University of Dundee

Science in a gendered world goes on display

30 Jan 2019

A new exhibition that explores perceptions of gender in science will go on display this week at the University of Dundee. ‘Disentangle: Science in a Gendered World’, the latest exhibition at the University’s LifeSpace Gallery, will explore how ideas of gender impact on research through an array of contemporary art, historical objects and scientific case studies.

The exhibition, which includes artworks by Kira O’Reilly, Jennifer Willet, Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, Clara Ursitti and Ker Wallwork, will go on display from Friday 1 February until Monday 1 April 2019, with a preview evening taking place on Thursday 31 January between 5-7pm.

Curator Cicely Farrer, said, “Our latest exhibition Disentangle uses the lens of gender to question how we think about our behaviour and interactions with the world around. It includes art works especially made for the exhibition, as well as rare items from the University’s museum collections. Together these pieces provide a set of perspectives on how we might disentangle the ways we are frequently accustomed to think of gender.”

Professor Inke Näthke, Associate Dean for Professional Culture in the University’s School of Life Sciences, said, “This exhibition is the culmination of a long-standing collaboration between LifeSpace Gallery and the School of Life Sciences’ Athena SWAN team, who were awarded a Silver Award in recognition of sustained work towards gender diversity by this national charter that was created in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to promote gender equality in higher education. We believe exploring and challenging beliefs and openly discussing the role of gender in science, how it is perceived and how it shapes perceptions, can help those eager to enter a scientific career and those already in it to feel more comfortable and safe.”

‘Disentangle: Science in a Gendered World’, is free to all to attend and will open to the public, on Friday 1 February.

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