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Leo-Rhynie,Elsa A.
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Office of the Board for Undergraduate Studies
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Gender studies: interdisciplinary and pedagogical challenges
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Mona academic conference
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August 29-31, 2003
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Kingston,Jamaica
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http:; www.mona.uwi.edu/notices/monaconf/abstracts/abstractleorynie.htm
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Abstract
Feminist scholarship has always transcended disciplinary boundaries. Massiah (1986) in reviewing the beginnings of the movement to establish a programme in gender studies at the UWI, notes that an important feature of this initiative was …an interdisciplinary mode of operation, to make the connections between separate branches of knowledge, thereby contributing to a better understanding of the whole. Interdisciplinarity was not merely a modification of concepts and boundaries of knowledge but also a critical assessment and reconstruction of such knowledge. A major task of the gender studies programme has been to use that knowledge to develop in the academy and beyond new insights and generate new personal and political meaning. The challenges presented by these imperatives and the methods used to address them over the period of the introduction and institutionalization of gender studies at the University of the West Indies are presented and critically assessed.AU....
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