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Feminist Futures: Futures studies through the lens of feminist epistemologies
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Sustainable development, Environmental science and Engineering.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Feministiska framtider: Framtidsstudier utifrån ett feministiskt epistemologiskt perspektiv (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

This study explores how futures studies could engage with critical feminist perspectives in an intrinsic manner and what feminist futures might mean. The study brings attention to the less discussed subject of epistemological basis in futures studies. Literature study and semi-structured interviews with practitioners and researchers working with feminist approaches in the fields related to futures development was deployed. I’ve analyzed Wendell Bell’s discussion on epistemological foundation of futures studies from feminist epistemological perspective, and have suggested the potential of feminist epistemology of situated knowledges and partial objectivity for futures studies. Based on the findings from the semi-structured interviews, an alternative feminist scenario set in Swedish society in the year of 2050 in the format of a fiction is presented with the aim to provide a detailed and situated narrative of political and daily lives in feminist futures. The feminist futures scenario should not be understood as the singular feminist future suggested for implementation. The intention is to demonstrate how the visionary dimensions of feminist studies could be articulated in various forms of futures studies, and to open up space for rich debates on envisioning feminist futures. 

Abstract [sv]

Denna studie utforskar hur framtidsstudier skulle kunna anta ett kritiskt feministiskt perspektiv på ett djuplodande sätt och vad feministiska framtider skulle kunna innebära. Litteraturstudier och semistrukturerade intervjuer med utövare och forskare som arbetar med feministiska tillvägagångssätt inom fält relaterade till framtidsutveckling har genomförts. Jag har analyserat Wendell Bells diskussion om den epistemologiska grunden för framtidsstudier utifrån ett feministiskt epistemologiskt perspektiv, och har föreslagit feministisk epistemologi om situerad kunskap och partiell objektivitet som potentiell epistemologi för framtidsstudier. Utifrån fynden i de semistrukturerade intervjuerna presenteras ett alternativt feministiskt scenario för ett svenskt samhälle år 2050 i ett fiktivt format med syftet att ge ett detaljerat och situerat narrativ om det politiska och dagliga livet inom feministiska framtider. Det feministiska framtidsscenariot bör inte läsas som den enda feministiska framtiden avsedd för implementering. Avsikten är att visa hur feministiska studiers visionära dimensioner kan uttryckas på olika sätt i framtidsstudier och ge utrymme för en bred debatt om hur feministiska framtider kan gestaltas. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , p. 76
Keywords [en]
feminist futures, futures studies, feminist futures scenarios, feminist epistemologies
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Social Sciences Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-224522Local ID: TRITA-SEED-EX 2017:14OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-224522DiVA, id: diva2:1191472
Subject / course
Built Environment
Educational program
Degree of Master - Sustainable Urban Planning and Design
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2017-10-06, Ocean, TEKNIKRINGEN 10B, Stockholm, 13:00 (English)
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Available from: 2018-03-19 Created: 2018-03-19 Last updated: 2018-03-19Bibliographically approved

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