Call for Papers: His-GenderGap – International Summer School on Gender and Science

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Call for Papers

International Summer School on Gender and Science


According to the 2021 edition of the European Commission’s She Figures report––the main source of pan-European, comparable statistics on the state of gender equality in research and innovation––there has been considerable progress in gender parity with regard to doctoral graduates in STEM subjects. However, there is still a clear gender gap in the majority of EU countries when it comes to professionals in the sciences, engineering, and information/communication technologies. Despite the persistent efforts of individual universities, university alliances, and the gender policies of the EU, gender equality is not yet fulfilled. His-GenderGap, an International Summer School on Gender and Science, aims to place these efforts in a historical context and create a formative space for early career scholars to exchange their academic work in progress.


When?  May 29 – June 2, 2023

Where?  Universidad de Granada, Spain

Who?  Up to 20 early-career scholars (PhD candidates or Postdocs) in gender science studies, science and technology studies, history of science/technology/medicine or any related fields

What is covered?  Allowance for travelling to/from Granada (max. € 425) and pre-booked accommodation at the University of Granada guest residencefor five nights

Who is organizing it? His-GenderGap is organized by

Prof. Dr. Maria Rentetzi, Chair of Science, Technology and Gender Studies, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU),

Prof. María Jesus Santesmases, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC, Departamento de Ciencia, Tecnología y Sociedad), and

Dr. Ágata Ignaciuk, University of Granada (Department of Pathological Anatomy and the History of Science & Women’s and Gender Studies Institute)

Who is funding it?  Funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Who is supporting it?  Supported by the

European Engineering Learning Innovation and Science Alliance (EELISA)

University of Granada (Postgraduate School; the Women’s and Gender Studies Institute; Department of the History of Science)


Commission on Women and Gender Studies in History of Science, Technology and Medicine of the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IUHPST/DHST)


Deadline: January 30, 2023. Please include the following in your application: cover letter, short CV with publications, extended abstract (1,500 to 2,000 words) that directly addresses one of the four themes of the summer school (see below). If successful, you will be formally invited to the summer school (by February 28) and asked to submit a more developed research essay (by March 31) that will be discussed and presented during the summer school. Consider this as one of your dissertation chapters or a draft of a paper you plan to publish. Our aim is to help advanced graduate students or early career scholars to develop their research and, if possible, publish a paper in an academic journal. For any questions do not hesitate to ask Prof. Maria Rentetzi Non-Europeans are especially encouraged to apply although funding is limited. This is not a call only for women.

In your cover letter, please indicate which of these four thematic sections your project may best be located in:

  1. Debating New Approaches to Gender in Science and Technology Studies
  2. Objects, Materiality, and the Female Body in the Sciences
  3. Research Spaces Revisited
  4. Gender and Engineering: Precedents and Perspectives

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