March 17, 2021 – March 19, 2021
Title: Feminism, Gender, and (Historical) Science and Technology Studies
Organizers: Interdisziplinäre Zentrum für Wissenschafts- und Technikforschung (IZWT), University of Wuppertal
Description: In 1978 the women’s studies journal Signs published a special issue “women, science, and society” – a milestone in the formation of a broad and heterogeneous body of work dedicated to the role of gender in the production, dissemination, and application of “scientific knowledge” and “technology”. This interdisciplinary workshop investigates the history of feminist science and technology studies, situating its emergence and development in the context of second wave feminism, Cold War social science, and critical environmentalism. At the same time, its participants examine for a variety of different fields and research objects, the impact of gendered distributions of labor, of heteronormative images of “nature”, or of ideals of masculinity in the construction of
scientists’ bodies and “scientificity” itself. Moreover, they reflect how feminist perspectives provide tools and spaces for thinking and doing science and technology “otherwise”. Topics of the different panels also include food (science), ecology, and disaster. A special focus will be on intersectional approaches that explore how gender is co-constructed and interacts with other categories and axis of difference and inequality, such as race, age or able-bodiedness, and on queer, as well as post- and decolonial perspectives.
Registration: Free/ Need to previous register