Visiting Professor for Gender Studies

The Visiting Professor for Gender Studies was established as a cross-faculty ‘travelling professorship’. With this initiative, Bielefeld University aims to strengthen gender-specific content in research and teaching in collaboration with different faculties. The initiative also seeks to transfer and embed knowledge gained through gender research into the individual disciplines. Furthermore, it aims to raise the profile of women in research and teaching. The first visiting gender studies professor was brought to Bielefeld University in 2010.

www.uni-bielefeld.de/gender/gendergastprofessur.html

In winter term 2017 Joanna Bryson, University of Bath (Great Britain) gave two lectures at CITEC on "Artificial Intelligence". In her block seminar "Using the Tools of Theoretical Biology and AI social Simulation to understand human Behaviour", Bryson presented techniques and tools in the form of simulations, which can be used to understand human behavior.

In summer term 2017 Gloria Origgi, Institut Jean Nicod from Paris at CITEC and Bielefeld University, she gave two lectures and she also taught social gender constructions in her block seminar "The Social Cognition of Gender: Gender and Power Relations".

Already in 2014, the social-robotics researcher Selma Šabanović from Indiana University Bloomington (USA) taught as a gender guest professor at CITEC and the University of Bielefeld.

Joanna Bryson, University of Bath (UK) Foto: CITEC/Universität BielefeldFor the winter term in 2017 Joanna Bryson, University of Bath (Great Britain) has promised the Visiting Professor for Gender Studies. Can machines have biases? Why is artificial intelligence also a feminist issue? As an expert in artificial intelligence, Bryson pursued questions such as these. She addressed whether machines can have human-like biases, and presented the findings of her research on this topic. Bryson spoke about feminist and ethical perspectives on artificial intelligence. In addition to these two talks, she offered a block seminar on AI for students in which she used a simulation platform. As an American and a professor of psychology, she teaches at the University of Bath and is currently a visiting researcher at the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University.

1. Talk: "We Didn’t Prove Prejudice Is True: Why and When Machines Have Human Bias" - 16 November 2017 - CITEC

2. Talk: "Why AI Ethics is a Feminist Issue: The Legal and Moral Lacuna of Machine Rights" - 22 November 2017 - CITEC

The block seminar "Using the Tools of Theoretical Biology and AI social Simulation to understand human Behaviour" took place from 20 to 21 November 2017 and was open to master students and PhD researchers.

More information: flyer_joanna bryson_gender-gastprofessorin.pdf

Gloria Origgi, Institut Jean Nicod (Paris) Foto: CITEC/Universität BielefeldIn Summer term 2017, Gloria Origgi has taken the Visiting Professor at the CITEC contributing her expertise into the field of gender and cognitive interaction technology. During her stay at CITEC Origgi gave two lectures and discussed in her block seminar about gender relations and the construction of gender. Origgi is a philosopher and a social scientist based at the Institut Nicod in Paris. She earned a Habilitation in Philosophy and the Social Sciences at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in 2013. In her research, she seeks to understand the impact of social relations and institutions on both cognitive processes and the organisation of knowledge. She has taught in France, Italy, Brazil, and is regularly invited to speak at numerous institutions in the United States and England.

1. Talk: "Gender and AI: Turing Test for Gender" - 07 June 2017 - CITEC

2. Talk: "The Strength of Weak Stereotypes: Implicit Biases and other Irresistible Heuristics" - 20 June 2017 -  University Bielefeld as a part of ring lecture Gender Studies

The block seminar "The Social Cognition of Gender: Gender and Power Relations" took place from 12 to 23 June 2017 and was open to master students and PhD researchers.

More information: flyer_gloria origgi_gender-gastprofessorin.pdf

Selma Šabanović, Indiana University (USA) Foto: CITEC/Universität BielefeldCITEC aims to strengthen and anchor gender specific content in research and teaching and was able to win Selma Šabanović of Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, USA, for that purpose. Bosnian born Selma Šabanović is a researcher at the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University, USA. In 2008 and 2009 she was a lecturer at Stanford University in the USA on the Program in Science, Technology and Society. She was a Visiting Researcher at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Tsukaba, Japan, as well as the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, USA. She completed her doctorate in 2007 at the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, USA.

1. Talk: "Designing Robot Cultures: Steps toward a culturally robust robotics" - 14 July 2014 - CITEC

2. Talk: "Robot Girls and Boys? Constructing gender in social robotics" - 16 July 2014 - University Bielefeld as a part of ring lecture Gender Studies

The block seminar "Culture, society, and robotic technology" took place from 31 June to 17 July 2014 and was open to master students and PhD researchers.

More information: flyer_selma sabanovic_gender-gastprofessorin.pdf