Gender Studies of Science

Gender Studies of Science

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Jaques-Louis David, Monsieur Lavoisier and his Wife (1788). Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (detail).

Research on the history of women and gender in science, technology, and medicine has expanded considerably in recent years. The diversity and creativity of approaches in this field encourages Department II to support individual projects employing the category of gender to historicize the production of scientific knowledge. Our particular interest is the creation of knowledge beyond those realms traditionally associated with scientific endeavor, such as laboratories, universities, and state-sponsored research institutes. In addition, we focus on how tools, objects, and practices have shaped femininities, masculinities, and working cultures in the history of knowledge.