Gender Research as Knowledge Resource in Technology and Engineering

Document type: Bookchapters
Peer reviewed: Yes
Author(s): Lena Trojer, Peter Okidi Lating
Title: Gender Research as Knowledge Resource in Technology and Engineering
Book: Conference and Workshop Reports (Tech)
Year: 2011
Pagination: 11-18
Editor: Jackson A. Mwakali, Henry M. Alinaitwe
ISBN: 978-9970-214-00-7
Publisher: Macmillan Uganda Ltd
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Planning and Media Design (Sektionen för planering och mediedesign)
School of Planning and Media Design S-371 79 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00
http://www.bth.se/dsn/
Authors e-mail: lena.trojer@bth.se
Language: English
Abstract: When bringing forward discussions of gender, we tend to go into a practice of counting heads i.e. how many women are present in which functions, especially in sectors of technology and engineering. Rarely is gender issues seen as knowledge and technology generating. In the paper two cases are introduced, one from Uganda and one from Sweden, in order to illustrate what kind of value addition certain academic activities can have starting in gender related issue. The value addition in more concrete terms includes substantial contribution to an ICT/GIS Centre in Arua district in Uganda as well as a new university campus at a technical university in Sweden. Epistemological comments are presented on technoscientific gender research fostering and trying to advance our understanding of knowledge production in technology and engineering.
Subject: Technoscience Studies\Feminist Technoscience
Technoscience Studies\ICT for Development
Keywords: gender research, engineering, technology, knowledge processes, technoscience, mode 2, triple helix, situated knowledges, reality production
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