Nanna Gillberg
​​Nanna Gillberg, ph​oto: Francis Löfvenholm​

WiSE workshop on gender biases

​"I’ve never experienced gender as a problem" 

Welcome to a WiSE workshop with Nanna Gillberg, researcher and author engaged in equality, digitalisation and medialisation. The workshop aims to uncover the history and contemporary expressions of our unconscious gender biases to show how biases and their effects can be eradicated.  ​​​

While all formal barriers to gender equality have been eliminated, it is expected to take another 185 years to achieve gender equality in Sweden. The delay is due to the informal gender organising mechanisms that still prevail. These are found in our minds in the form of notions of what it means to be a woman and a man, as well as built into our societal structures. Generally, we are not aware of the notions on gender that we carry around and which are also embedded in society’s division of labour, responsibility, power, and resources. Ingrained in our culture and our structures, they have become invisible and are taken for granted. In spite of their invisible status, the informal mechanisms make their mark in practice in a number of ways. Both men and women for example are more prone to relating to and identifying with men than women and find it easier to see competence and authority in men. Men’s approval carries more weight than that of women. This workshop uncovers the history and contemporary expressions of our unconscious gender biases to show how biases and their effects can be eradicated.
Nanna Gillberg (​) is a researcher at Gillberg Neuropsychiatric Center at the Sahlgenska Accademy and at the Gothenburg Research Institute at the School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg. Her research focuses on how digitalization and medialization affect norms and values, social climate and economic value creation. She is author of several books among which "Jag har aldrig märkt att kön har haft någon betydelse" in which she highlights the informal mechanisms give rise contributes to gender inequality despite all the legislations, official rhetoric and political initiatives taken to end it.

The workshop is open to anyone with an interest in female role models within academia - especially from Chalmers, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Sahlgrenska Academy, Gothenburg University, Borås University, and MedTech West.

WiSE – Women in Science – aims to create a supportive network for young female researchers during their academic career. WiSE is a joint project between MedTech West and the department of Electrical Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology.

Category Workshop
Location: SB-L200, Sven Hultins Gata 6, Campus Johanneberg
Starts: 10 March, 2020, 13:30
Ends: 10 March, 2020, 17:00

Published: Fri 24 Jan 2020.