Feminist experiences of ‘studying up’: encounters with international institutions. Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 47 (2). pp. 210-230. ISSN 1477-9021

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1177/0305829818806429


This article makes the case for feminist IR to build knowledge of international institutions. It emerges from a roundtable titled ‘Challenges and Opportunities for Feminist IR: Researching Gendered Institutions’ which took place at the International Studies Association Annual Convention in Baltimore in 2017. Here, we engage in self-reflexivity, drawing upon our discussion to consider what it means for feminist scholars to ‘study up’. We argue that feminist IR conceptions of narratives and the everyday make a valuable contribution to feminist institutionalist understandings of the formal and informal. We also draw attention to the value of postcolonial approaches, and multi-site analysis of international institutions for creating a counter-narrative to hegemonic accounts emerging from both the institutions themselves, and scholars studying them without a critical feminist perspective. In so doing, we draw attention to the salience of considering not just what we study as feminist International Relations scholars but how we study it.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Politics, Economics and International Relations > Politics and International Relations
ID Code:79335
Uncontrolled Keywords:feminist International Relations, gender, institutions, methodology, feminism
Publisher:Sage Publications


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