Departing from an online interactive Gender Café on the topic of Knowledge Management (KM), jointly hosted by a UN agency and the Society of Gender Professionals, this chapter seeks to provide gender practitioners and others with practical examples of how to “gender” KM in international development. Through analyzing the travel of feminist ideas into the field of KM with inspiration from Barbara Czarniawska’s and Bernard Joerge’s (1996) theory of the travel of ideas, the chapter explores the spaces, limits, and future possibilities for the inclusion of feminist perspectives. The ideas and practical examples of how to do so provided in this chapter originated during the café, by the participants and panellists. The online Gender Café temporarily created a space for feminist perspectives. The data demonstrate how feminist perspectives were translated into issues of inclusion, the body, listening methodologies, practicing reflection, and the importance to one’s work of scrutinizing underlying values. However, for the feminist perspective to be given continuous space and material sustainability developing into an acknowledged part of KM, further actions are needed. The chapter also reflects on future assemblies of gender practitioners, gender scholars and activists, recognizing the struggles often faced by them. The chapter discusses strategies of how a collective organizing of “outside–inside” gender practitioners might push the internal work of implementing feminist perspectives forward.
I would like to thank Marcia Texler Segal for comments and feedback on this chapter. I would also like to thank Kristy Kelly for initial support and encouragement on the Gender Café and this chapter. I would like to thank the SGP team for their assistance during the Gender Café. Lastly, I want to thank my team at the UN for the opportunity you gave me and for introducing me to the intriguing field of KM.
Corneliusson, Å. (2019), "Exploring the Spaces, Limits, and Future Possibilities for Feminist Perspectives on Knowledge Management in International Development and Beyond", Segal, M., Kelly, K. and Demos, V. (Ed.) Gender and Practice: Knowledge, Policy, Organizations (Advances in Gender Research, Vol. 28), Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 3-22. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1529-212620190000028001Download as .RIS
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