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Instruction with Special Collections & University Archives

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Course Description

Is there a distinct feminist method of conducting research? How do feminist and decolonial methodologies challenge - or complement - conventional research methodologies? This course provides a framework for thinking about methods and forms of knowledge production from a feminist decolonial perspective. The course examines how feminist scholars challenge dominant theories of knowledge through a lens that recognizes multiple, interrelated axes of inequality.

Proposed Class Outline


  • Students will be familiar with some of the primary source collections on women’s lives at Colgate
  • Students will understand how to analyze a primary source


  • Students can identify a source, its main content and perspective, and its defining characteristics.
  • Students will be able to craft a research question using the sources presented.

Exercise 1 (25 minutes):

  • Divide students into 3 groups of two.
  • Each group receives 1-2 folders to review and analyze. (10 minutes)
  • Groups share what they gathered from the sources. (15 minutes)

Exercise 2 (50 minutes):

  • In pairs, students visit “stations” of materials for 5-7 minutes at each. Ask them to review the materials and think about a research question that is inspired from their investigation.
  • In last 20 minutes of class, students share their findings.

Sample Item List

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