Gendering Disciplines/Disciplining Gender
Today, the discipline of International Relations is more open to issues of gender and feminist analysis than it has previously been. And yet, in some quarters the legitimacy of feminist work continues to be contested. Feminist IR scholars have claimed that there is a politics at work in the construction of 'disciplines' and the policing of disciplinary boundaries that continues to marginalise feminist work. This paper covers the key debates and controversies in feminist IR, concentrating on exchanges between feminists and 'mainstream' and 'middle ground' scholars particularly. It also assesses the place of feminist IR in contemporary critical IR theory broadly conceived.
Dr Jill Steans
Senior Lecturer in International Relations Theory, Department of Political Science and International Studies, University of Birmingham