Book Launch – Molecular Feminisms: Biology, Becomings, and Life in the Lab

Book Launch Event
Molecular Feminisms: Biology, Becomings, and Life in the Lab
Deboleena Roy
Tuesday 26th March, 4:30pm
River Room, King’s College London
King’s Building 2nd Floor, Strand, London WC2R 2LS

molfemThe Department of Global Health and Social Medicine and the Biotechnology and Society Research Group (BioS, King’s College London) kindly invite you to the London book launch of “Molecular Feminisms: Biology, Becomings and Life in the Lab” by Professor Deboleena Roy. The book will be introduced by Professor Anne Pollock (KCL), followed by invited responses by Professor Charis Thompson (LSE), Associate Professor Jennifer Hamilton (Hampshire College), Professor Joyce Harper (UCL), Associate Professor Sonja Van Wichelen (University of Sydney) and by the author. The audience will be encouraged to join in the discussion, and to continue the conversation over drinks and nibbles.

“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.

DEBOLEENA ROY is associate professor and chair of the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and holds a joint appointment in the Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology Program at Emory University.

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