APSE Talk: Aleksandra Derra


On behalf of the APSE Group (Applied Philosophy of Science and Epistemology),  We cordially invite you to the following talk by

Aleksandra Derra

(Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland),
which will happen ONLINE on December 14th, 2023 from 15:00 - 17:00.

Title: Another Science is Possible. The Role of Feminist Theory in Building  Socially Responsible Scientific Knowledge

Londa Schiebinger, in her book entitled ‘Has Feminism Changed  Science’ (2001), has shown how the growing number of female scientists gradually transformed specific fields of science. Following her reasoning, I want to point out how feminist theories influence the way we think about science in the philosophy of science and science and technology studies today, and additionally indicate how the critical feminist approach affects the priorities, methodologies, and aims of the particular fields of knowledge.

In the first step, following Janet Kourany, I will explain what a  socially responsible philosophy of science is. Then I will show what it means to adopt a feminist perspective in science and to include a gender perspective in research. Then, I will present research results that indicate that science as an institution is entangled in broader cultural processes that perpetuate stereotypes (e.g. Draw a Scientist experiment, visualization of a female scientist, the role of material culture). Finally, I will present two examples of building complementary, socially responsible scientific knowledge, enriched  with a critical feminist perspective: neurofeminism and data feminism.