Perspectives in Anthropology, Feminism, and Gender for the Histories of Techniques and Technology: Interview with Francesca Bray

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Francesca Bray
Nicole Cristi

Abstract

In this interview, Bray discusses the possibilities offered by a situated approach to the history (or histories) of techniques and technology in order to challenge hegemonic Eurocentric teleologies that surround it. From her research on Imperial China, Bray explains how an interwoven approach mixing gender studies, feminism, and an anthropological point of view could contribute analytically and methodologically to the History of Technology, in order to expand its margins beyond its recurring modern and binary tales.


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Bray , F., & Cristi, N. (2021). Perspectives in Anthropology, Feminism, and Gender for the Histories of Techniques and Technology: Interview with Francesca Bray. Diseña, (18), Interview.1. https://doi.org/10.7764/disena.18.Interview.1
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Author Biography

Francesca Bray , The University of Edinburgh, School of Social and Political Science, Social Anthropology

Former President of the International Society for the History of Technology, Francesca Bray is a historian and anthropol­ogist of science, technology, and medicine. She is Profes­sor Emerita of Social Anthropology in the School of Social and Political Science at The University of Edinburgh. As a researcher interested in how politics are expressed and enacted through everyday technologies, she is involved in collaborative projects with anthropologists, historians, devel­opment studies specialists, and STS scholars. She is the author of Technology, Gender and History in Imperial China: Great Transformations Reconsidered (Routledge, 2013) and has recently co-edited Science and Confucian Statecraft in East Asia (Brill, 2019) and Rice: Global Networks and New Histories (Cambridge U. Press, 2015). Francesca Bray was awarded the Leonardo da Vinci Medal, the highest recognition from the Society for the History of Technology.