Unpacking Gendered Institutional Norms: Who Holds the Mouse? Why?

Wossen Argaw Tegegn, Research Scholar, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna, and Campbell Resident Scholar

Colloquium, SAR Boardroom

Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free

Wossen Argaw TegegnWossen Argaw Tegegn2011–2012 Campbell Resident ScholarWossen Argaw Tegegn2011–2012 Campbell Resident Scholar

This presentation questions the often unquestioned norms whereby men control equipment such as the mouse in computer science labs, the theodolite in surveying technology field sessions, and the voltmeter in electrical engineering workshops. Based on inductive analysis of interviews and focus group discussion, this talk focuses on participants’ assumptions about the ways in which men and women use technology; how gender roles and expectations are expressed; how success is defined in technology fields of study; and how these roles, expectations, and assumptions are reinforced or challenged.

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