Eating history: food, body, and temporality in the postindustrial era
A seminar presented by Associate Professor Hannah Landecker, Director of the Institute for Society and Genetics, University of California Los Angeles.
Scientific or technical things and ideas are also cultural, literary, political and philosophical in nature. However, modern disciplines have divided things up in very particular ways – the sociologist Émile Durkheim described it as the way in which individuals were understood as productive only if they “plowed their own furrow.” Many aspects of our industrialized world produce objects and processes, from climate change to endocrine disruptors, that challenge these classical distinctions between science and society, nature and culture. The task before the social sciences today is to stop plowing, and to start thinking about how to get out of the furrows. In this talk, I use examples from my own research at the intersection of metabolic sciences and historical and social theory to discuss how to live and think productively with and beyond older disciplinary domains.
Date: Thursday 10th September 2015
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Venue: Wills Building (off Wills court), 553 Seminar Room, University of Adelaide
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Bio: Hannah Landecker holds a joint appointment in the life and social sciences at the University of California Los Angeles, where she is the Director of the Institute for Society and Genetics, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology. Her PhD in Science and Technology Studies from MIT was followed by a postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, and several years teaching medical anthropology at Rice University, before moving to UCLA in 2008. She is the author of Culturing Life: How Cells Became Technologies (Harvard, 2007), and a body of work on the use of film technology in the life sciences. Her research draws on and contributes to issues central to feminist science studies: the commercialization of life and reproduction, biology as a site of social engineering, implications of epigenetics for the social and self-governance of pregnancy, and philosophical tensions between plasticity and determinism in biomedical explanations of human nature and disease.
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