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Feminist Science and Technology Studies:
Theories and Methodologies

September 24-26, 2007

Deadline for application:
August 19, 2007

NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology), Trondheim, Norway

Prof. Maureen McNeil, University of Lancaster, UK
Prof. Merete Lie, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway
Prof. Nina Lykke, Linköping University, Sweden
Prof. Nelly Oudshoorn, Twente University, Netherlands

Prof. Merete Lie, NTNU, - in collaboration with Director of Research School Prof. Nina Lykke, Linköping University.

Course description:
The course will highlight the importance for feminist studies of engaging with science and technology studies and emphasize how feminist theories can provide new questions and offer new perspectives for analysis. Focussing on theories and methodologies, the lecturers will discuss how to do research on science and technology. The course will be based on theories from the field of science studies where feminist research has provided vital contributions. This includes studies of the production of science, scientific cultures and communities, and of communication, dissemination and public understanding of science.
As opposed to the conventional understanding of science as ‘discovering’ realities the course will examine how science is a producer of meaning and materialities. Today, new technologies contribute to producing new images of gender. We may think of chatting and blogging as playing on metaphors of gender; re-shaping the body by transplants and implants; or the possible making of designer babies. Reproductive technologies and new reprogenetics are de-stabilizing the association of gender to women and men’s roles in reproduction, thus making new openings to question prevalent understandings of gender.
The lecturers will present analyses from different fields within science and technology studies, focussing on the new biosciences, reproduction and the human body. The course will give particular attention to research methods and analysis.
The course will include two kinds of sessions:
1) lecture-discussion-sessions,
2) group sessions with presentations of students' papers, where
students will be given the opportunity to present their doctoral
research and receive comments from teachers and co-participants.

Programme: (arrival Sept. 23 (evening))

Day 1

0900 Opening. Welcome

0915 Merete Lie
Gender and technology intertwined: from ICT to bioethics

1030 Coffee

1100 Panel presentations: My way to a PhD in the field of Gender, Science and Technology Studies, by Vivian Lagesen, Malin Noem Ravn, Kristin Spilker, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture, NTNU.

1230 Lunch

1400-1600 Group work. Paper presentations.

1600 Coffee

1730 – 1800 Nina Lykke
Feminist cultural studies of science: Portrait of an implosion.


Day 2

0900 Maureen McNeil
Feminist cultural studies of science and technology

1030 Coffee

1100 cont.
Methodological approaches

1230 Lunch

1400-1800 Group work. Paper presentations.


Day 3

0900 Nelly Oudshoorn
Technoscience and reproduction

1030 Coffee

1100 cont.
Methodological approaches

1230 Lunch

1400-1500 Group work. Paper presentations.

1500-1600 Evaluation and summing up.

1600 Departure


Politics and general theory

Donna Haraway (1989) Primate Visions: gender, race and nature in the world of modern science, New York and London: Routledge, pp.1-8 ; 368-81 (Introduction and Ch. 16 Reprise: science fiction, fictions of science and primatology).

---. (1985, 1991a) ‘A cyborg manifesto: science, technology, and socialist-feminism in the late twentieth century’ reprinted in her Simians, Cyborgs, and Women: the reinvention of nature, London: Free Association Books, pp. 127-48.

Donna Haraway: "Cyborgs, Coyotes and Dogs: A Kinship of Feminist
Figurations. The Haraway Reader, Ch. 10. Routledge, London, New York
2004, pp. 321-343.

Haraway, D J 1997. Modest_Witness@Second_Millenium. Feminism and Technoscience. New York and London: Routledge (275p).

Huijer M and I Janze 2005. “Democratic transactions in the life sciences. A gender democratic labyrinth”. European Journal of Women’s Studies, vol. 12, nr, 1, 9-29.

Ludmilla Jordanova (1989) Sexual Visions: images of gender in science and medicine between the eighteenth and twentieth centuries, Hemel Hempstead: Harvester Wheatsheaf; pp. 1-15; 86-110 (Introduction, Ch.5: Nature unveiling before science).

Lie, Merete and Knut H Sørensen 1996. Making technology our own? Domesticating technology into everyday life. Ch. 1, 2 and 8, pp 1-64 and 201-22.

Nina Lykke (1997): "To be a cyborg or a goddess?" , in Gender,
Technology, and Development, 1,1 1997 (Sage, New Delhi, London), pp. 5-22.

Nina Lykke (2000): "Are cyborgs queer? Biological determinism and
feminist theory in the age of new reproductive technologies and
reprognetics." Conference Proceedings, Fourth European Feminist Research Conference. Bologna 2000.

Nina Lykke and Mette Bryld (2003): "Cyborg in Drag? Lennart Nilsson:
Miracles of Love - Science Documentary Film Between Deconstruction and Conservation." In Christina Mörtberg et al: How do we make a difference? Luleå University Press, Luleå 2003. pp. 175-191.

Singleton, V 1996. “Feminism, sociology of scientific knowledge and postmodernism: Politics, theory and me”. Social Studies of Science, vol. 26, pp 445-469.

The hormonalization of the female body

Nelly Oudshoorn. 1994. “The power of structures that already exist”. In Beyond the Natural Body. An Archaeology of Sex Hormones. London and New York: Routledge 1994, pp 138 – 152.

Nelly Oudshoorn 1997. "Menopause, only for Women? The Social Construction of Menopause as an Exclusively Female Condition". Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology, vol 18, issue 2, pp.137-145.

Women as test subjects

Lara Marks 1998. “Public spirited and enterprising volunteers: the Council of the Investigation of Fertility Control and the British clinical trials of the oral contraceptive pill, 1959-1973”. Paper presented at the Wellcome workhop June 1998

Nelly Oudshoorn 1994. “The transformation of sex hormones into the pill. In: N. Oudshoorn. Beyond the Natural Body. An Archaeology of Sex Hormones. London and New York: Routledge 1994, pp 112-138.

Reproductive technologies and masculine identities

Naomi Pfeffer 1985. “The hidden pathology of the male reproductive system. In Hilary Homans (ed) The Sexual Politics of Reproduction. Gower: Brookfield: pp 30-44.

Nelly Oudshoorn 2003. “Technologies of trust”. In N. Oudshoorn. The Male Pill. A Biography of a Technology in the Making. Durham: Duke University Press, pp 225-241.

The cultural appropriation of reproductive technologies

Sarah Franklin 1997. “Having to Try” and “Having to Choose”: How IVF “makes sense”. In Sarah Franklin. Embodied Progress. A Cultural Account of Assisted Conception. London and New York: Routledge, pp 168-227.

Merete Lie 2002. "Science as father? Sex and gender in the age of reproductive technologies" European Journal of Women's Studies 9(4):381-399.

Margaret Lock, 1998. Perfecting Society: Reproductive Technologies, Genetic Testing, and the Planned Family in Japan. In Lock, M. and Kaufert A., (eds) Pragmatic Women and Body Politics. Cambridge University Press 1998.

Rayna Rapp 1998. Refusing Prenatal Diagnosis: The meaning of bioscience in a multicultural world. Science, Technology & Human values, vo. 23, no.1: 45-70.

Thompson, C 2005. Making parents: the ontological choreography of reproductive technology. MIT Press, pp 1-63.

Feminist methods

Nina Lykke: "Feminist cultural studies of technoscience: portrait of an
implosion", in A. Smelik and N. Lykke: Bits of life. Feminist Studies of
Media, Biocultures and Technoscience". Washington UP, forthcoming 2007, (in press) 17 pp.

Maureen McNeil (forthcoming): "Roots and routes: the making of feminist cultural studies of technosciene" in A. Smelik and N. Lykke (eds) Bits of Life: feminist studies of medicine, bioculture and technoscience, Seattle: University of Washington Press (about 20 pp.).

Maureen McNeil (forthcoming) ‘Telling tales of reproduction and technoscience’ in M. McNeil, Feminist Cultural Studies of Science and Technology, Ch.6 (about 20 pp.)

(A reader will be sent out.)

Books (not included in the reader):

Haraway, D J 1997. Modest_Witness@Second_Millenium. Feminism and Technoscience. New York and London: Routledge (275p)

Thompson, C 2005. Making parents: the ontological choreography of reproductive technology. MIT Press, pp 1-63.

24 applicants, 22 participants: Bulgaria 1, China 1 (funded by NTNU), Denmark 5 (1 self-paying), Finland 3, Lithuania 1, Norway 1 (self-paying), Sweden 9 (1 self-paying), UK 1.

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