Together with the wonderful women in the Feminist Research Collective, I have been involved in the WomenWeLove Project. Our beginning points in Women We Love are the worlds we are each deeply familiar with, through families and neighborhoods and friendships and shared life experiences and combinations of these. We begin with conversations with women we have been close to over a long stretch of time, and the stories and images, recipes and songs they’ve shared have given us additional ways to explore and understand them. Love, in these examples, is foundational to the way we interact with our participants. It is, at any rate, an ideal we aspire to. We are doing ethnography with and for our participants rather than about them. We aim to communicate their life experiences in such a way as to enable others—readers, academics and fellow participants—to imaginatively step into their shoes as well.
We conceptualize the methodology we used in this project as Storyworlding methodology. Feel free to check out our publications about the project and Storyworlding listed below.
PUBLICATIONS ABOUT THE PROJECT AND THE STORYWORLDING METHODOLOGY
B. Dennis & Zhao, P. (online first). “Storyworlding: An outline of the philosophic and methodological commitments of a new feminist methodology.” International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education (equal co-authorship).
Zhao, P. & Silberstein, S. (online first). “Not waves BUT ripples: Re-worlding & counter-worlding of intergenerational feminism.” International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education (equal co-authorship).
Dennis, B. K., L. Carspecken, P. Zhao, S. Silberstein, P. Saxena, S. Bose., D. Palmer, S. Washington & A. Elfreich (2020). “Digital Migrating and Storyworlding with Women We Love: A Feminist Ethnography.” Journal of Contemporary Ethnography. 49(6), 745-776.