1st Edition

New Feminist Research Ethics

Edited By Maryanne Dever Copyright 2023

    New Feminist Research Ethics re-examines the place of the ethical in feminist research and identifies new ethical priorities for feminist researchers. As urgent social, political and environmental challenges demand new ethical sensibilities, contributors revisit the relationship between feminism and research to ask what it means to be an ethical feminist researcher now. They explore how hierarchies of privilege have shaped our understandings of research ethics and question how evolving understandings of feminist research ethics sit alongside formal institutional ethics processes. Contributors also situate feminist research ethics in the context of a broader ethics of care and repair. Importantly, New Feminist Research Ethics acknowledges the need for feminist ethical research frameworks that encompass multiple perspectives and draw from diverse traditions of knowing. The volume brings together established and emerging scholars, and perspectives from sociology, history, gender studies, archival studies, cultural studies, and architecture. It was originally published as a special issue of the journal Australian Feminist Studies.

    1. Research from the Heart: Friendship and Compassion as Personal Research Values

    Jennifer Douglas

    2. Feminist Research Ethics and First Nations Women’s Life Narratives: A Conversation

    Kath Apma Penangke Travis and Victoria Haskins

    3. Beyond Formal Ethics Reviews: Reframing the Potential Harms of Sexual Violence Research

    Shaez Mortimer, Bianca Fileborn and Nicola Henry

    4. Archives as Spaces of Radical Hospitality

    Jamie A. Lee

    5. A Screen of One’s Own: The Domestic Caregiver as Researcher During Covid-19, and Beyond

    Cathy Smith

    6. Towards an Inventive Ethics of Carefull Risk: Unsettling Research Through DIY Academic Archiving

    Niamh Moore et al.

    7. Learning to Stand with Gyack: A Practice of Thinking with Non-Innocent Care

    Lisa Slater

    8. The Use/Less Citations in Feminist Research

    Xin Liu

    9. Embracing Amateurs: Four Practices to Subvert Academic Gatekeeping

    Michelle Moravec


    Maryanne Dever is Co-editor of Australian Feminist Studies. Her research focuses on feminist literary and archival studies. Her previous Routledge edited collections include Archives and New Modes of Feminist Research (2018) which won a Mander Jones Prize from the Australian Society of Archivists and Fashion: New Feminist Essays (2020), co-edited with Ilya Parkins. She is currently Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education and Digital) at the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.