Current questions and directions

Reading group 2011

From April to June 2011 the GenPhys group formed a reding group in order to rethink past and recent theoretical developments at the intersections of Science and Technology Studies (STS), Gender Studies and Physics. This aims at pushing forward Gender Studies on Physics via exploring selected STS and Gender concepts with respect to their applicability to Physics and Material Sciences. The discussion take place in a Reading Group with each session dedicated either to an STS-concept or a relevant theme when studying the culture of physics. Thematical areas were among others

(a) Gendering the canon in social studies of physics/material sciences
Texts by Ludwik Fleck, Peter Galison, Lorraine Daston & Peter Galison, Mario Biagioli, Steven Shapin & Simon Schaffer, Bruno Latour on thought collectives, trading zones, compositionalism, the image of objectivity and the history of co-production of science & society

(b) Feminist materialism and current trends in feminist theory
Texts by Vicky Kirby, Nancy Tuana, Susan Hekman, Susan Leigh Foster, Elizabeth Potter, Maureen McNeil on new materialism, choreographies of gender the gendering of physical knowledege and feminist cultural studies of science

(c) Interferometric Investigations of Physical Knowledges and Gender in the Making
Texts by Sharon Traweek, Marianne De Laet, Maria Ong, Felicity Mellor, Sven Widmalm, May-Britt Öhmann on cultural choreographies, masculinity & machines, processes of becoming, contemporary co-production of science & society and on power sites.

Symposion September 2011

The aim of the international symposium Interferometric Investigations of Physical Knowledges and Gender in the Making with participants from Europe and the United States. is to explore and to construe existing gaps and possible articulations between gender and science studies with regard to physics and the material sciences. The meeting will function as a starting point to open up novel research perspectives for examining the gender dimensions in the history, epistemology and social studies of physical sciences. It will elucidate conceptual moves as well as empirical investigations required to further the research agenda of gender studies in physics, material sciences and technology. We will offer collaborative encounters between scholars from history, philosophy, anthropology and sociology of physics and related sciences on the one hand and from gender studies on the other hand.

Network Application 2011

The GenPhys currently finalises a follow-up network application that aims at bringing together scholars from physics, gender studies and science and technology studies (STS) in order to critically examine and bring into dialogue existing scientific cultures, knowledge making practices and epistemic concepts from these fields.

Courses and Curricula

Courses and curricula on gender & physics are developed and held at different universities of the iGAP-Network.

The Centre for Gender Research at Uppsala University co-operates with the physics department at Stockholm University to develop and hold a course on Gender and Physics. The course started in January 2011 at Stockholm University.
Further courses being held or under preparation are on Gender, Nature, Culture (SS 2011), Energy (WS 2012) and Physics Cultures (WS 2012).