International Workshop: "Gender Studies and Science: Problems, Tasks, Perspectives"

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Research on women in sciences and on gender and sciences have been conducted in different disciplines, like history, sociology, philosophy, psychology, mathematics, physics, technology, medicine etc. Crossing the different perspectives, exchanging on methodological issues, could renew women and gender studies and open new research fields. The aim of this workshop is to identify in a prospective way those new fields and to exchange our actual research results obtained through the cross-fertilization of different approaches. Three aspects are proposed:

Aspect 1 - Methodological issues in gender studies in history of sciences: from women studies to gender studies?
We will focus on methodologies in women and gender issues. What makes gender issues and women issues different in history of science? What methodologies could be transferred from gender studies to history of sciences? What methodologies could be transferred from history of sciences to gender studies?

Aspect 2 - The role of sources and the invisible woman.
New sources have often been the source of new research in history. In addition, as usual sources often make women invisible, the importance of innovative sources to make women visible is a key issue. Regarding history of women in science, we will focus on research using new types of sources to make women visible or possible sources already not exploited.

Aspect 3 - Interdisciplinary approaches on women scientists and gender studies respectively.
We would like to support recent research on women or gender in science using an interdisciplinary approach. The workshop will offer the possibility to exchange the different experiences and to design possible aims and collaborative work.


Saturday, April 2, 2011
11.00-11.30 Annette Vogt, Gianna Katsiampoura: Welcome, Introduction
11.30-12.15 Anne-Sophie Godfroy: Women in Science. Why usual assumptions should be questioned
12.15-13.00 Martina Schlünder, Laughable insights? How to take gender issues in history of medicine seriously
13.00-13.45 Olga Valkova, Women-scientists in the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union
Lunch Break
15.00-15.45 Maria Rentetzi, A gendered artifact: following the female hat from women's millinery workrooms to men's millinery industries in early 20th century Athens
15.45-16.30 Anna Chronaki, Cyborgs and Subalterns in School Technoscience: thoughts based on men and women’s narratives
Coffee Break
17.00-17.45 Gianna Katsiampoura, Gender studies in the Greek University
17.45-18.30 Tzveta Sofronieva, Inhabiting the Space "Between": Elisabetha Karamichailova’s work in the Radium Institute, in the Cavendish Laboratory and at the University of Sofia, 1930-1950
18.30-19.15 Annette Vogt, Women in science and mathematics - from the local study to the national, from the national study to international comparisons

Sunday, April 3, 2011
11.00-13.30 Round table discussion
Topic 1 - Methodological issues in gender studies in history of sciences: from women studies to gender studies? How we can better teach gender studies?
Topic 2 - The role of sources and the invisible woman
Topic 3 - Interdisciplinary approaches on women scientists and gender studies respectively

Chronaki Anna, University of Thessaly, Volos
Godfroy-Genin Ann-Sophie,STEF, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan, Paris
Katsiampoura Gianna, Institute for Neohellenic Studies, National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens
Rentetzi Maria, National Technical University of Athens, Athens
Schlüender Martina, Giessen University
Sofronieva Tzveta, MPIWG Berlin 2010-2011, Berlin
Valkova Olga, Institute for the History of Science and Technology of the RAcSci, Moscow
Vogt Annette B., Max-Planck-Institute for the History of Science, Berlin

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