The Pros and Cons of Artificial Intelligence

Visiting Professorship in Gender Studies at Bielefeld University’s Cluster of Excellence CITEC
Can machines have biases? Why is artificial intelligence also a feminist issue? Dr. Joanna Bryson, an expert in artificial intelligence, pursues questions such as these at Bielefeld University’s Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC). Dr. Bryson is a professor of psychology at the University of Bath in Great Britain. CITEC and the Faculty of Technology has been able to recruit Joanna Bryson as a visiting professor in gender studies for the current 2017 winter semester.

Prof. Dr. Joanna Bryson. Foto: Urs Jaudas

During her stay, Bryson will hold two lectures. On Thursday, 16 November, at 10:00 AM, she will address whether machines can have human-like biases, and will present the findings of her research on this topic. On Wednesday, 22 November, at 10:00 AM, she will speak about feminist and ethical perspectives on artificial intelligence. Both talks will be held in Room 1.204 in the CITEC Building. In addition to these two talks, Bryson will also offer a block seminar on artificial intelligence for students in which she will be using a simulation platform.
Dr. Bryson is an American who teaches at the University of Bath (Great Britain) and is currently a visiting researcher at the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University (New Jersey, USA).
Joanna Bryson is now CITEC’s third visiting professor in gender studies. In June 2017, Professor Dr. Gloria Origgi, from the Institut Jean Nicod in Paris, France, came to Bielefeld as a guest researcher in gender studies, and in 2014, researcher Prof. Selma Šabanović, PhD, from Indiana University Bloomington (USA), taught at CITEC and Bielefeld University. With this visiting professorship in gender studies, the Cluster is sending a signal to include greater gender-sensitive content in both research and teaching.
The Visiting Gender Studies Professorship is a cross-faculty “traveling professorship” at Bielefeld University. With this professorship, Bielefeld University, together with its various faculties, is seeking to strengthen gender-specific content in research and teaching. The goal is to shine a light on women in research and teaching, while also disseminating and embedding knowledge from gender studies research. Bielefeld University has been financing the visiting professorship in gender studies since 2010.

Bielefeld University has previously hosted ten visiting professors in gender studies, including: attorney Dr. Ulrike Lembke (University of Hamburg) and Dr. Barbara Degen (co-founder of the Feministischen Rechtsinstitut [Feminist Legal Institute] in Bonn and Hamburg), as well as epidemiologist Dr. Claudia Terschüren (Landesinstitut für Gesundheit und Arbeit des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen [State Institute for Health and Work in North Rhine-Westphalia]), sociologist Prof. Dr. Cornelia Helfferich (Evangelische Hochschule [Protestant Univeristy of Applied Sciences], Freiburg, Germany), professor of English language and literature Dr. Maryemma Graham (University of Kansas, USA), social robotics researcher Selma Šabanović, PhD (Indiana University in Bloomington, USA), physicist and sociologist Prof. Dr. Martina Merz (University of Klagenfurt, Austria), mathematician Dr. Katharina Habermann (Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen [Göttingen State and University Library], biologist Prof. Dr. Alexandra Kautzky-Willer (Medical University of Vienna, Austria), and philosopher Dr. Gloria Origgi (Institut Jean Nicod, Paris, France).

More information is available online at:

Visiting Professorship in Gender Studies at Bielefeld University:

Visiting Professorship in Gender Studies at CITEC:ät/gender-gastprofessur


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Cluster of Excellence CITEC, Gender and Diversity

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Pressemitteilungen | Pressemitteilung Nr. 157/2017