Feminist Science and Activism
Time: Mondays 7pm-9:40pm PST
Class Location: Online
Professor: Dr. Amanda Beardsley
In this course, we will consider the concepts of public engagement, citizen science, public participation, and science literacy through the lens of feminism. Though we will explore popular areas of Science and Technology Studies (STS) – including epidemiology, the environment, sex, gender, and technology – our primary focus will be on how activism has worked to complicate, revise, and expand these areas. We will ask questions such as: What role to institutions play in crafting knowledge and how has activism intervened? How have AIDS activism and the environmental justice movement opened new spaces for public engagement and public participation in science? How can we learn and share skills in critical science literacy to debunk the science of sex differences? If technology plays a significant role in mediating the body and defining identity, how might we change this to include all bodies? Through these examples, we will analyze the potential and challenges for creating a more just world through challenging and democratizing science and technology.
BIO: Amanda Beardsley received her PhD in Art History at Binghamton University in 2019. Her dissertation, titled “Celestial Mechanics: Technologies of Salvation in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” composes a media history of the Latter-day Saint religion and investigates the relationship between aural technologies, sonic experience, feminism, and faith. She has taught at Brooklyn College, Binghamton University, the University of Utah, and Utah State University, and has published articles in Technology and Culture and Nineteenth Century Studies.