Monday, December 4, 2017 at 3:30pm to 5:00pm
401 Physical Sciences Building
Trans*speciated Bodies and Other Queer Biolgies in the Age of Epidemic
This talk explores the biological-social force of microbes today and in the near-future, when it seems as if epidemics have become awfully endemic and we are told that “microbes are us.” Giving ethnographic accounts of infrastructures, institutions, and sciences erected in the name of public health and the practices and imaginations of people who identify themselves as part virus, part horse, part microbe, part cosmic, the talk tracks modes of self-making, bodily practices, and health governance in worlds awash in microbes and the tricky, troubling, and precarious, relations of symbiosis – mutualistic, commensal, parasitic – that emerge. The talk muses that through these accounts and others, the human comes to be understood and experienced as interspecies, shaped both vitally and violently by trans-species interactions. In turn, the talks asks what sorts of planetary ethics of care, of survival, of kin(ship), of getting along together might take form when “we” turn out to be ecologies.
Photo credit: Joana Ricou. 2011. Other-Self: Human Microbiome. www.joanaricou.com