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P325


The work of gender: science, technology, medicine, and care work in East Asia 
Convenors:
Hsiu-Yun Wang (National Cheng Kung University)
Joel Stocker (National Cheng Kung University)
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Discussant:
Wen-Hua Kuo (National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University)
Format:
Traditional Open Panel

Short Abstract:

This panel explores professional sites of medical and scientific development and practice in East Asia where gender/technology relations have troubled boundaries. We focus on situated historical and contemporary cases of health care, scientific research technologies, and global assemblages.

Long Abstract:

Depending on the context, the politics of gender in science, technology and care work takes various forms. In certain fields, it’s the marginalization and exclusion of women by the masculinization of knowledge and practice that shapes the discipline; women’s work has been invisible or obscure at best. In others, it is the emphasis on women’s work and femininities that have helped establish the profession. In still others, differences in the social order of knowledge production sites may shape various gendered practices. This panel explores professional sites of medical and scientific development and practice in East Asia where gender/technology relations have troubled boundaries. We focus on situated historical and contemporary cases in which health care, scientific research technologies, and global assemblages have been bound up with and reconfigured or reinforced gender relations in the areas of nursing, social work, science labs, nuclear science, and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) within, and in circuits of exchange with, East Asia.

How might differences in the social order of science labs shape the various gendered practices in East Asian contexts? How might certain national or transnational agendas work with or against gender politics? This panel contributes to STS by bringing together cases of gender and technology, medicine, and care work from East Asia and by showing the various ways in which gender politics intertwine with knowledge production, discipline formation, and the boundary work of professions.

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