Feminist Science Studies

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color photo of Laura Mamo giving a Feminist Science Studies talk in Lane Hall
Dr. Laura Mamo (San Francisco State University) delivered a talk on HPV and the expanding sexual politics of cancer prevention in Lane Hall, 2014
Director(s): 
Sari M. van Anders, Psychology; Women's Studies; Programs in Neuroscience, Reproductive Sciences, and Science, Technology & Society
Steering Committee : 
  • 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
  • Cat Saint Croix, Graduate Student, Philosophy
  • Filipa Melo Lopes, Graduate Student, Phillosophy
  • Shobita Parthasarathy, Public Policy
color photo of Laura Mamo giving a Feminist Science Studies talk in Lane Hall
Dr. Laura Mamo (San Francisco State University) delivered a talk on HPV and the expanding sexual politics of cancer prevention in Lane Hall, 2014

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.