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Participatory Action Research - Feminist Trailblazers & Good Troublemakers

Participatory Action Research - Feminist Trailblazers & Good Troublemakers

Welcome to the companion site to the podcast, Participatory Action Research Feminist Trailblazers and Good Troublemakers. We talk with feminists PAR Trailblazers about their work, struggles, and successes bringing feminist values and ways of being to PAR. We explore their insights for the future of a PAR intentionally informed by intersectional feminisms. We've included transcripts. Watch our Resources section grow!

Recent Episodes

Episode 8 - Martha Farrell: Gender Justice at PRIA with Nandita Bhatt & Rajesh Tandon

March 3, 2023

This is our first episode paying tribute to a feminist trailblazer who is no longer with us. Dr. Martha Farrell was Director of the International Academy of Lifelong Learning of the Society for Participatory Research in Asia…

Episode 7 with Michelle Fine, Cheryl Wilkins and María Elena Torre

Jan. 31, 2023

In this episode, we talk to three special guests: Michelle Fine, Cheryl Wilkins and María Elena Torre, all who have been involved in a lot of groundbreaking work around social justice, gender justice, racial justice work and…

Episode 6 with Alice McIntyre

Jan. 4, 2023

In this episode, our guest is activist teacher educator Alice McIntyre, known for her use of Photovoice in PAR. She discusses the challenges of her first PAR project with white classroom teachers to make meaning of their wh…

Episode 5 with Andrea Cornwall

Nov. 29, 2022

Our guest today is Dr. Andrea Cornwall. Dr. Cornwall is a political anthropologist who specializes in the anthropology of democracy in participatory research, gender justice and sexuality, and citizen participation. Her work…

Episode 4 with Brinton Lykes and Brisna Caxaj

Oct. 31, 2022

In this episode, Brinton Lykes and Brisna Caxaj discuss a long-term feminist participatory action research project supporting Mayan women’s agency in their search for redress for harm suffered during the genocidal violence p…

Episode 3 with Deborah Barndt and Margarita Antonio

Aug. 30, 2022

In this episode Deborah Barndt and Margarita Antonio discuss their collaboration on a participatory arts-based research project called VIVA! in Nicaragua the early days of URACCAN - the University of the Autonomous Region of…

About the Hosts

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Patricia Maguire, Host

Patricia Maguire, long-time advocate for feminist-informed participatory and action research, initiated this series to amplify and elevate the trailblazing contributions of feminists to the development of PAR.

Patricia Maguire is Professor Emeritus of Education and Counseling, Western New Mexico University. Her book, Doing Participatory Research: A Feminist Approach (1987) was one of the first feminist critiques of PAR. For twenty-five years. Patricia was Chair of the WNMU-Gallup Graduate Studies Center (GGSC), located in Gallup, New Mexico, a border town to the Navajo Nation and Zuni Pueblo. Working collaboratively, the GGSC team served one of the most culturally rich, linguistically diverse, yet economically poorest communities in the USA.

Inspired by bell hooks and Paulo Freire, Patricia believes the classroom is still a space of radical possibilities. Patricia taught feminist-informed Teacher Action Research. She and colleague Julie Horwitz explored what happens for teachers who engage in AR with transformational intentions. In a nod to knowledge democracy, her website, https://www.patriciamaguire.net/ gives open access to many of her writings and presentations.

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Jessica Oddy, Guest Host

Jessica Oddy has worked for over a decade in the education in emergencies space for organizations including Save the Children, LWF and War Child. She is an Academic Tutor for the University of East London’s preparation course for refugees and asylum seekers and is pursuing a PhD at UEL’s Centre for Migration, Refugee and Belonging. Using mixed digital and participatory action research methods, her research focuses on diverse young people’s educational experiences in emergencies and how colonial legacies influence the types of programs available for youth in displacement situations. In her early work as a secondary school teacher, she taught Global and active citizenship to support young people to become agents of change within their own communities.

In the international development and humanitarian aid sectors, she designs education in emergencies programs with and for children, young people and adults in situations of displacement, conflict and on the move. Jessica is Director and founder of EiE consulting. Education in Emergencies’ (EiE) mission is to support organizations, institutions, and individuals to design and deliver equity and evidence-based programs and research. See more of Jessica Oddy’s work at https://www.jessoddy.com/jessoddy

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Vanessa Gold, Production Manager

Production Manager

Vanessa Gold is a doctoral student in the Department of Integrated Studies of Education at McGill University, studying pedagogical change processes in secondary and post-secondary schools. Feminisms informs her worldview. The research areas informing her work include student voice, educational leadership, design thinking, and action research. She seeks opportunities for collaboration, innovation, and creativity. Before pursuing her PhD, Vanessa taught internationally for four years.

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Shikha Diwakar

Production Manager

Shikha Diwakar is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill University, Canada. She studies the role and impact of Dalit women’s identities on their life experiences in higher education institutions in India. She also works on several projects focusing on women's empowerment, intersectionality, and caste at the Global level. Her research areas include Dalit studies, Dalit feminism, identity, anti-caste discourses, higher education policies, action research, and narrative enquiry.

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Linnea Rademaker, Supporter

Linnea Rademaker is the host of the Action Research: Global Conversations Podcast. An early supporter of this project, she graciously lent us AR Global Conversations as first home of the PAR Feminist Trailblazers and Good Troublemakers Podcast. She is a professor at Abilene Christian University in the Department of Educational Leadership and recent past president of the AERA Action Research Special Interest Group. Check out her most recent book, co-authored with Elena Y. Polush. Evaluation and Action Research: An Integrated Framework to Promote Data Literacy and Ethical Practices (2022)