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Professor Maureen McNeil

Professor Maureen McNeil

Associate Director, Professor

Lancaster University
Bailrigg
Lancaster
United Kingdom
LA1 4YD


Tel: +44 (0) 1524 510842
Location: FASS Building D12

Affiliations

Cesagen - ESRC Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics
Centre for Gender and Women's Studies
Centre for Science Studies

PhD Supervision Interests

politics, theories, representations and popular narratives of reproduction feminist technoscience studies genomics and the media bioart and genomics popular biographies of scientists science and technology in popular culture cultural studies of technoscience power, theory and knowledge (particularly with reference to gender) feminist theory, practice and pedagogy class politics and relations, gender and class, inequalities and social justice

Current Teaching

WS407 (MA) Debates in Gender Research

WS406 (MA) Feminist Technoscience Studies

Research Interests

My background:

I am a Canadian researcher and teacher who has worked in Canada , the USA , with a short stint in Berlin , but mainly in the UK (Leicester University, Institute of Education, London; Manchester University; Birmingham University and since 1996 at Lancaster University). I am sustained by and get great pleasure from (in no particular order): walking, cooking and eating good food, my women's group, travel, music and dancing, beautiful gardens, open conversation and friendships.

Research background and interests

I have a strong orientation towards interdisciplinary research and teaching. Much of my research is at the intersection of cultural studies, feminist studies and science/technology studies. With a background in the history of science and in the cultural dimensions of the industrial revolution, my academic life has been shaped by my commitments to the politicised inter-disciplines of cultural studies and feminist studies. Since the late 1970s, I have been involved in the development of feminist studies of science and technology as a teacher and researcher. This research trajectory has resulted in some articles and my book, Feminist Cultural Studies of Science and Technology (Routledge, 2007).

Another thread in my research has been the investigation of the politics, theories, and narratives of reproduction, with reference to developments in science, technology and medicine. This began with my PhD research on theories of evolution (particularly those of Erasmus Darwin) in the eighteenth and nineteenth century and has been carried forward into more recent research on the politics and social significance of new reproductive technologies and on the stories and theories (including genomics)associated with these technologies.

I was Director of the Institute for Women's Studies (1997-2000; 2003-4) and I have been Chair of the Board of the Centre for Science Studies here at Lancaster University. Since its foundation (2002), I have been involved with the Cesagen (Centre for Economic and Social Aspects) of Genomics here at Lancaster University which is a joint ESRC (UK Economic and Social Research Council) collaboration between Cardiff University and Lancaster University. As well as being on the management and resources committee, I was a Principal Investigator on one of the flagship projects in this Centre-Media, Culture and Genomics. One main output from this project was a book written jointly wth the other members of this project team - Kate O'Riordan (Lancaster, now Sussex,University), Jenny Kitzinger (Cardiff University) and Joan Haran (Cardiff University) - Human Cloning and the Media: from science fiction to science practice (Routledge, 2008). I am continuing this research in the next phase of CESAGen (2007-12), recently working on collective projects on the Imaginary andon Publics, and autobiographical writing linked to genetics and genomics.

In addition to these pursuits, my own background as the first member of my family to go to university, my concern for social justice and interest in knowledge-power relations pulls me towards the study of class relations. Attention to class informs much of my research and has figured in some of my publications and teaching. I have also supervised some PhD theses in this field. A concern for class relations also informs my work onthe generaltopic of power, knowledge, feminism and pedagogy.

Additional Information

Research student supervision:

I have had considerable experience as a postgraduate (M.Phil/PhD) supervisor, having supervised a wide range of thesis topics. I would welcome the opportunity to work with students in a number of areas which could include (but, would not be restricted to):

  • politics, theories, representations and popular narratives of reproduction
  • feminist science studies
  • genomics and the media
  • bioart and genomics
  • popular biographies of scientists
  • science and technology in popular culture
  • cultural studies of technoscience
  • power, theory and knowledge (particularly with reference to gender)
  • feminist theory, practice and pedagogy
  • class politics and relations, gender and class, inequalities and social justice

2013

Cyberspace

McNeil, M. 2013 Gender: the key concepts. Evans, M. & Williams, C. H. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 41-48 8 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Between a rock and a hard place: the deficit model, the diffusion model and publics in STS

McNeil, M. 12/2013 In: Science as Culture. 22, 4, p. 589-608 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2011

Cultural science studies

McNeil, M. 2011 The Routledge companion to literature and science /. Clarke, B. & Rossini, M. (eds.). London: Routledge, (Routledge companions)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Feminist science and technology studies

McNeil, M. & Roberts, C. 2011 Theories and Methodologies in Postgraduate Feminist Research: Researching Differently. Buikema, R., Griffin, G. & Lykke, N. (eds.). London: Routledge

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

2010

Postmillennial feminist theory: encounters with humanism, materialism, critique, nature, biology and Darwin

McNeil, M. 10/2010 In: Journal for Cultural Research. 14, 4, p. 427-437 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2009

Introduction to Representation of Genomics section

McNeil, M. 2009 The Handbook of Genetics and Society: mapping the new genomic era. Atkinson, P., Glasner, P. & Lock, M. (eds.). London: Routledge

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2008

Roots and routes: the making of Feminist Cultural Studies of Technoscience

McNeil, M. 2008 Bits of Life: Feminism at the Intersections of Media, Bioscience and Technology. Smelik, A. & Lykke, N. (eds.). Seattle, Wash.: University of Washington Press, p. 17-31 14 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

2007

Human Cloning in the Media: From Science Fiction to Science Practice.

McNeil, M. C., Haran, J., Kitzinger, K. & O'Riordan, K. 2007 Routledge. 234 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Feminist Cultural Studies of Science and Technology.

McNeil, M. C. 2007 Routledge.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2006

Telling tales of reproduction and technoscience.

McNeil, M. 2006 Science studies opens the black box: spring school of science studies proceedings. Cervinkova, A. & Saldove, K. (eds.). Prague: Institute of Sociology Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, p. 19-40 22 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2005

Introduction: Postcolonial Technoscience.

McNeil, M. 06/2005 In: Science as Culture. 14, 2, p. 105-112 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Nature.

McNeil, M. 2005 New keywords: a revised vocabulary of culture and society.. Bennett, T., Grossberg, L., Morris, M. & Williams, R. (eds.). Oxford: Blackwell, p. 239-239 1 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Human.

McNeil, M. 2005 New keywords: a revised vocabulary of culture and society.. Bennett, T., Grossberg, L., Morris, M. & Williams, R. (eds.). Oxford: Blackwell, p. 164-167 4 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Body.

McNeil, M. 2005 New keywords: a revised vocabulary of culture and society. Bennett, T., Grossberg, L., Morris, M. & Williams, R. (eds.). Oxford: Blackwell, p. 15-17 3 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2004

Darwin Erasmus.

McNeil, M. C. 2004 Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press, 202 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2001

Feminist reproductive politics: towards the millennium.

McNeil, M. 2001 Active engagements: a collection of lectures by the holders of Nancy's chair. Conrad, M. (ed.). Halifax, Canada: Mount Saint Vincent University, p. 61-74 14 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2000

Techno-triumphalism, techno-tourism, American dreams and feminism.

McNeil, M. 2000 Thinking through feminism. Ahmed, S., Kilby, J., Lury, C. E., McNeil, M. & Skeggs, B. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 221-234 14 p. (Transformations: thinking through feminism)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Introduction to part III: knowledge and disciplines.

McNeil, M. 2000 Thinking through feminism. Ahmed, S., Kilby, J., Lury, C. E., McNeil, M. & Skeggs, B. (eds.). London and New York: Routledge, p. 175-181 7 p. (Transformations: thinking through feminism)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Introduction.

Ahmed, S., Kilby, J., Lury, C. E., McNeil, M. & Skeggs, B. 2000 Thinking through feminism. Ahmed, S., Kilby, J., Lury, C. E., McNeil, M. & Skeggs, B. (eds.). London and New York: Routledge, p. 1-23 23 p. (Transformations: thinking through feminism)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Powerful fictions of feminine identities: Toni Morrison's 'The bluest eye', Jeanette Winterson's 'Oranges are not the only fruit' and Margaret Atwood's 'Cat's eye'.

McNeil, M. 2000 In: Anglo-Saxonica: Centro de Estudos Anglisticos Universidade de Lisboa. Series, 12-13, p. 205-226 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

1999

Mary Somerville.

McNeil, M. 1999 An Oxford companion to the romantic age: British culture, 1776-1832. McCalman, I. (ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 712-712 1 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Erasmus Darwin.

McNeil, M. 1999 An Oxford companion to the romantic age: British culture, 1776-1832. McCalman, I. (ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 477-477 1 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

1998

Gender, expertise and feminism.

McNeil, M. 1998 Exploring expertise: issues and perspectives. Williams, R., Faulkner, W. & Fleck, J. (eds.). Basingstoke: Macmillan, p. 55-79 25 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

1991

Science, feminism and cultural studies

McNeil, M. & Franklin, S. 1991 Off-Centre: Feminism and Cultural Studies. Franklin, S., Lury, C. & Stacey, J. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 129-146 18 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

Making and not making the difference: the gender politics of Thatcherism

McNeil, M. 1991 Off-Centre: Feminism and Cultural Studies. Franklin, S., Lury, C. & Stacey, J. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 221-240 20 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

1988

Newton as national hero

McNeil, M. 1988 Let Newton Be!: a new perspective on his life and works. Fauvel, J., Flood, R., Shortland, M. & Wilson, R. (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

1987

Under the Banner of Science: Erasmus Darwin and His Age

McNeil, M. 1987 Manchester: Manchester University Press. 307 p. (History of Science Series)

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

1986

The scientific muse: the poetry of Erasmus Darwin

McNeil, M. 1986 The Languages of Nature: Critical Essays on Science and Literature. Jordanova, L. (ed.). Free Association Books

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

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