Today I attended a conference, that speaks directly to my thesis. Oh! Update, I have a smaller thesis topic. I'm going to create case studies of three feminist organizations, one national, one regional, and one informal to see how they communicate with their membership. I want to see what methods they use, and which ones they find the most effective. I want to explore how they are using online tools in their work, and what this says about the ways that feminist organizations are inspiring action in their members. What I found upsetting was that one of the orgs I had hoped to follow isn't doing anything of substance online, and more, they don't really think that it has anything to do with them. I think I want to still include this organization in my research, as I think this is really important. I want to see what they do do to speak to their membership. I have a hunch that the methods they use speak volumes about the direction of this organization, and where they place themselves in larger social movements. What bothered me was that I really thought they would be more interested in using new techniques, but they seem to instead want to look backwards.
I don't know if this is because of the leadership, or the membership. Either way, I think my thesis is going to take me in directions that I didn't expect, and I find this exciting. I feel like the work I will be doing will actually be of some use to the greater feminist academic community, and will help to bridge what I see as a gap between feminist practice and theory, that I'm not sure needs to be there.