Gender and the cosmopolitan character of science

It is indubitable that local cultures played an important role in the development of science. Exchange of knowledge and expertise among scientists of several countries stand on the top of their agenda. This session investigates the historical process that gave rise to the spread of practices, skills, and knowledge, as well as the exchange of instruments and materials among different local scientific cultures. The session wants to confront the tension between the local and the global focusing on the gender dimension of cosmopolitanism in science. How might the rubric of cosmopolitanism help reformulate our understanding of gender differences in science, technology and medicine?

Through comparative and contextual approaches we want to examine the process of cosmopolitanism in science from a gender perspective. We aim to bring together case studies ranging from the seventeenth to twentieth centuries that examine
- the development of local cultures in science and the role gender played in this process
- the scientific personae, both female and male, and the ways that it has been constructed either as a cosmopolitan or a provincial character
- traveling as a process of becoming cosmopolitan in science and how this affected differently women’s and men’s opportunities from scientific work
- gender differences in the methods of knowledge exchange

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Proposed by the Commision on Women in Science and Gender Studies (Women's Commission) of the DHST/IUHPS

Annette B. Vogt
President of the Women's Commission of the DHST/IUHPS

Maria Rentetzi
Anne-Sophie Godfroy
Members of the Board of the Women's Commission of the DHST/IUHPS
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