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Microphysiologies of Desire and an Ethics of Matter with Professor Deboleena Roy

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

1 June 2021 (15:00-16:00 GMT)

About the Event

  • 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

Deboleena Roy is Professor of Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Emory University. Professor Roy is interested in developing feminist practices that contribute to scientific inquiry in the lab. Professor Roy's areas of research and teaching include neuroscience, molecular biology, feminist science and technology studies, feminist theory, postcolonial studies, and reproductive justice movements.

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.


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