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STS/CSIS Food for Thought, Thurs. Feb. 9th: Michelle Murphy - "Against population, Towards Alterlife"

When Feb 09, 2017
from 12:00 PM to 02:00 PM
Where Social Science Building 1246 (STS Conference Room)
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Please join us for our first STS/CSIS Food for Thought event of the winter with:

Dr. Michelle Murphy

Professor of History and Women and Gender Studies

University of Toronto

"Against population, Towards Alterlife"

Thursday, February 9th - 12:00 noon - 2:00 pm in the STS/CSIS conference room (SS # 1246)

What concepts of reproduction might be adequate to ubiquitous and ongoing environmental and racist violence? What is reproduction anyway? This short paper attempts to put redistribution into reproduction and to orient the question of reproduction towards decolonial futures. It offers the concept of "alterlife," as a way to name the struggle to exist again but differently when already in a conflicted, damaging, and deadly condition, as a way to name a condition of already having been altered, of already being in the aftermath.  This work takes as its starting point reproductive and environmental justice on the Great Lakes.

As usual, we will pre-circulate a text which will be briefly introduced, followed by an extensive discussion of the work. Food and refreshments will be provided!


Please RSVP with Adrian using the google form below and to receive a copy of the text!



Michelle Murphy is a feminist technoscience studies scholar and historian of the recent past whose research concerns reproductive and environmental justice. She is the author of Seizing the Means of Reproduction: Feminism, Health and Technoscience (Duke University Press, 2012) and Sick Building Syndrome: Environmental Politics, Technoscience, and Women Workers (Duke UP 2006), winner of the Fleck Prize from 4S. Her forthcoming book is titled The Economization of Life (Duke UP 2017).  Her current project is called Alter Life in the Aftermath of Chemical Violence and explores the decolonial futures of being already altered by industrially produced chemicals, especially endocrine disrupting chemicals. She is Director of the Technoscience Research Unit, co-organizer with Natasha Myers of the Technoscience Salon, a member of the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative and a Professor of History and Women and Gender Studies at the University of Toronto.

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