In this roundtable, we convene scholars and practitioners to discuss some of the complexities of navigating critical feminist praxis in the context of domestic violence research. We will specifically highlight and explore some of the tensions in doing critical feminist research such as: how to critique anti-violence work without undermining existing efforts or disempowering those doing the work; managing the tension between slow scholarship and/or community engaged work and academic timelines (e.g. tenure expectations); creating multiple products for different audiences (e.g. publishing in academic journals and also creating products more relevant to advocates); doing research within communities that one is a part of; and navigating values incongruence between feminist methods grounded in intentional, collaborative relationships and the individualistic and patriarchal approaches most often reflected in academia.
This roundtable session will engage a dialogue about strategies for navigating critical feminist praxis in DV research in social work. Each roundtable participant will speak about their work, highlighting 1-2 of the key tensions we have experienced and approaches we have employed to work through them. Roundtable participants represent the perspective of collaborative research teams, activist-scholars, practitioners, and researchers holding a range of social positionalities in relationship to the communities we work in. In this dialogic session, we will facilitate a conversation with attendees using the following questions to elaborate on the viewpoints presented by the panelists:
1.What are approaches that scholars have used to engage in critical DV research while maintaining meaningful relationships with community partners and attending to practice realities?
2.What successful strategies have been used to navigate critical feminist research including slow scholarship and collaborative approaches within (the constraints and structures of) academia?
3.What modalities of sharing research findings have permitted that gathered information may be accessed by multiple audiences for multiple purposes?