Gender Studies in MINT

Prof. Dr. Anelis Kaiser

Anelis Kaiser
Photo: Anelis Kaiser © by Patrick Seeger
Gender Studies in STEM
University of Freiburg
Department of Computer Science
Georges-Köhler-Allee 079
D- 79110 Freiburg

+49 761 - 203 54080

Email: anelis.kaiser@tf.uni-freiburg.de
Research Focus

The challenge that drives my research is the theoretical and methodological relation between gender studies and neuroscience and - within this framework - the analysis of difference. Under this thematic umbrella, my work follows three separate but interlocking lines of investigation. Firstly, I pursue the incorporation of gender studies-related epistemologies and methods into neuroscientific empiricism, particularly into the experimental implementation and operationalisation of measurable entities in the neurosciences. Since the interdisciplinary endeavor cannot exclusively end in criticising neuroscience and neurotechnologies, the second aim of my work is, analogically to the first, to integrate (neuro)science into gender studies. More precisely, I see a necessity in studying, understanding and applying methodological approaches and theories of science in order to build up a science-oriented field operating with natural scientific methods from within gender studies. Thirdly, since the simultaneous implementation of these two goals can question the very axioms and principles of both disciplines and result in conceptual dissension, I advocate continuous theoretical and science studies-oriented reflection on the practices of research inbetween the disciplines. I call the latter the study of theoretical intradisciplinarity. This threefold strategy imbues not only my research but also my teaching profile.
Lately, I have focused my research mainly on the question of methods: Which statistical methods (similarity index, latent class analysis, discriminant analysis?), which categorial cuts (between women and men, between other sex/gender and identity groups?), which intersectional approaches (context-related, multi-level analyses?) should be used in an innovative empirical sex/gender neuroscience if we want to explore sex/gender patterns in the human brain? And: how can novel developments in data-analysis techniques and computational neuroscience contribute to answer these questions?

Curriculum Vitae

Career and milestones

  • Since 04/2017 Professor for Gender Studies in MINT at the Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Engineering at the University of Freiburg

  • 2013 - 2016 Marie Heim-Voegtlin fellow (Title of project "Multi-Scale Battery of Femaleness and Maleness to Examine Language Processing and its Plasticity in Structure and Function of the Brain". Funder: Swiss National Foundation) at the Department of Social Psychology and Social Neuroscience, Institute of Psychology, University of Bern, Switzerland

  • 2012 Interim professor for Cognitive Science and Gender Research at the Center for Cognitive Science, University of Freiburg, Germany

  • 2010 - 2012 Visiting professor at the Institute of Pedagogical Psychology / Centre for Interdisciplinary Women's and Gender Studies, Technical University of Berlin, Germany

  • 2010 Initiation as co-founder of the international network NeuroGenderings: Critical Studies of the Sexed Brain

  • 2008 - 2009 Visiting scholar at the Centre for Gender Research, Uppsala University, Sweden (Cooperation with members of the GenNa programme)

  • 2007 - 2010 Researcher at (Project Gender and Science) at the Center for Gender Studies, University of Basel, Switzerland

  • 2005 - 2006 Visiting PhD student at BIOS (Multidisciplinary Research Centre in Bioscience, Biomedicine, Biotechnology and Society), London School of Economics and Political Science, London, England (Funder: Swiss National Science Foundation)

  • 2005 Researcher at the Institute of Informatics and Society, University of Freiburg, Germany

  • 2002 - 2005 Researcher at interdisciplinary research project The Multilingual Brain, Department of Neuroanatomy, Institute of Anatomy, University of Basel, Switzerland

  • 2002 - 2005 Graduate student in the Postgraduate Programme Science – Gender – Symbolic Order, University of Basel, Switzerland

Research Interests
  • Sex and Gender Differences in Neuroscience
  • Feminist Neuroscience
  • Gender and Language
  • Neurolinguistics and Gender (Studies)
  • Neurocognition of Language
  • Gender Theory & (Studies of) Science
  • Inter- and Transdisciplinarity between Science and Gender Studies
  • Multilingualism in the Brain