The Paradox of Inter/Disciplinarity: A Rethinking of the Politics of Inter/Disciplinarity and ‘Women’s and Gender Studies’ for the Current Moment
Keywords:Pedagogy, Interdisciplinarity, WGS Graduate Program
In this paper, we argue that Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) should be embraced and acknowledged as a discipline. This is premised on two contentions: that disciplines are arbitrarily differentiated and that couching WGS in the mystique of interdisciplinarity serves to marginalize the study of issues pertinent to gender, women, and feminisms in comparison to other topics. We maintain that WGS is disciplinary, but we also highlight the importance of multi- and interdisciplinary partnerships and research.
Dans cet article, nous faisons valoir que les études des femmes et du genre doivent être acceptées et reconnues comme une discipline. Cet argument est basé sur deux assertions : que les disciplines font l’objet d’une distinction arbitraire et que la présentation des études des femmes et du genre dans la mystique de l’interdisciplinarité ne fait que marginaliser l’étude des enjeux pertinents au genre, aux femmes et au féminisme, comparativement à d’autres disciplines. Nous soutenons que les études des femmes et du genre sont disciplinaires, mais nous mettons aussi en évidence l’importance des partenariats et des recherches multidisciplinaires et interdisciplinaires.
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