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Visiting Professor: Academic Year 2017-18

The Diane Middlebrook and Carl Djerassi Visiting Professor: 2017-18

Professor Sandra Harding

Professor Sandra Harding is the Diane Middlebrook and Carl Djerassi Visiting Professor for the Michaelmas Term 2017. 

Sandra Harding is a Distinguished Research Professor of Education and Gender Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a philosopher. She taught for two decades at the University of Delaware before moving to UCLA in 1996. She directed the UCLA Center for the Study of Women 1996-2000, and co-edited the journal Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 2000-2005. She was also a Distinguished Affiliate Professor of Philosophy at Michigan State University 2010-2014. In 2013 she was awarded the John Desmond Bernal Award by the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S) for distinguished contributions to the field. She is the author or editor of seventeen books and special journal issues including…

Objectivity and Diversity: Another Logic of Scientific Research 2015

The Postcolonial Science and Technology Studies Reader. Edited. 2011

Sciences From Below: Feminisms, Postcolonialisms, and Modernities  2008.

Science and Social Inequality: Feminist and Postcolonial Issues. 2006.

The Feminist Standpoint Theory Reader.  Edited. 2004.

Science and Other Cultures: co-edited with Robert Figueroa. 2003.

Decentering the Center: Philosophies for a Multicultural, Postcolonial and Feminist World, co-edited with Uma Narayan. 2000.

Is Science Multicultural? Postcolonialisms, Feminisms, and Epistemologies. 1998.

The ‘Racial’ Economy of Science: Toward a Democratic Future. Edited. 1993.

Whose Science? Whose Knowledge: Thinking From Women’s Lives. 1991.

Feminism and Methodology: Social Science Issues. Edited. 1987

The Science Question in Feminism. 1986.

Discovering Reality: Feminist Perspectives on Epistemology, Metaphysics, Methodology, and Philosophy of Science.  Co-edited with Merrill Hintikka. 1983.  Second edition 2003.

Professor Harding has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Amsterdam, the University of Costa Rica, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, and the Asian Institute of Technology. She has also been a consultant to several United Nations organizations including the Pan American Health Organization, UNESCO, the U.N. Development Fund for Women, and the U.N. Commission on Science and Technology for Development.

While in residence at the University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies, Sandra Harding will undertake work on research for her new book, which will focus on what Northern feminist science and technology studies can learn from theory created in and from women's lives in the South, such as Latin America.

Professor Harding's Visiting Professorship Lecture, Feminist Philosophy of Science and Technology: Thinking from Latin America, will be held at The Main Lecture Theatre, Divinity School, St. John's College, University of Cambridge on Tuesday 10 October 2017. The lecture will outline the standpoint methodology and its standards for 'strong objectivity' articulated in feminist philosophy and sociology of science, in particular the strain of this new methodology that has emerged from Latin American anti-colonial projects. Feminist work within this field focuses on the centrality of problematic historical gender and sex relations to the legitimacy of modernity and its philosophies of science.