Professor Maureen McNeil

Emeritus Professor

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.

Conceptualizing imaginaries of science, technology, and society
McNeil, M.C., MacKenzie, A.B., Tutton, R.J.C., Haran, J., Arribas-Ayllon, M. 20/02/2017 In: The Handbook of Science and Technology Studies. Cambridge, MA : MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass. p. 435-464. 29 p. ISBN: 9780262035682. Electronic ISBN: 9780262338110.

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.
Journal article

McNeil, M. 2013 In: Gender. London : Routledge p. 41-48. 8 p. ISBN: 978-0-415-66961-0 , 978-0-415-66962-7 . Electronic ISBN: 978-0-203-08370-3 .

Cultural science studies
McNeil, M. 2011 In: The Routledge companion to literature and science / . London : Routledge ISBN: 9780415495257.

Feminist science and technology studies
McNeil, M., Roberts, C. 2011 In: Theories and Methodologies in Postgraduate Feminist Research. London : Routledge
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

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.
Journal article

Introduction to Representation of Genomics section
McNeil, M. 2009 In: The Handbook of Genetics and Society. London : Routledge ISBN: 9780415410809.

Roots and routes: the making of Feminist Cultural Studies of Technoscience
McNeil, M. 2008 In: Bits of Life: Feminism at the Intersections of Media, Bioscience and Technology . Seattle, Wash. : University of Washington Press p. 17-31. 14 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Feminist Cultural Studies of Science and Technology.
McNeil, M.C. 2007 Routledge.

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. ISBN: 0415422361.

Telling tales of reproduction and technoscience
McNeil, M. 2006 In: Science studies opens the black box : spring school of science studies proceedings. Prague : Institute of Sociology Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic p. 19-40. 22 p. ISBN: 8073300834.

Introduction: Postcolonial Technoscience.
McNeil, M. 06/2005 In: Science as Culture. 14, 2, p. 105-112. 8 p.
Journal article

McNeil, M. 2005 In: New keywords : a revised vocabulary of culture and society. Oxford : Blackwell p. 15-17. 3 p. ISBN: 9780631225690.

McNeil, M. 2005 In: New keywords : a revised vocabulary of culture and society.. Oxford : Blackwell p. 164-167. 4 p. ISBN: 9780631225690.

McNeil, M. 2005 In: New keywords : a revised vocabulary of culture and society.. Oxford : Blackwell p. 239-239. 1 p. ISBN: 9780631225690.

Darwin Erasmus.
McNeil, M.C. 2004 In: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press 202 p. ISBN: 0198613652.

Feminist reproductive politics : towards the millennium.
McNeil, M. 2001 In: Active engagements : a collection of lectures by the holders of Nancy's chair. Halifax, Canada : Mount Saint Vincent University p. 61-74. 14 p.

Introduction to part III: knowledge and disciplines.
McNeil, M. 2000 In: Thinking through feminism. London and New York : Routledge p. 175-181. 7 p. ISBN: 0415220661.

Ahmed, S., Kilby, J., Lury, C.E., McNeil, M., Skeggs, B. 2000 In: Thinking through feminism. London and New York : Routledge p. 1-23. 23 p. ISBN: 0415220661.

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-Saxónica. Series, 12-13, p. 205-226. 22 p.
Journal article

Techno-triumphalism, techno-tourism, American dreams and feminism.
McNeil, M. 2000 In: Thinking through feminism. London : Routledge p. 221-234. 14 p. ISBN: 0415220661.

Erasmus Darwin.
McNeil, M. 1999 In: An Oxford companion to the romantic age: British culture, 1776-1832. Oxford : Oxford University Press p. 477-477. 1 p. ISBN: 0198122977.

Mary Somerville.
McNeil, M. 1999 In: An Oxford companion to the romantic age: British culture, 1776-1832. Oxford : Oxford University Press p. 712-712. 1 p. ISBN: 0198122977.

Gender, expertise and feminism.
McNeil, M. 1998 In: Exploring expertise: issues and perspectives. Basingstoke : Macmillan p. 55-79. 25 p. ISBN: 0333632273.

Making and not making the difference: the gender politics of Thatcherism
McNeil, M. 1991 In: Off-Centre: Feminism and Cultural Studies. London : Routledge p. 221-240. 20 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Science, feminism and cultural studies
McNeil, M., Franklin, S. 1991 In: Off-Centre: Feminism and Cultural Studies . London : Routledge p. 129-146. 18 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Newton as national hero
McNeil, M. 1988 In: Let Newton Be!. Oxford : Oxford University Press
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Under the Banner of Science: Erasmus Darwin and His Age
McNeil, M. 1987 Manchester : Manchester University Press. 307 p. ISBN: 9780719014925.

The scientific muse: the poetry of Erasmus Darwin
McNeil, M. 1986 In: The Languages of Nature. Free Association Books
Chapter (peer-reviewed)