21 September 2020

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences recently elected three new members. One of these is Ericka Johnson, professor of gender and society at Linköping University. Ericka Johnson was elected to the Class for humanities and for outstanding services to science.

Charlotte Perhammar

Ericka Johnson’s research focusses primarily on medical technologies and their relation to sex, gender, body and identity. With a starting point in feminist science studies, medical sociology and science and technology studies (STS), she is interested in how knowledge of the body is constructed and reproduced. In particular, she has studied Viagra, the HPV vaccine and the prostate. She is currently working on issues that appear when care robots are developed.

Now, Ericka Johnson has been elected member number 1743 of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, in recognition of her outstanding scientific achievements.
Regarding how she wants to contribute to the academy, she says:

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to discuss the advantages of interdisciplinary research – the way it’s conducted at LiU and how it’s expressed by way of the recently established Centre for Medical Humanities and Bioethics here.”

Linda Tacconi at the Max Planck Institute for extraterrestrial Physics and Takehiko Kitamori at the University of Tokyo were elected foreign members of the classes for astronomy and space science and engineering sciences.


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