2005-06 Research Fellows

Louise Fortmann


Rudy Grah Chair in Forestry and Sustainable Development
University of California at Berkeley


Louise Fortmann

At the moment my new project is called Democratizing Science: The Politics and Practices of Participatory Research. I am interested in what it would take to institutionalize interdependent science that integrates conventional and civil sciences. Civil science is probably more familiar to you as traditional knowledge or local knowledge. I am particularly interested in women civil scientists. As I got interested in this, I began reading the Science and Technology literature with graduate students in the biophysical as well as social sciences. Their insights were particularly helpful. I still have a lot to learn and look forward to getting more guidance from this literature from all of you!!

As part of this project I am working on an edited book. As I write, it is evolving, but the basic idea is this. The book will consist of paired chapters on participatory research in Indonesia, Honduras, India, Zimbabwe, and the US. The first of each pair is being written by conventional social and biophysical scientists about successful (from their point of view) participatory research they have done. The second is "written" by the participating civil scientists. In October I will visiting the civil scientist team in Honduras with women farmers from another part of Honduras and this is likely to emerge into yet another chapter. Meanwhile, our collective dream was to gather all participants together with a gazillion simultaneous translators and write the conclusions together. Since some of the civil scientists are undocumented workers who can not travel out of the US and others would never get a visa to the US, we're still trying to figure out how to make this happen. Stay tuned!

Alison Wylie
Michelle R. Clayman Research Fellow


Alison Wylie

Alison Wylie is Professor, Departments of Philosophy and Anthropology, at the University of Washington. As the Institute's Michelle R. Clayman Research Fellow, she will be working on her new project, Standpoint Matters: Feminist Philosophy of Science. She focuses on three rich and provocative issues: the development of "chilly climate" research on the workplace environment; the formation of an archaeology of gender in anthropological archaeology; and the much disputed "feminization" of primatology. Professor Wylie has a longstanding concern with the role of values in science, ideals of objectivity, evidential reasoning, and how these relate to equity issues for women.

Professor Wylie has published on these issues as they arise in archaeological practice and as raised by feminist critics of science. Her works include Thinking from Things (2002) and contributions to collections such as Science and Other Cultures (2003), The Cambridge Companion to Feminism in Philosophy (2000), Primate Encounters (2000), Changing Methods: Feminists Transforming Practice (1995), and Women and Reason (1992). She also has a deep interest in equity issues for women in academia, as co-organizer of a recent conference on "Women, Work and the Academy" sponsored by the Barnard Center for Research on Women (www.barnard.edu/bcrw/womenandwork/) and as a contributing editor to Breaking Anonymity: The Chilly Climate for Women Faculty (1995) and to Equity Issues for Women in Archaeology (1994).
Alison Wylie CV

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