A feminist glaciology: Is it a piss take?

I cannot decide whether this paper is a send-up and hoax or genuine. It is utter nonsense but that would not be new for a science studies paper.

I thought people would have learnt from the Michael Sokal affair of the 90s, which still gets me laughing.

For myself I have worked on Precambrian glaciation in South Africa and did a historical study of William Buckland’s and Charles Darwin’s work on the Ice Age in wales which they carried out in 1841 and 1842. My research grant for that came to £o.oop

To add more serious geological comment here is an 1831 sketch of Henry de la Beche pouring warm water on Lyell’s ideas that glacial u-shaped valleys could be formed by a slow and stedy trickle of water. Also a reconstruction done a few years but without the warm water. I do think the glacial interpretation is better!




And my favourite new glacier on Mt St Helens



The article I reblogged has disappeared , but here is the abstract of the paper – behind a paywall


Glaciers are key icons of climate change and global environmental change. However, the relationships among gender, science, and glaciers – particularly related to epistemological questions about the production of glaciological knowledge – remain understudied. This paper thus proposes a feminist glaciology framework with four key components: 1) knowledge producers; (2) gendered science and knowledge; (3) systems of scientific domination; and (4) alternative representations of glaciers. Merging feminist postcolonial science studies and feminist political ecology, the feminist glaciology framework generates robust analysis of gender, power, and epistemologies in dynamic social-ecological systems, thereby leading to more just and equitable science and human-ice interactions.

2 thoughts on “A feminist glaciology: Is it a piss take?

  1. Paul Braterman

    Amusingly, what you are reblogging is from a denialist climate site, under the false flag “Climate skepticism”, which refers to James Delingpole’s “importance as a philosopher” and backs Brexit


  2. Paul Braterman

    The paper however is real, as is the author: Carey’s book, In the Shadow of Melting Glaciers: Climate Change and Andean Society, was published in 2010 by Oxford University Press. However, OUP also published Darwin’s Black Box. Impossible to tell without much more work whether this is self-parody spoof, an aberration, or a frightening example of academia gone batshit



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