European science policy turned its attention to gender equality at the end of the 20th century, influencing to a smaller or greater extent three Framework Programmes supporting European research and technological development (the fifth, sixth and seventh). Gender equality is also an important component of the current negotiations of the next framework programme titled Horizon 2002 for the period 2013-2020. In this paper I analyse European policies of gender equality in science between 2008 and 2011. I ask what sort of gender equality can be enacted within the existing boundaries of political imaginary which places emphasis on the neoliberal values of growth, especially economic growth, European competitiveness, management of human resources, especially women, and scientific excellence. Building on Linková and Červinková (2011), I analyze gender equality in science as an object ‘women and science’ which is enacted in interactions of various actors. These actors employ various modes of matter-ing (Law 1994) when enacting their objects ‘women and science’ depending on the values, facts and power positions they hold. In my analyses I build on the methodologies of sciences studies, concretely John Law’s ‘modes of matter-ing’, and I analyse relevant documents of European science policies, including recommendations, communications, expert reports, green papers etc.
Linková, Marcela. 2011. „Genderová rovnost v evropské vědní politice: politická ekonomie strukturální změny.“ Aula: časopis pro vysokoškolskou a vědní politiku 19 (2): 8 - 22. ISSN 1210-6658. Dostupné z: http://www.csvs.cz/aula/clanky/2011-2-clanky-Linkova.pdf.