(English) Lecture: “Objectivity and Diversity: New Proper Scientific Selfs”

Public Lecture by Prof. Dr. Sandra Harding (University of California)

Thursday, May 15th 2014 | 12.30-14.00

Sandra Harding Public Lecture May 15th 2014

For close to five decades social justice science movements have criticized the idea that only value-free scientific research can count as objective. They have criticized “Mr. Nowhere”, who supposedly can see everywhere in the world from no particular place in it. What is the new “proper scientific self” that could replace this “Mr. Nowhere”? This presentation will focus on three such new kinds of proper scientific selfs which have emerged in writings from feminisms and other social justice movements.

Sandra Harding is a Distinguished Professor of Education and Gender Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a philosopher and author of numerous books and special journal issues including Objectivity and Diversity (Forthcoming 2014), Sciences From Below: Feminisms, Postcolonialisms, and Modernities (2008), Science and Social Inequality: Feminist and Postcolonial Issues, (2006), Is Science Multicultural? Postcolonialisms, Feminisms, and Epistemologies (1998), Whose Science? Whose Knowledge: Thinking From Women’s Lives (1991) and The Science Question in Feminism (1986). Sandra Harding has lectured at over 300 colleges, universities, and conferences. In 2013 she was awarded the John Desmond Bernal Award by the Society for the Social Studies of Science for distinguished contributions to the field. Previous recipients include Thomas Kuhn, Robert Merton, Joseph Needham and Mary Douglas.


Thursday, May 15th 2014 | 12.30-14.00
Vrije Universiteit Brussel | Building B | Promotiezaal

More information

Prof. Dr. Gily Coene (gcoene@vub.ac.be)


Free of charge, but please register by sending a mail to: doctoral.schools@vub.ac.be.
Lunch included for VUB-personnel (Foyer) – please send a mail to: doctoral.schools@vub.ac.be

Co-sponsors: Doctoral Schools of Human Sciences (VUB), Dept. Philosophy and Moral Sciences (VUB),
Rhea – Research Centre for Gender and Diversity (VUB), Chair Casterman- Hamers (VUB).

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