After briefly introducing ourselves and the roundtable, we will ask about participants' experiences with transnational feminism and interests in this roundtable. Second, we will provide a brief introduction to transnational feminist theory and research as we see it, including discussion of the major concerns and epistemologocial stances of transnational feminist scholarship. In this introduction and throughout the roundtable discussion, we will draw on our own experiences utilizing transnational feminist theory and methodologies in research with communities who oftentimes are positioned at the margins: migrants, refugees, trafficked persons, sex workers, people in extreme poverty, and survivors of violence.
Third, drawing on examples from our research alongside our lived experiences, we will offer our answers to questions related to transnational feminist research. Central questions we will address include: 1) How do we engage in reflexivity and challenge imperial privilege in transnational research? 2) What does research that utilizes transnational feminist theory and methodologies look like in practice? 3) What is the future of transnational feminist research in social work?
Throughout the conversation, we will ask participants to reflect on their own answers to these questions, as well as on the potential contributions or challenges of employing transnational feminist approach in social work research.
Overall, this roundtable will explore the meanings and practices of transnational feminist theory and methodologies, with implications for feminist inquiry in social work research, replacing the practice of one-way knowledge production and recolonization of research participants. A feminist praxis for conducting transnational research that emphasizes research with rather than on disenfranchised populations will be emphasized, as well as visions and strategies to advance solidarity through liberatory research frameworks.