Science, Sexuality and (In)Security
Friday, February 28th, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Art Annex, UC Davis Campus
This roundtable event focused on emergent ethical concerns around race / ethnicity, reproductive technologies, and the production of national ontological insecurities. The dialogue centered on how "New" racism and sexism, and "Old" homophobia manifest in the 21st century to regulate and contain sexual and reproductive freedom and mobility
Social Justice, Culture, and (In)Security
The UC Davis Mellon Research Initiative “Social Justice, Culture, and (In)Security” was established out of Hart Hall in 2012, following widely and diversely expressed social justice concerns arising from the UC Davis pepper spray incident of November 2011.
The vision of this interdisciplinary project is designed to create intellectual dialogue across multiple contexts and communities with a focus on social justice work.
Speakers' biographical notes
Amina Mama: A professor of Women and Gender Studies at UC Davis, Amina Mama is a Nigerian-British researcher, scholar and feminist who has lived and worked in various European and African tertiary institutions, developing transformative research and pedagogic methodologies. She serves as editor of the gender studies journal Feminist Africa.
Sandra Harding: a Distinguished Professor of Education and Gender Studies, Harding is the editor or author of 12 books, including The Science Question in Feminism (1986), Whose Science? Whose Knowledge? (1991), Sciences From Below: Feminisms, Postcolonialities, and Modernities (2008) and The Postcolonial Science and Technology Studies Reader (2011).
Lisa C. Ikemoto: Lisa C. Ikemoto is on the faculty at University of California-Davis School of Law, a Bioethics Associate of the U.C. Davis Health System Bioethics Program, and a Faculty Associate of the U.C. Davis Center for Science and Innovation Studies. Her research areas include reproductive and genetic technology uses, health care disparities, and public health law.
Kim TallBear: an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin, Kim TallBear's current research project is “Constituting Knowledge across Cultures of Expertise and Tradition: Indigenous Bio-scientists.” She is the author of Native American DNA: Tribal Belonging and the False Promise of Genetic Science (University of Minnesota Press, 2013).
Elena R. Gutiérrez: an Associate Professor in Gender and Women's Studies and Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of Illinois, Chicago and a Visiting Researcher at the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at the UC Berkeley, Elena R. Gutiérrez is the author of Fertile Matters: The Politics of Mexican origin Women's Reproduction (University of Texas Press, 2008).
Camisha Russell: a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Irvine, Camisha Russell's dissertation, The Assisted Reproduction of Race: Thinking Through Race as a Reproductive Technology, which she is currently revising for publication, explores the role of race and racial identity in the ideas and practices surrounding assisted reproductive technologies.