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Situating gendered solidarities in epistemic cultures of science, technology, and other areas of academic practice

Convenors:
Tanja Paulitz (RWTH Aachen University)
Martin Winter (Technische Universit├Ąt Darmstadt)
Bianca Prietl (Technical University Darmstadt)
Aleksandra Derra (Nicolas Copernicus University)
Chair:
Martin Winter & Bianca Prietl (1st session), Aleksandra Derra (2nd session)
Format:
Location:
C. Humanisticum AB 00.7
Start time:
18 September, 2014 at 15:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

Analysing science, technology, and other areas of academic practice with the STS-tool "epistemic cultures", we ask about gendered power asymmetries in processes of generating knowledge.

Long abstract:

Analysing science, technology, and other areas of academic practice with the STS-tool "epistemic cultures", we ask about gendered power asymmetries in processes of generating knowledge. We want to gather research that goes beyond studying gender relations in academia as a structural phenomenon; the emphasis is on questions of the symbolic, practical and sociotechnical (re)production of gendered forms of "doing science and technology". The following questions, among others, shall be discussed: Theoretical, methodological approaches: - How can gendered inequalities in epistemic cultures of different academic areas be framed theoretically? How can different levels (discursive, practical, structural) be put into relation to each other? - What are productive methodological approaches in studying the variety of gendered epistemic cultures when it comes to empirical design, research unit etc? Dimensions of "gendered solidarities": - Where and how are boundaries drawn between the scientific and the non-scientific, regarding for instance basic approaches such as emotional, managerial, artistic or esoteric? - Which kinds of knowledge are differentiated as (non-)legitimate ways of knowing (such as visual, auditive, haptic, tactile, cognitive) and how are they linked to gender differentiations in material situated sociotechnical configurations? - How are gendered relations of power interwoven with other dimensions of epistemic cultures (such as theory/practice orientation, well-established vs. marginal research fields, different methodologies)? - Which social differentiations additional to the binary gender dualism become constitutive for the formation of epistemic cultures in academia? We welcome contributions focusing on all areas of academia. The papers will be presented in the order shown and grouped 3-3 between sessions