NIAS Thesis Proposal Presentation: "Scientific, Technological, and Gendered relations: An ethnographic study of women- scientists, engineers & factory workers" by Ms. Cheshta Arora, Conference Hall II, NIAS, 1030hrs

National Institute of Advanced Studies

Indian Institute of Science Campus



Thesis  Proposal  Presentation


Title: Scientific, Technological, and Gendered relations: An ethnographic study of women- scientists, engineers & factory workers


Date: Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Speaker: Ms. Cheshta Arora

Time:  10:30 am

Venue:  Conference Hall II, NIAS



In order to promote women in Science, the Indian government has indulged in initiatives such as declaring 2001 as Women’s Empowerment Year, organizing the exhibition Leelavati (2002) to celebrate life stories of Indian women in science, and constituting a committee  (2002) and national task force (2010) to examine retention and access. Within academia as well, feminists and gender studies scholars have emphasized upon the problem of retention, societal discrimination, politics of representation, organization structure, work conditions, etc to address the lacking presence of women in science. This scholarship aligns itself largely with 'women in STEM' discourse in the West.  The dominant trend in this scholarship, however, is to take ‘women’ and ‘science’ as given, apriori categories.  Parallel to this scholarship, there has been an emergence of feminist (techno) science studies in the West which theorizes the relation between science, gender and technology in more relational terms and looks at the co-production of science, gender, and technology in different settings instead of assuming them to be already given categories. Within India, Feminist Science Studies Vol1 &2,(2015 &2017)  is a recent attempt that tries to navigate between the two scholarships and helps open up the field of Feminist Science Studies in India.

Located at an intersection of Science and Technology Study (STS), Feminist Techno-Science Studies (FTS) and Women/Gender Studies and proposing a different approach than that of ‘women in science’ scholarship, the research aims to map, study and comprehend different modes of relating- gendered, scientific and technological- to understand how science, gender and technology come to be in everyday negotiations within different settings. I propose to do a multi-sited ethnography of the following three different field sites- ISRO, TCS in Bangalore, and one electronic manufacturing unit in Sriperumbudur for the same.

All are invited to attend

Tuesday, January 23, 2018