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Science is about the production, advancement, criticism, and reflection of knowledge. From a gender and diversity perspective, it is necessary to ask whose knowledge is regarded as relevant in science and how this subsequently determines scientific and technological discourses. In addition, science makes statements about people and human capabilities and is thus also involved in the production of knowledge about gender and other social categories. Seemingly stable knowledge about gender characteristics and values can be found in the history of many disciplines. However, this knowledge often proves to be a norm which is produced rather than the actual experience of many.

Questions relating to Project Definition

  • What kinds of and whose knowledge will we use for our research and development? (e.g., common knowledge, the knowledge of the target group, scientific knowledge
  • How can we acquire knowledge about the application area? Could we broaden our repertoire of methods, e.g. by ethnographic observation and analyses, interviews and focus groups with users?
  • Are there findings in disciplines like Gender Studies , Black Feminism, Critical Race Studies, Disability Studies, Health and Nursing Sciences that might inspire our research?