Building on scholarship in feminist philosophy and social studies of science, the project will examine the role of gender in the production of knowledge contexts and cultures in an East-West perspective in two scientific fields (sociology and biology). While critiques of science and situated conceptions of knowledge have been developed in western Euro-American contexts, traditional assumptions of knowledge production were largely unexamined in the former state-socialist countries. The absence of local examinations of knowledge contexts currently jeopardises effective implementation of gender equality in the ERA.
A summary report will give account of national practices and the role of gender in knowledge contexts, identify potential differences due to historical divergences in Eastern and Western Europe, and make recommendations for the promotion of gender equality and the engagement of young people in science. Findings will be disseminated at national and EU levels to influence science policies and to encourage the establishment of feminist science studies.
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The goal of the book is to contribute to current debates of the research and development transformation in the Czech Republic based on qualitative research and theoretical and conceptual approaches in STS and gender studies. The book offers a sociological reflection of the transformations of everyday research practices, career paths, science policies and their effects, usage and reshaping in research institutions in social and natural sciences.
Ulrike Felt is professor of social studies of science since 1999 and head of Vienna STS department. After having finished her PhD in theoretical physics at the University of Vienna in 1983, she worked for nearly five years in an interdisciplinary research team of science historians at the European Center for High Energy Physics (CERN) in Geneva studying social, political and scientific aspects in the foundation period of this first big European research institution.
The chapter maps key modes of orderings and boundaries in current scientific practice in life sciences and social sciences, namely epistemic geography, disciplinarity, excellence, the relation between basic and applied research, modes of orderings within academic institutions, and the relations between science and society.
Chapter is concerned with times and timings at work in epistemic life-spaces. We divide our attention between trajectories and everyday time. The notion of trajectories draws attention to narrated time – the stories that collective and individual actors tell themselves about their linear movements through time, involving the ongoing production and reproduction of pasts, presents and futures.