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University of Toronto Scarborough
Women's and Gender Studies
Jin Park

2012-09-12 WSTC21H3 F/ IEEC31H3 F Lecture 1 • The whole scientific regime is based on facts and no room for negotiation Video: Forgiving Dr. Mengele; film by Bon Hercules and Cheri Pugh • Dr. Mengele was interested in researching about human genetics particularly twins and during the second world war; Dr. Mengele used prisoners in Nazi concentration camps as “guinea pigs” in his twin and genetic experiment • The “atomic bomb” experiments by the Allied Forces during WWII and during the 1960s and 1970s o Scholars during the 60s and 70s tried to understand the true meaning of science and try to understand origins and attack the assumption that science and technological advancement creates progress  How feminist scholars started to think of science in feminist terms; specifically placing gender in science as an analytical category • Historical and cultural approaches (through a feminist perspective) • Western societies vs. non-western, social and cultural settings o How “Fathers of Science” perceived science  The dualism (mind-body)= rational vs. emotional  Development of non-western science • How do current media reproduce, reconstruct, create or reconceptualize gender and science? • The West as the originator of modern science vs. the East, a passive recipient of western science and civilization • Part 1: gender, science, & technology in Western Worlds (European understanding of science) o Why are Central and South Americas excluded from the definition of the Western worlds and subsequently science?  Scientific representations of gender difference
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