"Should feminists clone?" "What do neurons think about?" "How can we learn from bacterial writing?" These and other provocative questions have long preoccupied neuroscientist, molecular biologist, and intrepid feminist theorist Deboleena Roy, who takes seriously the capabilities of lab "objects"—bacteria and other human, nonhuman, organic, and inorganic actants—in order to understand processes of becoming.
In Molecular Feminisms, Roy investigates science as feminism at the lab bench, engaging in an interdisciplinary conversation between molecular biology, Deleuzian philosophies, posthumanism, and postcolonial and decolonial studies. She brings insights from feminist theory together with lessons learned from bacteria, subcloning, and synthetic biology, arguing that renewed interest in matter and materiality must be accompanied by a feminist rethinking of scientific research methods and techniques.
This event is sponsored by Agnes Scott College Departments of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Philosphy, and Neuroscience. It takes place on campus in the Luchsinger Lounge which is on the first floor of the Alston Student Center building. It is free and open to the public. Charis will sell books.
Deboleena Roy is Chair of the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Emory University. She holds a joint faculty position as Associate Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, and is also Associate Faculty in the Neuroscience Program, Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Emory. She received her PhD in reproductive neuroendocrinology and molecular biology from the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto. She was a visiting scholar at the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women at Brown University and has held faculty fellowships at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University and the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Emory University.
Open-access edition: DOI 10.6069/j163-3c90