Call for Papers


The aim of this congress is to push the question about the epistemological function of the category “gender” further, in particular from the perspective of multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary research. Since the rupture epistemologique of the late 18th century science has fabricated tools for sexualizing the objects of the world, while modern anthropology and biology have contributed to the universalization of gender cosmologies and the ontologization of binary gender codes. While gender studies have challenged this binary construction, they have also had a share in the naturalization of gender by using it as an independent variable. In recent years, however, the critique of gender studies has contributed to a self-critical reflection about methodologies and presumptions underlying research activities in different fields (including gender studies themselves), questioning the notion of knowledge itself.

The conference is organized into four topic areas of particular interest:


1. Developments: The history and philosophy of sciences
Reflexive perspective on gendering science and disciplining gender: The historicity of both gender and natural and human sciences; historical developments in both areas of research; how did we arrive at methods and categories we take for granted today:
1.1 Distinct epistemic and cultural configurations
1.2 Emerging sciences de l’homme and the discursive construction of gender

1.3 Emerging natural sciences and the birth of objectivity

2. Profile: Research and researchers
Reflections on the issue of gender, knowledge and science(s) with regard to specific disciplines (in particular those present in the FBK and in Trentino, i.e. history, religious studies/theology/philosophy, information technology, material studies/physics, cognitive sciences, biology, geology); importance and consequences of ‘objectivity/subjectivity’, need to ‘produce’ and to ‘re-present’ knowledge; methodologies of gender classification and reinforcement of binaries (or not) through these disciplines; reflections on the “ideal researcher” and gender aspects in his/her construction with respect to those disciplines; presentation of particularly important/significant figures (pioneers, outsiders, mainstreamers etc.).
2.1 Disciplines and their respective “gender trouble”
2.2 Methodologies and reinforcement of gender categories
2.3 The persona of the “researcher”

3. Effects: Social, cultural and individual consequences
How do representations and visualisations of scientific results (e.g. brain scans, anatomic drawings, genetic codes, statistics etc.) contribute to social and cultural perceptions of gender, and influence the communal and individual experience of bodiliness? What are the consequences on the level of biopolitics and the organisation of culture and society?
3.1 Implications of visual representation of science with respect to bodily experiences and identity construction; cultural and social consequences
3.2. Effects of medical visualizing on every day self perception and normalization processes
3.3 Reproduction medicine and imageries of gender

4. Perspectives: Politics and organization of research
4.1 European policies: Financing, projects, guidelines
4.2 Methodological perspectives: inter-/transdisciplinarity
4.3 Biopolitics
4.4 Politics of employment, contracts, working conditions


We invite proposals for papers on any of the above topics. Abstracts of not more than 600 words should be sent by email to
For further information and updates of the program please consult our webpage: or send an email to by April 30, 2010. Please indicate the topic area your paper relates to. Authors of papers that have been accepted will be notified in July. Full versions of selected papers will be published after the conference. Conference languages are Italian and English.