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Post/socialist chemical research: a gendered politics of visual representation

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    0553645 - SOÚ 2022 RIV GB eng J - Článek v odborném periodiku
    Nyklová, Blanka - Fárová, Nina
    Post/socialist chemical research: a gendered politics of visual representation.
    Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe. Roč. 29, 2-3 (2021), s. 133-155. ISSN 2573-9638. E-ISSN 2573-9646
    Grant CEP: GA ČR(CZ) GA18-09663S
    Institucionální podpora: RVO:68378025
    Klíčová slova: Politics of representation * gender order * science and research representation * history of applied chemical research * Cold War modernity
    Obor OECD: Sociology
    Způsob publikování: Open access
    https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/QAT7WIS6J4DCKG6ZZT3Z/full?target=10.1080/25739638.2021.2007597

    This article explores changes to the strongly gendered politics of representation in applied chemical research using visual material from company magazines of Czech-based chemical plants (1969–2000). This representation overlaps with identified developments in the gender order and how these relate to the disputed Cold War discourse. The focus on visual representations gives us a novel perspective on the intersection of technology, gender and geopolitics and what it can tell us about the ways in which competing versions of modernity have been shaped. We find that in the 1969-1989 period, applied chemical research is primarily portrayed as interaction between women and chemical equipment, making the face of applied chemical research distinctly feminine. This is in line with the definition of socialist modernity through a stress on women’s emancipation and equality as part of the liberation of society as such. However, a detailed visual discourse analysis reveals that this visual representation is less about applied chemical research and more about femininity defined around a singular understanding of motherhood. The gradual dehumanization of chemical research in the visual material resonates with the onset of political and economic change around 1989 marked by a radical change in the overall visual culture.
    Trvalý link: http://hdl.handle.net/11104/0328392

     
     
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