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Goals of the Research Program
The research program conceptualizes gender as a basic category which holds central importance for the formation of science and scientific knowledge. Therefore, the Berlin graduate research school focuses on the question of the significance of gender for the production of scientific knowledge, its role in the formation of scientific concepts and categories and the ways in which it inscribes itself in orders of knowledge. Since disciplinary-based categorizations of gender are being included, it is of crucial importance to not refer too fast to the heuristic separation of 'sex' and 'gender'. Rather, the central goal is to consider the distinction between a cultural conceptualization of gender and a biological-natural gender duality itself as the departing point from which to highlight the numerous cross-connections between physiological, cultural, historical and socially developed notions of gender.
Furthermore, the graduate research group is concerned with how to turn the commonalities between the history of science (particularly the history of medicine) and the history of gender research into a productive exchange and cooperation. An investigation of the significance of gender as a category of knowledge for the history of science in the occidental world plays a crucial part in this process. Without considering the representations and codifications of gender which are inherent in the history of knowledge, neither a history of science nor a history of gender can ever be written.