My dissertation project had and has two goals: (1) To understand how digital “safe” spaces for transnational feminist organizing are constructed and their potentials and limitations for organizing across difference and (2) To collaborate to create safer, more inclusive spaces for women to gain a voice and organize for social change. It seeks to accomplish these goals through a digital feminist participatory action research (D+FPAR) project, involving multiple qualitative and participatory methods. This project builds on an ongoing collaborative relationship with World Pulse, a nonprofit platform dedicated to connecting women’s voices worldwide for change.
This web page is meant to provide updates to participants, collaborators and those interested in learning more. If you would like additional information, please contact me directly.
Project History and Timeline
This project has four phases, involving cycles of reflection and action. Each is described briefly below:
- Phase 1: Design – This phase, building on prior work with the organization, involved consultative interviews, meetings with an organizational contact, and document analysis to shape the design of the project. (Fall-Winter 2015)
- Phase 2: Building Understanding – This phase involved in-depth interviews with community members, participant observation within the digital space, and document analysis to address the first goal of the project. (Summer-Fall 2016)
- Phase 3: Collaboration & Analysis – This phase involved collaborating with both community members and staff to identify solutions and and strategies to achieve the second goal. This phase was informed by themes from a preliminary analysis of data collected during Phase 2 and provided an opportunity to involve participants in the analysis. It included a participatory online workshop, focus group, post-meeting evaluations, and member reflections. This marked the completion of the dissertation; however, the project itself is ongoing through Phase 4. (Spring 2017)
- Phase 4: Action & Outcomes – This phase involves working with community members and staff on actions and outcomes identified throughout the project. This phase is ongoing.
- The dissertation project received the 2018 W. Charles Redding Dissertation Award from the Organizational Communication Division of the International Communication Association. (May 2018)
- A formal presentation was made to World Pulse staff followed by a Q&A. In addition, a written summary report and copy of the full dissertation were provided. Outcomes were identified (March 2018).
- The full dissertation was made available open access via ProQuest. You can access it here. (December 2017).
- My dissertation was successfully defended on June 29, 2017. (June 2017)
- Participants engaged in participatory online workshops in May 2017 to discuss preliminary findings and talk about what we could do with them. Ideas from that process have been complied and are being shared back with participants to discuss next steps. (June 2017)
- Participants who won drawings have been notified. (June 2017)
- Participants in the online workshops have been invited to complete a post-meeting evaluation. (May 2017)
- Interview participants have received a copy of their interview transcript and have been invited to share their reflections. (April 2017)