Delphine Gardey

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Prof. Delphine Gardey


Academic career and teachings

Delphine Gardey was first trained as a contemporary historian and a sociologist. From 1995 to 2006, she has been research fellow at the Centre de recherche en histoire des sciences et des techniques (Research center for the history of science and technology) a research group financed by the Paris science museum (Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie), the CNRS and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS). During that period she was also lecturer in an engineering school (Institut National des Télécommunications, Evry [2001-2008]) where she thaught gender studies and the history and sociology of science and technology; she also contributed to Bruno Latour’s teaching at Mines ParisTech “description of the socio-technical controversies” [2004-2006]. Delphine Gardey was also lecturer at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) with Madeleine Akrich (Centre de sociologie de l’innovation, Mines ParisTech), Danielle Chabaud-Rychter (Genre, travail, mobilités, CNRS) and Ilana Löwy (INSERM) contributing to the first master level teaching on “gender, science and technology”. She has been associate Professor at Université Paris 8-Vincennes-Saint-Denis [2006-2008] and did complete an habilitation in contemporary history at the EHESS in 2007. She became Full Professor in sociology at the Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en Yvelines in 2008, associated with the Laboratoire Printemps (Professions Institutions Temporalités). Between 2006 and 2008 she also taught in the master program “Science and society” created by Bruno Latour at Sciences Po Paris. Delphine Gardey has been a SHOT Fellow (Society for the History of Technology) and an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow. She has been Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute für Wissenschaftgeschichte in Berlin and at the Zentrum für Frauen und Geschlechterforshung at the Technische Universität [2003-2004]; Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin, [2012-2013] and at the Institute for Advanced Study in Paris [2018]; Visiting Professor at the EHESS, Paris and at the Ochanomizu University,Tokyo.

She is Full Professor for contemporary history at the Institute for Gender Studies, Geneva School of Social Sciences, University of Geneva, since august 2009.

Her present teachings at Geneva University focus on gender history (19th-20th. century); gender, science and biomedicine; gender and technology with a focus on computing revolution and digital issues.

A contemporary historian and sociologist, Delphine Gardey is a gender and feminist scholar, and a science and technology scholar.

Research fields

Women and Gender History. Gender and Science. Gender and Technology. Gender and biomedicine. Gender and Feminist Theory. Feminist critic of Science. Situated Knowledge and Feminist Epistemologies. Cyberfeminism. Gender and Computing. Gender and Information.

Sexuality and biomedicine. History of the Medicalization of  the Female Body and Sexuality. Reproductive technologies and reproductive justice (ongoing collective research projects).

Social History (19th-20th Centuries) (France-UK). Labor History  (office work, women’s work) (19th-20th.) (France). History of Information Societies and Economies (19th-20th) (Europe). History and anthropology of Writing (18th-20th Centuries) (France-UK). Social and technical history of calculating and accounting (U.S. Europe late 18th-mid. 20th). History of shorthand writing systems (in Great-Britain 16th-19th. and Continental Europe late 18th- late 20th). Administrative Revolution, data computing and large scale business before the computer. Litteracy and Economy. Numeracy and Economy.

History and sociology of Technology. Socio-anthropology of material cultures. Social Studies of Science and Technology.

Orality, Litteracy and Democracy. Shorthand and Parliament. Social and material history of the French Parliament (1789-1970). Gender & Legislative Bodies. Parliamentary Procedures and Rituals.

Gender, Coloniality and Representation (France 1789-1954) (ongoing personal research project).