Public Lecture by Kathrin Zippel: Women in Global Science

Nov 22, 2018, 02:00 pm - 04:00 pm, IHS, Josefstädter Straße 39, 1080 Vienna

Women in Global Science: Advancing Careers through International Collaboration

Scientific and engineering research is increasingly global, and international collaboration can be essential to academic success. Yet even as administrators and policymakers extol the benefits of global science, few recognize the diversity of international research collaborations and their participants, or take gendered inequalities into account.  Zippel considers systematically the challenges and opportunities that the globalization of scientific work brings to U.S. academics, especially for women faculty. While some have approached underrepresentation as a national concern with a national solution, Zippel highlights how gender relations are reconfigured in global academia. The case of STEM fields shows how gendered cultures and structures in academia persist and contribute to an underrepresentation of women also in global science. But for U.S. women in particular, international collaboration offers opportunities to step outside of exclusionary networks at home. International collaboration is not the panacea to gendered inequalities in academia, but, as Zippel argues, international considerations can be key to ending the steady attrition of women in STEM fields and developing a more inclusive academic world.

Prof. Zippel is professor of Sociology at Northeastern University and an expert on gender, science and organizations.  Her NSF funded research explores gender equality politics and global transformations of science. In her book, Women in Global Science: Advancing Careers Through International Collaboration (Stanford University Press, 2017), she argues that global science is the new frontier for women, providing both opportunities and challenges as gender shapes the dynamics and practices of international research. She has also published on gender politics in the workplace, her book The Politics of Sexual Harassment in the United States, the European Union and Germany (Cambridge University Press, 2006) won several awards.

Zippel served as Research Director and Co-PI of Northeastern’s National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant. She is a Co-chair of the Social Exclusion and Inclusion Seminar at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies and was a residential fellow at the Women and Public Policy Program J.F. Kennedy School. She held a Humboldt Research fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne and the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich; was a Guest at Radboud University, Nijmegen, the WZB Social Science Research Center in Berlin, and the European University Institute in Florence. Zippel received a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and was a post-doc at the European Union Center of New York at Columbia University.

There will be comments by Karin Schönpflug (IHS), Maria Schreiber (University of Vienna) and Laura Wiesböck (University of Vienna). 

Angela Wroblewski will moderate the lecture.

The event will be organised by the Research Platform: Gender and Diversity in cooperation with the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research.

Please register per E-mail until November 19th, 2018: gender(at)ihs.ac.at