Feminism and the Biological Sciences: New Directions

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Participants : 
  • Kristen Springer, Associate Professor of Sociology, Rutgers University
  • Stacey A. Ritz, Associate Professor, Department of Pathology & Molecular Medicine, McMaster University    
  • Sarah Richardson, Professor of the History of Science and of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Harvard University    


Event Date: 
September 25, 2017
Event Time: 
12:30pm to 4:00pm
Rackham Assembly Hall (4th Floor), 915 E Washington St, Ann Arbor
Event Accessibility : 
A ramp, leading to power doors, is located to the left of the stairs at the South (main) entrance. After entering through the power doors, go through the double doors where the East and West elevators are on the left and right sides of the lobby. The Assembly Hall is centrally located on the fourth floor and is wheelchair accessible. A gender neutral restroom is located on the third floor in the East wing of the building.
color rendering of a cell with text "Feminism and the Biological Sciences: New Directions"

Feminist scholars have called for engagements with the biological sciences, but what would this look like? And, can biological research so easily incorporate feminist strategies? This symposium explores the intersections of feminist and biological and biomedical research, focusing on sex and gender within neuroscience, epigenetics, immunology, and epidemiology.

Presented by IRWG's Feminist Science Studies program.


12:30* (sharp) - 1:30 pm: Kristen Springer: “Stress and Strain: Using Experimental Methods to Understand Physiological Mechanisms Linking Masculinity Ideals to Men's Health”

1:30 - 2:20 pm: Stacey A. Ritz: "The Odd Couple: Grappling with Sex/Gender Considerations in Experimental Biomedical Research”

2:30-3:20 pm: Sarah Richardson: “Can a Cell Have a Sex? Biological & Social Ontologies of Sex”

3:30 - 4:00 pm: Moderated Roundtable Discussion with Sari van Anders, Associate Professor of Psychology, Women’s Studies, Neuroscience, Reproductive Sciences, Science, Technology, and Society, and Biosocial Methods, University of Michigan.

4:00 pm: Reception

*Please note that we will begin promptly at 12:30pm -- no "Michigan time."

Co-Sponsors: Science, Technology, and Society Program; Neuroscience Graduate Program; American Medical Women’s Association; Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health; Department of Sociology