Sandra Harding is a Professor of Education and Women’s Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a philosopher, who taught for two decades at the University of Delaware before moving to UCLA in 1996. She directed the UCLA Center for the Study of Women from 1995-2000, and co-edited the journal Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society from 2000 to 2005.
Dr. Harding is also the author / editor of fifteen books and special journal issues including: The Postcolonial Science and Technology Studies Reader (Duke 2011) Sciences From Below (Duke 2008), The Feminist Standpoint Theory Reader (Routledge 2004),and The Racial Economy of Science (Indiana 1991).
As an internationally well-known scholar, Dr. Hardings has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Amsterdam, the University of Costa Rica, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, and the Asian Institute of Technology. She has been a consultant to several United Nations organizations including the Pan American Health Organization, UNESCO, the U.N. Development Fund for Women, and the U.N. Commission on Science and Technology for Development. She was a Phi Beta Kappa National Lecturer In 2007-2008.
April 13 Speech Topic:Standpoint as Critical Methodology and Pedagogy
Standpoint methodology has enabled researchers to produce the kinds of knowledge that economically and politically vulnerable groups need. It does so by starting off research from the daily lives of people in such groups in order to answer the kinds of questions about dominant institutions that are important to such groups. Similarly, it has been useful as a critical pedagogy because it enables teachers to start off student thinking from students' everyday lives in order to formulate the kinds of questions that provide the kinds of knowledge that they need to flourish. This presentation will explore how this critical methodology and critical pedagogy work.