Computer Science, a Dialogue Between Social Sciences and Technology, Vortrag von Cecile K. M. Crutzen, Ringvorlesung "For Future Innovations: Gender in Science and Technology"
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The dialogue between the technological and the social takes place for already a long time. Computer Science is an important actor in this dialogue, because its product development, its data processing, and the use of its products has changed human interaction.
The product ready-making by technology producers is not a neutral objective process. They act out of their own thoughts and opinions based in their own cultural and social surroundings, where the technological is often overestimated, where little place is for the social and where their own social acting and thinking became obvious. In addition the dialogue between the social and the technological is still represented as an oppositional dialogue, where the social is dependent on the technological. Gender as a process, is embedded in these cultural constructions and is always linked to the meaning of many dualism such as the dualism between the technological and the social.
In Computer Science technological knowledge and skills are presented as absolute. The uncontrollability of the social is veiled by means of abstraction and generalisation, its ambiguity and situatedness are hidden in models, where hierarchical structures and planned acting represent an illusory reality.
In the presentation the question "Is Computer Science part of Social Science?" will be discussed out of a gender perspective.