The Gender Academy Stockholm University, Autumn schedule 2018

October 18 at 12-13 Lecture and coffee/tea combined. P224 the NPQ house, Svante Arrhenius väg 20 A, followed by discussion/mingle 13-13:30.

Gendered assumptions when studying evolutionary biology – a discussion

Paula Vasconcelos & Ingrid Ahnesjö, Department of Ecology and Genetics, Uppsala University.

In evolutionary biology, we often study animals, males and females, and provide evolutionary explanations to differences as well as similarities between the sexes. Evolution is an ongoing process and environmental influences, phenotypic plasticity and epigenetic effects are prominent. Thus, we would expect diverse outcomes of selective processes and gene-environment interactions. However, we must ask ourselves: as scientists, do assumptions about gender in our society and culture influence our scientific approaches? Are there examples of gendered assumptions at work in recent evolutionary biology research? If so, what does it look like? Do these views on gender emanate from what are well known patterns of male and female traits, or do our preconceived notions of gender roles feed into our interpretations of these patterns? We think there is a strong need to discuss sex-specific predictions and assumptions, with an aim to embrace natural diversity rather than following, without critical reflection, status-quo views on sex and gender.

November 22 at 12-13 Lecture and coffee/tea combined. P224 the NPQ house, Svante Arrhenius väg 20 A, followed by discussion/mingle 13-13:30.

Doing gender and its consequences in academic contexts

Anneli Häyrén, Centre for Gender Research, Uppsala University.

The fact that individuals are defined into two gender positions, and constructed as stereotypes accordingly to the positions, have several consequences. The purpose of the Swedish discrimination law is to prevent this to happen and to eliminate consequences once discrimination occurs. However, the constructions of gender works beyond rules and regulations and forms a fundament for doing inequality. Various contexts face various effects and this seminar focuses on the effects in Swedish academic contexts, specifically regarding salary, recruitment and harassment.

Gillian Einstein, Linköping University/University of Toronto

Date and title to be announced.

Organiser: Malin.Ah-King@gender.su.se