Pablo Schyfter: Underrepresentation, ignorance, and social membership

Dr Pablo Schyfter (University of Edinburgh) speaks at the workshop “Ignorance and Under-representation”, at the University of Edinburgh, 10th March 2015.

Abstract: The two components of this event’s title – underrepresentation and ignorance—are not self-evidently linked. Using feminist science studies and the sociology of knowledge, I argue that the link joining the two is a social one. Because underrepresentation involves absence of a place within a collective, and because knowledge is a collective accomplishment, ‘to know’ and ‘to belong’ are different facets of one phenomenon: membership in the social collective.