Aug 20 – 26, 2023
Natural Science Lecture Center (building-28), Seoul National University, Korea
Asia/Seoul timezone

Invisible Workers in Science

Aug 23, 2023, 11:40 AM
20m
Natural Science Lecture Center (building-28), Seoul National University, Korea

Natural Science Lecture Center (building-28), Seoul National University, Korea

Natural Science Lecture Center Seoul National University Building-28, 1 Gwanak-ro, Gwanak-gu, Seoul 08826, Korea
Oral WG7: Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Education, and Outreach Plenary

Speaker

Eun-Joo Ahn (University of California Santa Barbara)

Description

Why do we remember some scientists while forgetting others who participated in the same scientific work? Moving away from prominent scientists and focusing on the invisible workers can highlight the role of gender, race, and class in scientific knowledge-making. Using Mount Wilson Observatory at the turn of the twentieth century as an example, I point out how scientists in positions of power, such as observatory directors, enforced gender division among the scientists. Through examples in modern science, I point out how taking into account the contribution made by these forgotten scientists can enrich our understanding of science and provide insights into creating a more equitable environment.

Primary author

Eun-Joo Ahn (University of California Santa Barbara)

Presentation materials