Disputing Gender

Project description
This project analyzes socio-scientific debates on gender differences in public media. It inquires how scientists take part in regulating what may and may not be said about gender in public and how such debates relate to actual social inequalities.

The project has been completed successfully. Results were presented at a final symposium, which took place at the Sigmund Freud Private University in Vienna on April 15 and April 16 2016 and discussed innovative ways of relating science and the public like critical participatory action research, public deliberation, or teaching critical science literacy in high schools. This event brought together highly established experts in the fields of the history and theory of psychology from Austria, Great Britain, Canada, and the U.S. It was open to the public and drew the interest of professionals and students of psychology from Vienna and other cities in Austria to Cologne, Ljubljana, and Budapest.

Project management
Dr. Nora Ruck

Collaborative partners
York University Kanada

Current state

Start of project
May 2013

End of project
April 2016

Ruck, Nora (2016). Controversies on Evolutionism. On the construction of scientific boundaries in public and internal scientific controversies about evolutionary psychology and sociobiology. Theory and Psychology, 26(6), 1-16.