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Disentangling Food Ethics: Activism as Theory with Dr Eva Giraud

Between STS and the New Materialisms: Affinities and Alliances in Troubling Times - a seminar series from the BSA Science and Technology Studies and New Materialisms Study Groups

4 May 2021 (14:00-15:00 GMT)

About the Event

  • Speaker: Dr Eva Giraud - Senior Lecturer, Keele University
  • Title: Disentangling Food Ethics: Activism as Theory

Eva Giraud is a senior lecturer in Media, Culture and Creative Practice at Keele University. Dr Giraud's research in critical/cultural theory and feminist science studies considers how environmental and food activists negotiate tensions associated with their use of media platforms. Dr Giraud also considers non-anthropocentric theoretical work, which explores ways of thinking and acting in the world that move beyond human exceptionalism.

About the Seminar Series

For the past 50 years, Science and Technology Studies (STS) has critically dissected the scientific endeavour, and exposed the overt and covert politics and cultures of science and technology practice and policy. More recently a ‘materialist’ turn in the social sciences and humanities has unpicked Enlightenment ontologies of human and non-human, to recognise the vitality of all matter and reveal the micropolitics of body/technology assemblages.

In this seminar series, we consider what STS and the new materialisms can offer each other, asking questions including: How may new materialisms pose critical questions of science, scientific progress and STS itself? What may the insights of STS supply to a new materialist project of post-humanising academic disciplines and society?

Our three speakers offer perspectives on these issues from feminist science studies, queer feminist theory, postcolonial studies and biological sciences. Their exciting talks will consider food ethics and activism, critical reflections on race, sexuality, and power, and microphysiological approaches to desire and matter. These diverse and interdisciplinary talks will allow fruitful conversations and collaborative modes of working, and encourage attendees from both disciplines to build affinities and alliances around some of the most challenging issues facing us today.

Next in the Series

18 May 2021 (14:00-15:00 GMT)
Speaker: Dr Angie Willey - Associate Professor of Feminist Science Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Title: TBC

1 June 2021 (15:00-16:00 GMT)
Speaker: Professor Deboleena Roy - Professor of Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Emory University
Title: Microphysiologies of Desire and an Ethics of Matter


This event is free of charge, however, registration is required.