Gendered Field Work Conditions, Epistemologies and Legacies

Event Dates
2020-03-29 - 2020-03-30
Online: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm AKDT, 1:00 - 5:00 pm EDT

The workshop takes place in the framework of IASC BUSINESS & COMMUNITIES MEETINGS (you need to register only for that option – see below). For online access to ZOOM on 30 March (17.00-21.00 GMT) go to

Program via the link / abstract below.
Please note: the workshop will be recorded for internal purposes. The video will be NOT released to the public!

The IASC Social Sciences and Humanities Working Group (WG), together with IASC’s Cryosphere, Marine, and Terrestrial WGs, invites you to a unique cross-disciplinary workshop attempting to bring together the natural sciences, the social sciences and the humanities in order to discuss and reflect on the gendered nature of Polar research.

The workshop will combine three strands of debate that have thus far not been discussed systematically:

(1) Doing science in the 21st century in a way that departs from but also pays careful attention to the history of exploration and colonial endeavours as “heroic” and masculine activities – while a masculine image still seems to dominate the methodologies and practices of Arctic and Polar research.

(2) The still existing gender gap when it comes to female researchers in hard sciences, their career prospects, and their sometimes difficult working conditions as women in the field. Critiques of the gender gap and gendered research work have thus far neglected the diversity aspects of queer and gender minority (LGBTQI) researchers. They face particular challenges whíle working in a still largely heteronormative research environment as it is described for research stations, vessels or tundra/taiga camps.

(3) The gendered composition of researchers as actors and the gendered spaces of conducting research, including the field sites, have an important impact on research interests, research design, research ethics and epistemology. The gender bias affects the research subject and methodology, and Polar research can learn from and communicate with other fields of science about how to ensure a high standard of equality, sensitivity to issues of marginalization, and ethical production of science.

We invite participants of the ASSW 2020 from natural and social sciences to pop by at the workshop and to join the discussions and break-out groups. Participants will be engaged through alternative formats to gain a maximum of knowledge exchange as well as to map out the state of the art and ideas about where to go from there.

Event Type
Webinars and Virtual Events