This talk will follow the development of the field of gender in science from the 1980s to the present—through my academic work and career. The Mind Has No Sex? was written in the early 1980s when it was imperative to expose the privileged first-born twins of modern science: the myth of the natural body, and the myth of value-neutral knowledge. The claim of science to objectivity was the linchpin holding together a system that rendered women’s exclusion from science invisible, and made this exclusion appear just and natural. My work has been devoted to dismantling this self-reinforcing cultural system. Beginning with my doctoral dissertation at Harvard University, I identified three analytically distinct, but interlocking, pieces of the puzzle: the history of women’s participation in science; the structure of scientific institutions; and the gendering of human knowledge. These are now known as “The Three Fixes”: Fix the Numbers, Fix the Institutions, Fix the Knowledge. I will discuss the development of gender—and now intersectionality—in the history of science from my earliest work to the global Gendered Innovations in Science, Health & Medicine, Engineering, and Environment project.
Das IZG lädt im Anschluss zu einem Ausklang in den Räumen des IZG im X-Gebäude, Gebäudeteil B, 3. Etage ein.
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