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Towards a Queer Feminist Critical Materialist Science Studies with Dr Angie Willey

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

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

About the Event

  • Speaker: Dr Angie Willey - Associate Professor of Feminist Science Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Title: Towards a Queer Feminist Critical Materialist Science Studies

Angie Willey is Associate Professor of Feminist Science Studies and Director of the Women’s Studies Research Center at University of Massachusetts Amherst, with expertise in queer feminist theory, settler colonial and postcolonial studies, and the history of gender, sexuality, and race in the biosciences. Dr Willey's research addresses the naturalization of forms of social belonging that undergird the privatization of wealth and care, and considers conditions of possibility for the emergence of other ways of knowing and forms of relationality.

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

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.