WSGS graduate student Nicole Carrasco’s podcast series, Negotiating Space is an experiment in feminist media and storytelling, focusing on facilitating narratives from marginalized communities. The idea was born from Nicole’s desire to use media as a means to make feminist ideas and dialogue accessible to everyone. You can connect with Negotiating Space on Twitter, @NegotiateSpace, read the blog and listen to episodes at http://negotiatingspace.tumblr.com/, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NegotiatingSpace.
Says Nicole, “I wanted to create this project because I felt like I was in a position to help the voices of others be heard…. The important part to me was making space for feminist scholarship and lived experiences to meet. The series is rooted in feminist research methods, especially the concept of giving subjects the agency of their own voice. Each episode I work closely with my guests to ensure their message is not lost or altered during editing. What I hope people gain from listening is the desire to bridge communities and gain perspective from a position other than their own. Technology has given the world a great opportunity to be connected, and I think it is imperative for feminists, activists, and knowledge-seekers to take advantage of this. I am so grateful to Loyola’s WSGS program for giving me an opportunity to pursue this. Sometimes taking on a new venture is frightening, but the faculty and my fellow students have been incredibly supportive and I could not have asked for a better working environment….”