ARCSHS Distinguished Lecture Series: Catherine Waldby
ARCSHS is turning 25! To celebrate we're hosting a Distinguished Lecture Series showcasing senior academics from Australia and abroad discussing contemporary issues in sexuality, health and the social dimensions of human relationships. Please join us at the next lecture in the series.
- Thursday 21 September 2017 05:30 pm until Thursday 21 September 2017 07:00 pm (Add to calendar)
- Wendy Heywood
- Presented by:
- Catherine Waldby
- Type of Event:
Reproduction and Social Order
Professor Catherine Waldby
Director of the Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University
From Frankenstein and Brave New World to The Handmaid’s Tale and Orphan Black, reproduction often figures as the means to imagine a dystopian social order. The organisation of conception, gestation, birth, or the possibility of life created through technique rather than ‘proper’ biology, are located at the centre of oppressive regimes or the nightmarish experience of creatures manufactured in a laboratory. In this lecture I will use some of these texts, as well as historical and contemporary social practices around reproduction, to consider how we can better understand the relationship between reproduction as a biological and social capacity and the ways power relations more broadly are articulated. In particular I will consider the ways the ordering of reproduction was central to the working of the 20th century welfare state and national economy, and is central to contemporary geopolitics.
Professor Catherine Waldby is Director of the Research School of Social Sciences, at the Australian National University, and Visiting Professor at the Department of Social Science and Medicine at King's College London. Her researches focuses on social studies of biomedicine and the life sciences. Her recent books include The Global Politics of Human Embryonic Stem Cell Science: Regenerative Medicine in Transition, (with Herbert Gottweis and Brian Salter, Palgrave 2009) and Clinical Labour: Tissue donors and Research Subjects in the Global Bioeconomy (with Melinda Cooper, Duke University Press 2014). With Nikolas Rose and Ilina Singh, she is the editor of BioSocieties: an interdisciplinary journal for the social studies of life sciences. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and a member of the History and Philosophy committee of the Academy of Science. She has received national and international research grants for her work on stem cells, blood donation and biobanking.
Thursday 21 September 2017, 5.30pm
Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS),
La Trobe University, 215 Franklin Street, Melbourne 3000
Nibbles and drinks provided.
215 Franklin Street, Melbourne Victoria 3000
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