Special issue on feminist technoscience studies
Deadline: 31 July, 2009.
Prof. Nina Lykke, Linköping University, Associate editor
Dr. Cecilia Åsberg, Linköping University, Guest editor.
Feminist Technoscience Studies is a relentlessly transdisciplinary field of research which has emerged out of decades of feminist critiques of the ways in which gender in its intersection with other sociocultural power differentials and identity markers is entangled in the natural, medical and technical sciences as well as in the sociotechnical networks of a globalized world.
These critiques have evolved in close association with social constructivist readings of gender, intersectionalities, science and technology. But they have also transgressed social constructivism. This has been done in terms of posthuman or cyborg feminist understandings of the ways in which discoursive and material aspects of sociotechnical relations are intertwined, while cyberfeminists have developed analytical approaches, based on sexual difference theory.
Feminist technoscience studies have also been carried out from queerfeminist and feminist postcolonial perspectives as well as from the viewpoint of critical studies of men and masculinities. Many different kinds of technologies, sciences and popular science discussions have been scrutinized by researchers committed to Feminist Technoscience Studies - from new reprogenetics, reproductive and other medical technologies to new media, information and communication technologies (ICT), including different kinds of digital divides.
In line with the abundance of different approaches and different aspects of science and technology, which have emerged out of the field of feminist technoscience studies, the EJWS special issue will wellcome articles, written from many different kinds of perspectives and focusing on many varieties of technologies, science branches and popular science discussions.
The aim of the EJWS special issue is to assess state-of-the-art of the field, to discuss visions for its further development, and to create new synergies and dialogues between different branches of feminist technoscience scholars. Until now the area has, to a large extent, been divided into sub-fields along many different lines.
Gender constructivists within the field and sexual difference theorists have, for example, not interacted much, and nor have researchers interested in reproductive technologies, on the one hand, and media and ICTs, on the other. The EJWS special issue aims at transgressing such divisions. All contributions falling within these broad scopes are welcome.
Enquiries: Managing editor Hazel Johnstone