Quest Special Edition:

Proceedings of the Gender Research Forum @QUB


On the 25 October 2006 the Gender Research Forum held a workshop on the theme of ‘Thinking through Gender and Science.’ Papers were delivered by Academics and Postgraduates who were then invited to contribute written versions to this special edition of Quest. Some papers include Powerpoint slides used in the authors presentations. In cases where papers were in print or forthcoming we have endeavoured to give a reference. Thanks to all those who contributed papers.

Michael Reinsborough: Gender and the Politics of Technological Standardization.

Micheal Reinsborough completed an Ma in the Sociology of Technology at Lancaster University and is currently a PhD candidate in the History of Science & Politics of Technology Group within the School of Anthropology Department at QUB. You can contact him here.

Audra Mitchell: What are we Missing? The Scientific Method, Civil Society and the Public Participation of Women.

Audra Mitchell is a PhD candidate in the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy at QUB.

Katherine Kirk: Embodied Enlightenment: The Submissive Islamic Female Body in the Contemporary Dutch Enlightenment Project.

Katherine M. Kirk is a PhD Candidate at the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy, QUB. Her research concerns issues of citizenship and intergration in the Netherlands. 

Ruth McAreavey: Sabotage, Sexism and Science: Navigating Between Disciplines.

Dr McAreavey was awarded her PhD from The Centre of Rural Economy, University of Newcastle, England in 2005. Currently she is a Lecturer inenvironmental Planning at QUB. Her research interests include rural development and regeneration, community development, rural partnerships, voluntary sector funding, community involvement and participation and migration.

A paper containing topic discussed in her presentation is being published in the International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences (forthcoming).

Elaine Doyle: Mission , Science and Empire: the Qua Iboe Mission, 1885-1900.

Elaine Doyle is a PhD candidate at the School of History and Anthropology, Queen’s University Belfast. She is currently researching Irish missionary activity in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, with a particular interest in south-eastern Nigeria.

Sara Ramshaw: Monstrous Inventions: The Ethics and Trauma of Scientific Discovery.

Sara Ramshaw is in the final stages of her PhD (University of London) which concerns the regulation of Jazz Musicians in America (1940-1967). Her research interests are diverse but centre around Law, Poststructuralism, Feminism and Derrida. Following her call to the Bar of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2000 Sara worked as a Research Lawyer for the Superior Court of Justice, Ontario. She has been a member of the QUB law school for the past two years and teaches Jurisprudence, Contract Law and Family Law.

Iain Morland: Plastic Man: Gender, Genitals and Scientific Humanism. (Plenary presentation)

Dr Iain Morland currently teaches gender and sexuality studies in the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory at Cardiff University. He has published widely on the ethics, theory and psychology of intersexuality in journals such as Continuum, Textual Practice, and the Psychologist. His other research interests centre on narrative, poststructuralism and psychoanalysis, and he is also editor (with Annabelle Willox) of Queer Theory (Palgrave, 2005). His personal website can be found here.

A fuller exposition of the ideas contained in Iain Morland’s presentation can be found in: ‘Plastic Man: Intersex, Humanism and the Reimer Case’, in Neil Badmington (ed.), Posthuman Conditions, a special issue of Subject Matters 3:2/4:1 (forthcoming 2007).

Nathan Emmerich: Sex and the Social Epistemologist.

Nathan Emmerich is an M.Res student in the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy. He holds degrees in ‘Philosophy and the History and Philosophy of Science’ and ‘Healthcare Ethics’. His personal website can be found here.

Alex Plows: Women in the Frontline? Feminist Issues in Genetic and Reproductive Technologies.

Dr Alexandra Plows is a Research Associate at the ESRC Centre for the Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics (Cesagen), Cardiff University. A fuller version of her paper is freely available here (Ref: Boddington, P & Plows, A. 'Troubles with Biocitizenship?' Genomics, Society and Policy, 2006, Vol.2.No.3 pp.115-135). She is part of the the Emerging Politics of Human Genetic Technologies research project. A recent seminar statement on the sourcing of human eggs for biomedical research can be found here (.pdf)

Maria Lohan and Claire Coleman: Men Who Have Sex with Men and Partner Notification: Beyond Binary Dualisms of Gender and Healthcare.

Dr Maria Lohan is a lecturer in health sciences in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, QUB. Claire Coleman is a Phd student of the School of Nursing and Midwifery in Trinity College Dublin. The corresponding author is Maria Lohan. Their presentation is forthcoming as:

Lohan, M. and Coleman, C. (forthcoming) Men Who Have Sex With Men And Contact Tracing: Beyond Binary Dualisms Of Gender And Healthcare. In a Special Issue of Current Sociology: New Connections: Towards a Gender Inclusive Approach to Women's and Men's Health (Annandale, E. & Riska, E. (Eds)).

Tam Sanger: Medicalisation and Trans Subjectivities. Tam Sanger has recently completed her PhD research investigating transpeople's intimate partnerships and her viva is imminent.  She is currently a teaching assistant in Sociology and Gender Studies at QUB.

This special issue of Quest was edited by Nathan Emmerich.