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Biophilosophies of Becoming.

"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 that have typically been ignored or purposely not addressed. In her talk Biophilosophies of Becoming, Roy investigates science as feminism at the lab bench, engaging in interdisciplinary conversations between molecular biology, Deleuzian philosophies, posthumanism, and postcolonial and decolonial studies that can create new social orders through horizontal social movements. 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.



Prof. Dr. Deboleena Roy

Deboleena Roy ist Vorsitzende des Instituts für Frauen-, Geschlechter- und Sexualitätsstudien an der Emory University. Sie ist Professorin für WGSS und Neurowissenschaften und Verhaltensbiologie.

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