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Fall 2017-2018
HIS 519 / GSS 519 / HOS 519   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Topics in the History of Sex and Gender - Gender and Science

Erika L. Milam

The seminar begins by exploring classic scholarship centered on four historical periods, each posited as important moments in the origin of gendered science: medieval Christianity, the scientific revolution, the professionalization of scientists in the late-19th century, and 20th-century second-wave feminism. We then turn to a series of well-developed analytical tools employed by historians of science and gender, and finally to recent scholarship. In all cases, we will analyze the imbricated processes by which science as a social enterprise has been fundamentally gendered and the implicit gendering of the sciences of sex and sexuality.

Sample reading list:
Katherine Park, Secrets of Women
Sarah Richardson, Sex Itself: The Search for Male & Female in the Human Genome
N. Katherine Hayles, How We Became Posthuman
Christopher Lawrence and Steven Shapin, eds., Science Incarnate: Historical Embodiments Natural Knowledge
David Arnold, Colonizing the Body
Sarah Franklin, Dolly Mixtures: The Remaking of Genealogy
See instructor for complete list

Requirements/Grading:
Papers - 70%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Other Requirements:
Open to Graduate Students Only.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20431 S01 9:00 am - 11:50 am T   Dickinson Hall   211   Enrolled:13 Limit:12 Closed