Department of Sociology

David Glisch-Sanchez - "Reflexivity in an Age of Certainty: A Conversation on Identity, Power, and Humility"

Mon, October 21, 2013 | Ethnography Lab (CLA 3.214F)

11:00 AM

Within sociology and other academic disciplines, reflexivity has been a powerful tool in the ongoing effort to acknowledge the researcher’s active role in knowledge production. Reflexivity eschews the popular portrayal of researchers and scholars as mere observers of an empirical world.  Conversations around reflexivity have tended to focus on the individual researcher and research conducted across differences in identities.  Drawing on his own experiences conducting research on Latin@ transgender, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer (TLGBQ) experiences with various forms of social harm, Glisch-Sanchez will build upon the work of Patricia Hill Collins, Gloria Anzaldua, Cherrie Moraga, and Pierre Bourdieu to raise questions concerning popular reflexive practices, how and when power and difference exist between seemingly similar or same subjectivities, and the disciplinary structures that hinder reflexive practice.  In particular, Glisch-Sanchez will consider the implicit role, if not express need, for humility as an organizing principle to successful reflexive practice.

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