On nested frictions in physics cultures
In this talk I shall discuss physics cultures as cultural ecologies where gender is materialized in a practiced place teeming with vibrant and frictioned materials. Physics institutes can be perceived as a habitat where materials and meanings continuously emerge and affect the cultural ecology. In this habitat of mattering matter what is recognized as genders is co-shaped with scientific commitments and thematic orientations. In this amalgamation frictioned forces eject and attract male and female physicists in a vibrant dance of shifting positions. The cultural diversity found in the UPGEM project (Understanding Puzzles in the Gendered European Map) is analysed from this perspective.