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Event #1223

Women, Transnational Mobilities, and Medico-Scientific Innovation


Sunday, June 2, 2019

13:30 - 15:00
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West Mall Swing Space Building - SWNG 222
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English | anglais

With financial support from the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences’ Aid for Interdisciplinary Sessions Fund.

How does gender shape the transnational networks that are crucial to driving medico-scientific innovation? This interdisciplinary session takes up the experiences of women who studied, lectured, and practiced across diverse contexts as case studies to explore the multifaceted relationships between gender, professional mobility, and technological change. Focusing on Margaret Sanger’s 1922 visit to China, Mirela David (University of Saskatchewan) unpacks how eugenic discourses on birth control and overpopulation were shaped by encounters between western theorists and Chinese intellectuals. Moving forward a decade, Cheryl Krasnick Warsh (Vancouver Island University) teases out how gender molded Frances Oldham Kelsey’s educational experiences in the 1930s, tracing the Canadian-American pharmacologist’s training from the University of Chicago, to the south of Texas, to Haida Gwaii. Finally, Jill Campbell-Miller (Carleton University) discusses the transnational career of psychiatrist Florence Nichols, detailing how gender, class, and religion intersected to shape Nichols’ practice – and embrace of pharmacological innovations including LSD – in India, Canada, and the United States.  

The co-hosts for this event are: 25 - Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science (CSHPS) / Société canadienne d'histoire et de philosophie des sciences (SCHPS) and 96 - Women’s and Gender Studies et Recherches Féministes (WGSRF)

  • Mirela David, University of Saskatchewan
  • Cheryl Krasnick Warsh, Vancouver Island University
  • Jill Campbell-Miller, Carleton University