The Gender Hubcast

About the project

The Gender Hubcast is a research project turned into a podcast. The Hubcast provides an innovative platform for Gender, Justice and Security Hub members to reflect on feminist practice, knowledge production, and ethics in the study and practice of peacebuilding. Crucially, the Hubcast offers a unique space for shared reflection and learning on the opportunities, challenges, constraints, and lessons accrued while driving an academically rigorous, policy-relevant, and feminist-led multi-country research Hub. In this first Gender Hubcast series, academics and practitioners curate conversations reflecting on a range of themes, perspectives, and experiences relating to their time on the Hub.

You can listen to all the Gender Hubcast episodes on Spotify, Apple, Podbean or wherever you get your podcasts.

The messiness of fieldwork

The first episode, hosted by Kirsten Ainley and featuring Hub members Marsha Henry, Choman Hardi, and Keshab Giri, explores the messiness of fieldwork through feminist lenses. It focuses on both the advantages and challenges that arise from incorporating feminist perspectives within research and international studies and beyond, highlighting the potential of feminist fieldwork to foster ethical knowledge production and contribute to a fairer global society.

I always think that it’s really important to think about if you engage messiness in your reflections on field work, to be really cognisant and careful about what that means for the results and the findings that you have, what you produce as your account of yourself in the field, and others in the field. So, messiness has to be with responsibility.

Feminist practice and early career research

In the second episode, members of the Early Career Network share incisive reflections on what it means to be an early career member of the Hub, while navigating South-North relationships in feminist research, and the localisation of care responsibilities across different academic institutions. The episode sheds light on the intentionality required for genuine connections that extend beyond performative acts, contributing to broader conversations on decolonial and postmodern feminist values and practices.

Feminism redefines our perspective on the concept of care. It tells us care isn’t a sign of weakness. It is a formidable strength, and it is this incredible force that has the potential to reshape societies, making them more compassionate, fair, and inclusive for everyone.