Gender and Knowledge Production in the
Medical, Technical and Natural Sciences
The sub-program Gender and Knowledge Production within the Medical, Technical and Natural Sciences focuses on the irreducible intertwinement of the embodiment of sexual difference with gender constructions, sociotechnical relationships, technoscience and knowledge production. It analyses how gender relations and cultural beliefs about sexual difference are incorporated into the bioscientific imaginary and, in turn, into knowledge production. In short, the program explores how technoscience produces gendered bodies and other objects of knowledge. As such, epistemological concerns are always treated as inseparable from questions of ontology and ethics. Critical attention is focused both on the biosciences and biotechnologies and on the circulation of information technologies, new media and popular science which infuse contemporary social life. An important element of the sub-program is the international field of Feminist Science Studies in which the issue of materiality is brought together with broadly postmodernist theory.
The program is lead by Professor Margrit Shildrick who is an internationally recognised body theorist with expertise in poststructuralist theory, critical cultural studies and feminist postmodernist bioethics. She is also well-known for her extensive work in critical disability studies in which she holds the post of Adjunct Professor at York University, Toronto. She is a member of many international research networks that address differential embodiment including Center for Somatechnics; Feminist Approaches to Bioethics; International Consortium of Bioethics, Sexuality and Gender Identity; Nordic Network for Gender and Medicine; Network on Environments and Women’s Health; and the international Retheorising Women’s Health Group.
The National Secretariat for Gender Research has organized a series of studies of Swedish gender studies education. In a recently published report within this series, gender studies alumni have responded to survey questions and participated in focus group interviews, to provide a picture of the connections between gender studies education, ways of perceiving the competencies specific to gender studies, and experiences from the working life that for many alumni have followed after their education.
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About Gender Studies
The objective for TEMA - The Department of Thematic Studies is to pursue excellent research and education at undergraduate and advanced levels relevant to society. Tema aims to provide a major impetus in career development for both future researchers and those who have just entered the field of research
Last updated: 2013-05-17