Readings and Meeting Dates for 2020-21


Tuesday November 24: ‘Nature

Carson, Rachel. excerpts from Silent Spring. Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1962.

Tuesday December 15: ‘Artifice’

Wosk, Julie. “Introduction” & Chapter 2 (“Mechanical Galateas: Female Automatons and Dolls,”) from My Fair Ladies: Female Robots, Androids, and Other Artificial Eves. Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, 2015.

Benjamin, Ruha. “Introduction” & Chapter 1 (“Engineered Inequity: Are Robots Racist?”), from Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code. Polity Press, Cambridge, 2019.

Tuesday January 26th: Surrogacy

Lewis, Sophie. “Introduction,” from Full Surrogacy Now: Feminism Against Family. Verso, New York, 2019.

Lewis, Sophie. “Do Electric Cheep Dream of Water Babies.” Bodies. 8 (August 3, 2019).

Kayleen Devlin. “The World’s First Artificial Womb for Humans.” Illustrations by Rebecca Hendin, BBC News, BBC, 15 Oct. 2019.

Tuesday February 23rd: Blood

Newman, Brooke N. “Blood Fictions, Maternal Inheritance, and the Legacies of Colonial Slavery.” Women’s Studies Quarterly, vol. 48, no. 1, 2020, pp. 27-44.

TallBear, Kimberly. “Racial Science, Blood, and DNA.” from Native American DNA: Tribal Belonging and the False Promise of Genetic Science. University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, 2013.

Tuesday March 23: Earth

Subramanian, Meera. “Humans versus Earth: the Quest to Define the Anthropocene.” Nature News, Nature Publishing Group, 6 Aug. 2019.

Richard Monastersky. “Anthropocene: The Human Age.” Nature News, Nature Publishing Group, 11 Mar. 2015.

Tuesday April 27: Water

Neimanis, Astrida. “Introduction.” Bodies of Water: Posthuman Feminist Phenomenology. Bloomsbury Academic, London, 2016, doi:10.5040/9781474275415.

Ingersoll, Karin E. “Introduction.” Waves of Knowing: A Seascape Epistemology. Duke University Press, Durham, 2016, doi:10.2307/j.ctv125jhnn.