A Sight/Site for Transparency or Opacity? Notes on Knowledge Production and Feminist Technoscience

Document type: Licentiates
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Author(s): Rebecka Molin
Title: A Sight/Site for Transparency or Opacity? Notes on Knowledge Production and Feminist Technoscience
Series: Blekinge Institute of Technology Licentiate Dissertion Series
Year: 2011
Issue: 01
ISBN: 978-91-7295-199-0
ISSN: 1650-2140
Publisher: Blekinge Institute of Technology
City: Karlskrona
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
Authors e-mail: rebecka.molin@bth.se
Language: English
Abstract: The objective for my research has been to put forward and discuss some aspects of knowledge production in relation to the epistemological positions of feminist technoscience, which lay emphasis on the contextual and the social embeddedness of both research and technology. My main inquiry has been how the relation between the subject and the surrounding context can be perceived epistemologically and how this in turn can be connected to and found relevant to the supposed new mode of knowledge production termed Mode 2.
The licentiate thesis is built on three essays which together form my main arguments around the epistemological questions of if and how it is possible to gain and attain knowledge, and how its value might be ascertained. In the three essays I have attempted to illustrate some aspects of and possible hindrances to understanding and knowledge, while addressing what a feminist technoscience epistemology could signify for knowledge production.
My intention in these three essays has also been to emphasize the ideological foundation of epistemological understandings, its implications both on what is viewed and valued as knowledge, and on what purpose knowledge production and research should have for and in society. In relation to these discussions I have tried to underline how feminist technoscience, as a research field, should be open to ongoing discussions about its own methodological, epistemological and ideological stances and its effects on research and society.
Keywords: epistemology, knowledge production, feminist technoscience, situated knowledges, Mode 2, meaninglessness, transparency, opacity, function, representation
URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-00486