Feminisms Unbound: Cyborg Manifestations
GCWS Feminisms Unbound Panel Series
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Building 4, Room 270
This panel invites scholars to consider the confluences between science and technology studies and gender and sexuality studies in their own research. Feminist, queer, and trans studies scholars attending to science, technology, environment, and disability are dismantling the rubrics of gender and body at the core of our fields in order to think more critically about the material conditions of living inside racial capitalism. For example: Donna Haraway’s cyborg troubles the distinctions between body and technology; Sylvia Wynter asks who can access categories of “man” and “human” under ongoing conditions of captivity; Kim Tallbear discusses indigenous epistemologies that trouble hegemonic distinctions between what is and is not alive; and Jasbir Puar implicates technological warfare in imperialist projects that disable nations and bodies. Science and technology studies not only turns us toward materiality, but also offers analytics to think through social and aesthetic phenomena: virtual, viral, cellular, toxic, and nuclear. Thinking at the interstices of machine and myth, flesh and data, and human, animal, plant, land, and spirit exposes more ways that bodies are governed, and imagines more possibilities for minoritarian subjects to steal away from surveillance. How are science and technology working to liberate and delimit gender and sexuality? How do empiricism and imagination work together? How do we facilitate interdisciplinary scholarship across the silos of the neoliberal campus?