Feminism, Science & Materialism conference

One of the treasured books I carried with me from the USA to Paris to Berlin is my heavily marked up copy of the Haraway Reader from  grad school. The book give me my first, and partial, introduction to feminism, science and materialism as a tripartite and coextensive site of inquiry and thought. It also taught me a lot about how to think and write. As an historian of technology and media theorist--topics that are sometimes susceptible to a kind of de-historicization through the  supposed neutrality of "technology" or "information"--I've tried to keep abreast of this area, particularly as folks like Mara Mills bring new topics like disability into the analytical mix. For that reason this announcment jumped out at me. I don't think I can make it to NY in February, but maybe you can.

 

Call for Papers: Feminism, Science & Materialism conference

Graduate Center, City University of New York
February 14-15, 2013

Keynote Speaker: Karen Barad

In the past decade, feminist theory has elaborated new materialist
perspectives to re-imagine nature, biology, and matter more generally and
to critically address new developments in biology, physics, neuroscience
and other scientific disciplines. This scholarship revisits the
relationship between human corporeality and subjectivity, questions and
redefines the boundaries of human and non-human and nature and culture,
and elaborates on their mutual entanglements. New feminist theories
address materialization as a complex and open process and matter as
lively and productive.

This conference, organized jointly by the Center for the Study of Women
and Society and the Committee on Interdisciplinary Science Studies at the
Graduate Center, will engage with feminist perspectives on the
onto-epistemological questions raised by the materialist turn. We invite
papers from various disciplines that address a wide range of issues,
including, but not limited to:

- The intellectual and scientific context of the new turn toward
materialism

- The relation of matter -- including the biological body -- to the
social.

- The relation between new materialism and previous materialisms (such as
Marxism and phenomenology) and particularly their feminist elaborations.
What are the continuities and discontinuities between feminist
materialisms from the 1970s thru the current moment?

- The insights, knowledge and methodologies offered by the new
materialist studies of science offered.  What new frontiers have they
opened? What can the ³new sciences² offer for feminist theory?

- The political implications of neo-materialism for feminism as a
project, theory and a movement for social justice. How can we account for
durable hierarchies and the normative production of gender, race, class
and sexuality within new materialist frameworks?

- Critical applications of ³agential realism,² as elaborated by Karen
Barad, and other theoretical innovations for addressing
material-discursive relations and the epistemological questions they raise

- Empirical research using materialist feminist frameworks

Space for paper presentations is limited. To apply, please send an
extended abstract of 1000 words and a short bio to
feminism.science@gmail.com by November 1, 2012.