1136 Lane Hall
204 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, MI
Feminist Science Studies
Director: Sari M. van Anders, Psychology; Women's Studies; Programs in Neuroscience, Reproductive Sciences, and Science, Technology & Society.
- Elizabeth Anderson, Philosophy, Women's Studies
- Anna Kirkland, Women's Studies, Political Science
- Sara McClelland, Women's Studies, Psychology
- Elizabeth F.S. Roberts, Anthropology
- Laura Ruetsche, Philosophy
- Alexandra Minna Stern, Obstetrics & Gynecology, History, American Culture
- Robin Zheng, Graduate Student, Philosophy
Why does prenatal dexamethasone treatment focus more on fetal sex than fetal or maternal health? How does the language of 'invasive species' mirror xenophobic barrier policing against certain kinds of peoples? What does the genital-genital rubbing of non-human primates tell us about queer sexualities? If science and culture co-constitute each other, can there be one universal secular science? Our Feminist Science Studies program brings together diverse speakers to discuss feminist critiques of science, feminist deconstructions of science, and feminist constructions of science and scientific knowledge. We bring in individual speakers to talk about big ideas in feminist science studies, from Helen Longino to Sandra Harding to Kim TallBear. We also do 'mash-ups', bringing together scholars from disparate, sometimes orthogonal, locations on campus, like Paul Vasey (animal behavior) and Jennifer Terry (queer theory). Feminist science studies provides a unique space on campus for the intersection of ideas from feminism with science, and for creating new languages and provocative bridges between porous disciplines.
FALL 2014 FEMINIST SCIENCE SERIES
Department of Health Education, Health Equity Insitute, San Francisco State University
HPV and the Expanding Sexual Politics of Cancer PreventionClick for more information.
Monday, October 27, 2014
2239 Lane Hall
This talk examines gender and sexual politics shaping contemporary contours of cancer prevention in light of scientific knowledge that infection with the human papillomavirus, HPV, is causally connected with multiple cancers including up to 90% of cervical cancers in women. Knowledge of sexual transmission at once directs scientific attention “inward” to the molecular level of the viral causal agent and “outward” to the worlds of sexual practices, cultures, and identities that may be causally linked to the risk of transmission. This talk examines this new way of apprehending cancer by foregrounding gender and sexual politics found in HPV vaccination, anal cancer research, and depictions of what some regard as a rising throat cancer epidemic. The talk is based on preliminary findings from ethnographic research with scientists, health practitioners, and publics around these emergent epistemologies and practices of cancer prevention.
Laura Mamo received her PhD in sociology from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in 2002. She is currently Health Equity Associate Professor of Health Education at San Francisco State University. Her teaching and research interests are in feminist science studies with a focus on women’s health, LGBT health, and sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice. She is the author of Queering Reproduction: Achieving Pregnancy in the Age of Technoscience (Duke University Press, 2007) and Co-editor of Biomedicalization: Technoscience, Health, and Illness in the U.S. (Duke University Press, 2010).
Presented by IRWG's Feminist Science Studies program and cosponsored by the Reproductive Justice program.
WINTER 2014 FEMINIST SCIENCE SERIES
Helen LonginoClick for more information.
Professor of Philosophy, Stanford University
Sex, Race, and Sciences of Human Behavior
Friday, April 11, 2014
Michigan Union Anderson Room
This talk examines how the conceptualization of certain behaviors (sexuality; aggression) in preparation for their scientific examination incorporates and/or reinforces social ideologies of sex and race.
Helen Longino received her PhD from the Johns Hopkins University in 1973. Her teaching and research interests are in philosophy of science, social epistemology, and feminist philosophy. Longino is the author of Science As Social Knowledge (Princeton University Press, 1990), The Fate of Knowledge (Princeton University Press, 2001) and Studying Human Behavior, a study of the relationship between logical, epistemological, and social aspects of behavioral research (University of Chicago Press, 2013).
FALL 2013 FEMINIST SCIENCE SERIES
Rayna RappClick for more information.
Professor of Anthropology, New York University
Banking on DNA Futures: Thinking About Non-Invasive Prenatal Tests in Comparative Contexts
Monday, September 30, 2013
2239 Lane Hall
Elizabeth F.S. Roberts (Anthropology) Alexandra Minna Stern (Obstetrics & Gynecology, History, American Culture) Audrey Norby (Fetal Diagnostic Center, U-M Hospital and Health Systems)
“Banking on DNA: Thinking About Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing in Comparative Contexts” begins with an overview of the “endless frontier” in reproductive technology. Technologies of fertility regulation and control now proliferate in the developing world, beyond the countries where they were first debuted: Europe, North America, Australia. Now, selective and expanding parts of the world –not just the rich populations stratified in the global North—occupy a long-term “existential gap” with regard to biomedical aspirations and fears, increasingly focused on infertile women, men, and fetuses. Prof. Rapp illustrates new iterations of the gap continually revised and expanded using the case of Non-Invasive Prenatal Tests, now making their way through the marketplace into the lives of America’s pregnant women.
What does it mean to launch yet-another technology that assumes total reproductive control over fetal disabilities can be achieved? This presentation highlights the hidden burdens and ethics of the rapid diffusion etched into the NIPTs.
WINTER 2013 FEMINIST SCIENCE SERIES
Associate Professor of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Director of Biology Outreach, Department of Biology, Indiana University, Bloomington
Professor of Biology, Indiana University, Bloomington Click for more information.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
2239 Lane Hall
- Nadine Naber, Associate Professor, Arab American Studies, American Culture, Women's Studies
- Jacinta Beehner, Assistant Professor, Anthropology, Psychology.
Joan FujimuraClick for more information.
Professor, Sociology & Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
The Concept of "Race" in the Age of Genomics
Friday, April 19, 2013
12:00 PM-1:30 PM
2239 Lane Hall
FALL 2012 FEMINIST SCIENCE SERIES
Psychology, University of Lethbridge
Women's Studies, University of California, Irvine
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
2239 Lane Hall
Sandra HardingClick for more information.
Education and Women's Studies, UCLA
Science and Secularism: Feminist Issues
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
4:00 PM-5:30 PM
Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery Room 100
Clinical Medical Humanities & Bioethics, Northwestern
Social Medicine, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
2239 Lane Hall
For more information, contact Prof. Sari M. van Anders.