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Sociology Departmental Seminar with: Catherine Montgomery (University of York)

Date: 26 October 2010 Time: 16.15 - 18.00

Venue: IAS Meeting Room 1

Lubrication & Fluidity: Co-producing Gender and Technology in HIV Prevention Research

This talk will give an account of the relations between science, society and technology in a clinical trial, drawing on empirical research conducted in the UK and Zambia with the pharmaceutical industry, trialists, trial participants and trial communities. Using theoretical insights from science and technology studies (STS), the co-production of gender and technology will be explored through a case study of an HIV prevention technology. Vaginal microbicides are pharmaceutical products in development that are designed to reduce the sexual transmission of HIV in women. They are commonly known as a 'woman-controlled technology' and tool for women's empowerment, and form part of a burgeoning field of clinical research into new biotechnologies for HIV prevention. Little work has critically examined how such research and new technologies are produced, and how they in turn contribute to the construction, maintenance or deconstruction of gender relations. Through notions of lubrication and fluidity, this talk attends to the potential multiplicity of interventions in diverse contexts, calling into question the presumed stability of HIV prevention technologies 'for women's empowerment'.


Who can attend: Anyone


Further information

Associated staff: John Urry

Organising departments and research centres: Sociology


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