UBC Okanagan STS Reading Group

2019/20 Topic: STS and Kinship

Convened by Heather Latimer (Gender & Women’s Studies) and Natalie Forssman (School of Engineering), the UBC Okanagan STS Reading Group is intended to bring together faculty and graduate students across the disciplines whose research and teaching is related to Science and Technology Studies (STS).

STS approaches the study of science and technology from perspectives and intellectual traditions associated with the humanities and social sciences. STS challenges deeply entrenched ideas about the autonomy of science and technology, encouraging the development of innovative cross-disciplinary approaches to the interplay between technoscience and society, politics, culture, materiality, and history.

For our inaugural year (2019-202), we are reading texts that challenge the naturalization of kinship, as defined through hereditary, biological relations or legal regimes. Taking advantage of the generative multidisciplinarity of STS, and the multiple points of intersection in the UBCO research community with kinship broadly defined, our readings and discussions will address what counts as kinship by turning to plural forms of relatedness and belonging. Addressing topics such as multispecies relationships, new reproductive technologies, Indigenous wisdom, affective forms of kinship, and planetary crisis, we will examine how kinship bonds are currently being reformed through cultural objects, emergent technologies, and environmental practices.