HSCI and Digital Humanities at OU
Included in the 2014-2015 objectives for digital humanities at OU is recognition of the innovative ways in which our graduate students are using digital means to experiment with emerging genres of written and visual communication to engage in scholarship and public humanities through the use of new media, in addition to explorations with new research tools and other innovative forms of digital scholarly inquiry.
We are pleased to highlight one such project below, launched on October 14th, Ada Lovelace Day.
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[ Lady Science || edited by Leila McNeill and Anna Reser ]
In honor of Ada Lovelace Day, we're pleased to announce a monthly email newsletter about women in science and popular culture.
Lady Science is a monthly dose of cultural criticism, usually in the form of two easy-to-swallow essays. We focus on stories about women in science, technology and medicine, both in modern, popular media and in history.
For our first issue, we explore and challenge the representations of women in period medical dramas like Breathless, The Knick, and Call the Midwife. We came to this topic upon realizing that these shows, with Call the Midwife being the one exception, emphasize the lives of men and de-emphasize the experiences of women, even when obstetrics and gynecology is the medical focus of the entire show or episode. While it is true that there were more male than female doctors and surgeons during the time periods these shows are set, it is, however, incorrect to labor under the misconception that women were not involved in medical decisions regarding their own bodies. Yet, this is the representation we are given in these medical dramas. To use obstetrics and gynecology to tell a story about scientific progress, the writers implicitly frame women’s knowledge and skills as backward, reinforcing the notion that women are irrational and, thus, need to be saved from their own bodies by the knowledge of men.
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Info and issue descriptions at: ladyscience.com
Recently received a MA in History of Science focusing on midwifery, public health, and popular medical texts for women in the nineteenth century.
Contact: @leilasedai, leilawritesstuff.com
Currently completing an MA thesis in History of Technology about the myth, memory and men of the American space program.
Contact: @annanreser, annareser.com
The first issue will hit inboxes on Friday October 17!
More information about Ada Lovelace Day here: findingada.com
Interested in writing for Lady Science? Send a brief email with your proposal and a bit of information about yourself to email@example.com.