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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Gender as a Category of Knowledge

Christina Altenstraßer

PhD Project:
Knowledge, Gender, and Economics: The First Generation of Female Economists in Germany, 1900 – 1933

 

Description of the Project

 

The dissertation project explores how constructions of knowledge about gender and economics contributed to the positioning of women in the academic field. Following Bourdieu, in my dissertation I understand science as a »social field« constituted by mechanisms of construction and definition of »science,« »scientific knowledge,« and »scientists.« I examine the first generation of fe-male economists at the University of Berlin (Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität) 1900 – 1933, based upon an analysis of a corpus of archival sources (Habilitationsakten), reviews in the leading
economic journals from 1900 to 1933, and contemporary writings on science, economics, and gender.

                                   

Particulars

 

Christina Altenstraßer, MA. After having studied social economics at the University of Linz, she started her dissertation project at the universities of Linz and Berlin. She participated in historical and economic research projects and has been lecturer at the department of women’s and gender studies at the University of Linz. In 2012 she started to work in the fields of adult literacy and German as a second language.

Selected Publications

 

Umstrittene Anerkennung. Habilitation und Geschlecht. Das Beispiel der Berliner Staatswissenschaften 1920 – 1933. In: Das Geschlecht der Wissenschaften. Zur Geschichte von Akademikerinnen im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert, ed. by Ulrike Auga, Claudia Bruns, Levke Harders et al., Frankfurt a.M./New York 2010. P. 237 – 257. 

with Gabriella Hauch (Eds.): Geschlecht – Wissen – Geschichte. Österreichische Zeitschrift für Geschichtswissenschaften (ÖZG) 21 (1) 2010.

Wissen – Geschlecht – Ökonomie. Habilitationsverfahren von Ökonominnen an der Universität Berlin in den 1920er Jahren. In: Geschlechterwissen und soziale Praxis. Theoretische Zugänge – empirische Erträge, ed. by Angelika Wetterer, Königstein/Taunus 2008. P. 185 – 203.

   

Contact

christina.altenstrasser@jku.at