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  • From: Anne-Sophie Godfroy <anne-sophie.godfroy AT>
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  • Subject: [Athena] Symposium "Women and Gender studies - Where do we stand?" de 14 au 17 septembre 2011 à l'ENS - call for papers
  • Date: Mon, 11 Apr 2011 14:49:09 +0200
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Chers collègues,

Je vous adresse un appel à contribution pour le symposium "Women and Gender
studies - Where do we stand?" organisé par la commission "femmes et sciences"
de la DHST/IUHPS en septembre 2011 à Paris. La date limite pour l'envoi des
contributions est le 15 mai 2011.

Le texte de l'appel est reproduit ci-dessous et en document attaché.

Très cordialement,

Anne-Sophie Godfroy
Maître de conférences
Université Paris Est - Créteil
anne-sophie.godfroy AT

Commission on "Women in Science, Technology, and Medicine?"
Division of History of Science and Technology
of the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science (DHST/IUHPS)

International Symposium
Women and Gender Studies - Where Do We Stand?

September 14-17 2011

Call for Papers

First circular

Ecole Normale Supérieure
45 rue d?Ulm, 75005 Paris, France


Research on women in science has long been viewed as interchangeable with
studies on gender and science, while covering a wide range of disciplinary
fields such as natural, medical, and engineering sciences, as well as social
and human sciences. The aim of this biennial Symposium is to compare the
different methodological, historiographical, as well as sociopolitical
perspectives that have been developed so far; to unravel creative tensions
among the different perspectives; and to suggest innovative ways for better
understanding science, technology, and medicine through the gender

During the symposium we expect that historians of science, technology, and
medicine on the one hand, and scholars of gender in science and technology
studies scholars will exchange ideas on key issues related to gender and
women in science and technology. In addition, a special session will be
dedicated to the legacy of Mme Curie for women in science per the declaration
of 2011 as the International Year of Chemistry (IYC-2011) in honor of the
100th anniversary of Mme Curie?s 2nd Nobel Prize in chemistry (1911).

More specifically we wish to focus on the following topics:

Theme 1 ?Methodological, epistemological and historiographical issues in
women and gender science studies (including micro-history, cultural history,
and social history)

The focus here is on the different methods and historiographical approaches
that have been used in research on ?women in science? versus research on
?gender and science?. For example, what makes gender issues and women issues
different in history of science? What methodologies could be transferred from
history of science to gender studies? What methodologies could be transferred
from gender studies to history of science? For example, this issue was raised
as an emerging and divisive dichotomy by Women, Gender, and Science, (Osiris
12, 1997), while Creative Couples in the Sciences (Rutgers University Press,
1996) addressed such issues as methodologically complementary, rather than
signaling an emerging divide between historians and other practitioners of
science studies. We now seek to reassess where we stand now and how recent
works, often collective, (e.g. Gender and Genres: Lives of Women, 1700-2000,
Bologna, 2011) have advanced this argument. To sum up, we wish to reassess
what science studies on women and gender have contributed to the history of
science and what new issues have emerged in the last decade or so. Have women
and gender science studies transformed the history of science? Does the
history of science infuse gender studies with much needed lessons from the
past? How do we best incorporate the development of a new understanding of
science and technology with newer visions of gender as closely interrelated
areas of activity?

Theme 2 - The changing concept of gender in science and technology studies

We also wish to explore new nuances and new applications of the concept of
gender in studies of science, technology, and medicine as in Never Mind the
Gap! Gendering Science in Transgressive Encounters (Uppsala, 2010) or
Gendered Innovations in Science and Engineering (Stanford 2008). In France,
the topic has been explored in Sexe et genre. De la hiérarchie entre les
sexes (1991, reed. 2002) or Le sexe des sciences. Les Femmes en plus (1993).
How do we understand, construct and/or reconstruct femininity and masculinity
through our studies of science and technology? We thus welcome papers that
reconceptualize the concept of gender, taking into account our recent
knowledge from studies on the fe/male body in culture and medicine, as well
as studies of gender in/of technology. (e.g. Special Issue of the Journal of
Technology Management & Innovation on ?The Gender Dimension in Technology?,
vol. 5 (1) 2010)

Theme 3 ? The role of new sources

As scholars of women in science have demonstrated, traditional histories of
science with their focus on sources such as university archives, laboratory
records, and professional accounts of science made women invisible in the
history of the sciences. Here we wish to emphasize the importance of new,
previously under-utilized or innovative sources in making women visible..
Such sources may include both public records such as archives of women?s
organizations and colleges, and private ones, such as diaries, oral
histories, and auto/biographies.

Theme 4 - Interdisciplinary approaches on women scientists and gender studies
We also wish to encourage research on women and gender in science using an
interdisciplinary approach. The Symposium will provide opportunities to
exchange different experiences and contemplate diverse forms of collaborative

Theme 5 ? The legacy of Mme Curie at the Centennial of her (2nd) Nobel Prize:
Women?s contributions to radiochemistry, nuclear chemistry, and cancer

This theme is part of ICY-2011, the International year of Chemistry declared
in honor of the Centennial of Mme Curie?s Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Call for papers

The Programme Committee welcomes proposals for individual papers or sessions
from historians, science and technology studies scholars, women?s and gender
studies researchers. We encourage especially the submission of papers by
graduate students and independent scholars. Each participant is allowed to
submit only one paper. The committee will consider the submitted proposals
and respond by the end of May.

Proposals for individual papers must include:

- A one-page summary (maximum 250 words) outlining both the content and the
argument of the proposed paper;
- A short CV, including current postal and e-mail addresses.

All proposals should be sent via the email to paris.symposium2011 AT
until May 15, 2011. All information is also available on the website:

Travel grants

The Commission on "Women in science" of the IUHPS/DHST could support some
participants with a travel grant of up to 250 ? each to PhD students or early
career researchers (who will be within three years of completing their PhD?s
at the date of the conference) who are attending and presenting papers. Those
who wish to apply for a travel grant should send to Annette Vogt, President
of the Commission (vogt AT :
- A one-page summary (maximum 250 words) of the proposed paper;
- a brief CV;
- a short letter of recommendation.
The closing date for applications will be May 15, 2011.

Programme Committee

Pnina Abir-Am (Brandeis University, USA)
Dominique Fougeyrollas (CNRS-IRISSO, Université Paris Dauphine)
Anne-Sophie Godfroy (University of Paris-Est-Créteil and Ecole Normale
Supérieure de Cachan)
Annette Lykknes (Trondheim Norwegian University of Science and Technology)
Maria Rentetzi (National Technical University of Athens)
Annette Vogt (Max Planck Institute, Berlin)

The Place

The Ecole Normale Supérieure is located in the Latin Quarter in Paris. The
ENS is at once a grande école, due to its selective recruitment process, and
a research university. As a central actor in the training of French elites
for more than two centuries, it has nourished the majority of the great
intellectual movements of the 20th century and has considerably widened the
scope of French scientific influence. The impressive achievements made
possible through the training it dispenses, distinguish the École normale
supérieure from all other French establishments of higher learning. Former
students include all eight French winners of the Fields Medal, twelve Nobel
Prize winners and half of the recipients the CNRS Gold Medal. The success of
ENS alumni results from the quality of its research-based training, which
includes individual tutorials and personalized attention for the full four
years of study. This ?training-by-research? model is the hallmark of the
École normale supérieure. It is the best preparation for innovation and
creativity. (More on the ENS website

The Venue

The Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris hosts the conference. There is one
seminar room. Beamers and computers will be available.
The building is located 45 rue d?Ulm, 75005 Paris; Métro/RER station:
Luxembourg, Bus station ?Feuillantines? (bus n°21 and 27).

Dates: 14-17 september 2011

Invited papers
Information on the invited papers will be given in the next circular.

English will be the language of the symposium. No interpretation will be

Fee for the International symposium
No fees.

The costs of the meals are not included. Participants can use the Ecole
Normale cafeteria (in the venue) and choose their meal themselves (prices
range from 5 to 10?) or have lunch and dinner in small restaurants around the
venue (many restaurants are located in the nearby Rue Mouffetard ? Price
range from 10 to 20?).

Paris offers a number of hotels at different price categories. It is possible
to find single rooms for less than 100 ?. Actual prices range from 59? to
200? depending on the number of stars and level of comfort. It is advisable
to book as soon as possible as moderate-price hotels are often overbooked and
Paris is a very touristic place.


Hotel des Grandes Ecoles (***)
75, rue du Cardinal Lemoine, 75005 Paris ? Tel: +33 1 43 26 79 23
Close to the Ecole Normale (5 minutes), metro Cardinal-Lemoine. Very nice
garden, book very early to get a chance to have a room.

Hotel des 3 Colleges (***)
16 Rue Cujas, 75005 Paris (Place de la Sorbonne is round the corner).
Tel: +33 1 43 54 67 30
resa AT,
Very close to RER Luxembourg, direct train to the Airports and to the Gare du
Nord, 5-10 min by foot to the venue. Direct public buses n°21 and n°27 to the

Solar Hotel (**)
22 rue Boulard, 75014 Paris. Tel: +33 1 43 21 08 20
contact AT,
Modern low-cost ecological hotel close to the Rue Daguerre and
Denfert-Rochereau station. Very cheap for Paris, the small garden is very
pleasant. 5-10 minutes from Luxembourg Station, then 5 minutes by foot to the
venue, other option, 5 minutes by bike as free bicycles are provided for
guests. Direct train to the Airports and to the Gare du Nord. 59? for double
and single rooms including breakfast and wi-fi connection.

Hotel André Latin (***)
50 rue Gay-Lussac, 75005 Paris. Tel: +33 1 43 54 76 60
reservation AT,
Very close to the venue, rates are usually expansive, but there are sometimes
good bargains on the website with online booking.


Scholars who want to present a 20 minutes paper at the conference are invited
to submit by email a one-page abstract plus one-page CV before May 15, 2011.
The members of the International Programme Committee will referee all the
abstracts, and authors will be informed about acceptance or rejection before
June 15, 2011.

Deadline for registration: July 31, 2011

Attachment: Call_symposium v6.pdf
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