This article elaborates on discursive constructions of girls-only settings through the spatial metaphor of a room of one's own, as articulated in round-table discussions among staff and participants from girl-centered music programs in Sweden. The idea of a separate room refers to spaces for collective female empowerment as well as for individual knowledge acquisition and creativity. These spaces are constructed so as to provide the possibility for exploration, subjectivity, and focus, by offering (partial and temporary) escape from competition and control, from a gendered and gendering gaze, and from distraction. Girl-centered programs are also discussed as paradoxical because they function as gender-neutral when seen from the inside, but gender-specific when seen from the outside.
Discursive Constructions of Girls-only Spaces for Learning Popular Music
Controlling Protest Spaces and Coalition-Building during the Iranian December 2017 Protests
and protesters. From Public/Private Spaces to the Spatiality of Protests: Methodological Reflections The data for this article was gathered during three consecutive field trips to Iran between October 2017 and October 2018. As part of a larger research