Paper Title

Intersectionality, New Materialisms, and Health: Technological Animacies and the Maldistribution of Life Chances

Moderator

Mary Wyer, North Carolina State University at Raleigh

Location

Room 214, West Center

Start Date

2-4-2016 3:30 PM

End Date

2-4-2016 4:45 PM

Keywords

intersectionality, biopolitics, necropolitics, new materialism, trans, intersex, queer

Abstract

How does intersectionality operate in the context of the posthuman turn? How are feminist scholars thinking the animacy and affect of technological objects, particularly those that are intimately related to questions of life, death, and subjective/communal flourishing, utilizing tools derived for complicating feminist theories of human subjectivity? This panel merges intersectionality and feminist new materialisms in its interrogation of three different technologies that pose significant challenges to conventional humanist understandings of gender, health, and community: hormones, life support, and social media. Each paper tracks the interface between these technologies and minoritized populations, paying attention to the ways in which these techno-human interfaces are mediated by enmeshed hierarchies of race, gender, and sexuality that significantly shape the life chances and necro-vulnerability of differently disenfranchised communities.

Please click the links below to view more information about each presentation. “Compromised Access: Hormones, Transition, and Necropolitics”

Hilary Malatino, East Tennessee State University

“I Saw It On Tumblr: Social Media, Intersectionality, and Queer Research”

Emma Fredrick, East Tennessee State University

“Necro-Crip Affinities and the Death of Intersectionality”

Lindsey Breitwieser, Indiana University – Bloomington

“Celebration and Sadness: Disability Studies with Mother and Daughter”

Alison Piepmeier, College of Charleston

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Apr 2nd, 3:30 PM Apr 2nd, 4:45 PM

Intersectionality, New Materialisms, and Health: Technological Animacies and the Maldistribution of Life Chances

Room 214, West Center

How does intersectionality operate in the context of the posthuman turn? How are feminist scholars thinking the animacy and affect of technological objects, particularly those that are intimately related to questions of life, death, and subjective/communal flourishing, utilizing tools derived for complicating feminist theories of human subjectivity? This panel merges intersectionality and feminist new materialisms in its interrogation of three different technologies that pose significant challenges to conventional humanist understandings of gender, health, and community: hormones, life support, and social media. Each paper tracks the interface between these technologies and minoritized populations, paying attention to the ways in which these techno-human interfaces are mediated by enmeshed hierarchies of race, gender, and sexuality that significantly shape the life chances and necro-vulnerability of differently disenfranchised communities.

Please click the links below to view more information about each presentation. “Compromised Access: Hormones, Transition, and Necropolitics”

Hilary Malatino, East Tennessee State University

“I Saw It On Tumblr: Social Media, Intersectionality, and Queer Research”

Emma Fredrick, East Tennessee State University

“Necro-Crip Affinities and the Death of Intersectionality”

Lindsey Breitwieser, Indiana University – Bloomington

“Celebration and Sadness: Disability Studies with Mother and Daughter”

Alison Piepmeier, College of Charleston