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Winter term 2022/2023

Office hour for consultation Martina Erlemann: 

Via Email: any time via martina.erlemann at fu-berlin.de

Office hour for consultation Tanja Kubes:

Via Email: any time via tanja.kubes at fu-berlin.de

20114901 Lecture

Gender and Science: An Introduction

(Martina Erlemann)

What does gender have to do with natural sciences such as physics? When closely analysing the histories, cultures, practices and contents of the natural sciences, it becomes visible that gender and other social inequalities have an impact on the physical as well as on other natural sciences: from the underrepresentation of women in some sciences to gender differences in career outcomes up to gendered constructions in scientific theories, gender is relevant in various contexts of science. The course introduces to approaches, concepts and methods of Gender Studies for the natural sciences, putting a special focus on the physical sciences. The seminar is aimed at students of physics and other natural sciences. Interested students of the humanities and social sciences are also welcome.

Date: Tue, 2pm - 6pm. More here.

Begin: 18.10.2022

Number of participants: 25

The course is also open for students of the Doctoral Program Natural Sciences and can partly be attended asynchronously. It is possible to earn credit points for the Compulsory Component on Diversity (min. 1 CP for regular attendance).

20114902 Tutorial

Gender and Science

(Martina Erlemann)

Date: Tue, 2pm - 4pm. More here.

Begin: 25.10.2022

Number of participants: 25

20119611 Seminar 

Physics and Society

(Martina Erlemann)

Physics is in many respects related to society: New findings of physical research are communicated in the media to an interested public. Citizens can participate in political decision-making e.g. on the risks of nanomaterials in consumer products or on the question how to find permanent disposals for nuclear waste. Citizen Science projects enable non-scientists to participate in research, e.g. in astrophysics. All these developments raise questions: Which images of science are conveyed to the public? Should scientists exert more influence on how physics is presented in the media? Should citizens have more say in scientific research, e.g. on the funding of research? How much should the public know about physics or science in general? Should scientists be responsible for the potential consequences of their research? These questions will be discussed in the seminar by means of studies from sociology of science that deal with these topics.

Date: Wed, 12am - 2pm. More here.

Begin: 19.10.2022

Number of participants: 15

Note: The teaching format is a seminar with presentations by students and not lecture & tutorial as announced in the campus management! The course is now alloted to the module "Modern Methods in Theoretical Physics_A".

20001516 Research Seminar

Research Seminar on Gender and Science Studies of Physics 

(Martina Erlemann)

In the research seminar, we will discuss current topics from Gender and Science Studies on physics. Participants are invited to present and discuss their research papers or projects as work-in-progress and to bring in individual research interests and topics. In the first unit we will decide jointly on themes and topics to be discussed.

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Date: Mon, 4pm - 8pm. More here.

Begin: 17.10.2022

20119411 Seminar 

Lise Meitner war nicht die einzige. Physikerinnen gestern und heute

(Martina Erlemann)

Lise Meitner und Marie Curie zählen zu den berühmtesten historischen Physikerinnen, die auch über die Fachgrenzen hinaus sehr bekannt geworden sind. Aber es gibt in der Geschichte der Physik noch viele weitere Physikerinnen, die ebenfalls wichtige Beiträge zur Weiterentwicklung der Physik geleistet haben. Im Seminar werden wir zu diesen etwas weniger bekannten Physikerinnen Präsentationen erarbeiten und dabei Präsentationstechniken kennenlernen und einüben. Dabei soll es nicht nur um die Lebensgeschichte der Physikerinnen gehen, sondern ebenso um ihre Verdienste für die physikalische Forschung.

Date: Mon, 2pm- 6pm Uhr. More here.

Begin: 24.10.2022

20107501 Seminar

AI, Data, Algorithm & Power

(Tanja Kubes)

There is hardly an area of our global, technological and social life in which artificial intelligence, data and algorithms do not play a role. When we talk about artificial intelligence, data and algorithms, we often focus on the ways in which these new technologies can support us. Think, for example, of how big data can help detect or even prevent certain diseases at an early stage. In the face of these great possibilities, we often forget that the technologies we are dealing with are all but neutral. They are always linked to relations of power and are loaded with sexism, racism and other forms of exclusion.

In order to conceptualise AI, data and algorithms in ways that are as non-discriminatory as possible, it is therefore crucial to consider the following questions: Who develops what (and for whom)? Who can make which decisions? Which aims are pursued in which developments and which are, in turn, excluded? In the seminar, we will look at current debates on AI, data, algorithm and power and discuss examples (facial recognition systems, social credit system, predictive policing, etc.) from an ethical, feminist, and intersectional perspective.


  1. 27.02.2023, 10:00-16:00
  2. 06.03.2023, 10:00-16:00
  3. 07.03.2023, 10:00-16:00 
  4. 23.03.2023, 10:00-17:00 
  5. 24.03.2023, 10:00-16:00

Note: The teaching format does not consist of lecture & tutorial as announced in the course catalogue, but is an MA seminar in block seminar format!

More here.