Feminist Science Studies (FSS) is a growing international field of study. Students curious about feminist studies access and marginalization in STEM disciplines, and questions about scientific knowledge-making will find this course of interest.
Drawing from multiple disciplines (e.g., feminist studies, philosophy, sociology, education, and anthropology to name a few), this course will explore the social, political, and cultural dynamics of scientific inquiry. We will ask, and attempt to answer, such questions as:
What does scientific inquiry make un/intelligible?
How does scientific inquiry shape conceptions of sex, gender, race, and knowledge?
What can we learn from the stories, voices, and traditions of those marginalized within (and by) the field science?
How do feminist modes of inquiry render new modes of thinking, knowing, and being “scientific” possible?
What is at stake in such taken-for-granted binaries as (a) objectivity/subjectivity; (b) sex/gender; and (d) true/false?
In the course of the semester, students will be invited to reflect on, develop, and enact their own feminist interventions into the field of science.