Lecture will explore the languages of nature

York humanities and women’s studies Professor Ann (Rusty) Shteir will explore the languages of nature as part of the 2009-2010 Research Seminar Series presented by York’s Science & Technology Studies (STS) Program.

Shteir will present “Languages of Nature, Cultures of Flowers, 1780-1830” Tuesday, Feb. 9, from 12:30 to 2pm in Norman’s, 203A Bethune College, Keele campus.

Interested in research into women, gender and science culture, as well as 18th-century culture, Shteir also studies relations between literature and science and the history of science writing. Her current project is a cultural history of botany and for this she is studying, for example, representations of the goddess Flora in art, literature and science.

She is the author of Cultivating Women, Cultivating Science: Flora’s Daughters and Botany in England, 1760 to 1860 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996), which won the Joan Kelly Memorial Prize in Women’s History from the American Historical Association in 1996. Shteir is also the co-editor, with York humanities Professor Bernard Lightman, of Figuring it Out: Science, Gender, and Visual Culture (Dartmouth College Press, 2006) and co-editor of Natural Eloquence: Women Reinscribe Science (University of Wisconsin Press, 1997).

She also has been very active in developing women’s studies at York and was director of the Graduate Program in Women’s Studies from 1993 to 1997.

The STS Program is co-housed in the Faculty of Science & Engineering and the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies. Financial support for this series has been provided by the Division of Natural Science, the Office of the Vice-President Academic & Provost and the York University Bookstore.

For more information, visit the Science & Technology Studies Web site or contact the Division of Natural Science at natsci@yorku.ca or ext. 55021.

This series is open to the public and refreshments will be served.