SF: String Figures, Multispecies Muddles, Staying with the Trouble

Donna Haraway, University of California, Santa Cruz

Public Lecture

Monday March 24, 2014
5:15 – 7:00 p.m.
University of Alberta Faculty Club

11435 Saskatchewan Drive
Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2G9

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Donna Haraway is Distinguished Professor Emerita in the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California at Santa Cruz. She earned her PhD in Biology at Yale Univeristy in 1972 and has taught the history of science, science and technology studies, and feminist theory at the University of Hawaii, Johns Hopkins University, and, since 1980, the University of California at Santa Cruz. She has been the principle adviser for over 60 doctoral students and served as committee member for many more in North America, Europe, and Australia. In 2000 she was awarded the JD Bernal Prize, the Society for Social Studies of Science’s highest honor, for distinguished life-time contributions to the field. Haraway is in demand as a lecturer internationally, and her work, translated into more than 15 languages, has been widely anthologized. Haraway’s current projects include: (1) a book of very short pieces called Elderberries, focusing on surprising tangles for human and nonhuman critters accompanying each other growing older together; (2) a series of essays titled Staying with the Trouble, which weave together human and nonhuman engagements in multispecies art activisms, histories, ethnographies, technologies, and sciences.

Donna Haraway is one of the few contemporary scholars who can claim to have genuinely influenced the development of multiple fields of disciplinary inquiry through their work. Over the past twenty-five years, Haraway has challenged many epistemic divides that are foundational to the way in which we, in this contemporary moment, have come to understand the world—the binary between nature and culture, the divide between sex and gender, and the messy lines between practice and theory foremost among them. In groundbreaking books such as Primate Visions (1989), Simians, Cyborgs, and Women (1991), Modest_Witness@ Second_Millennium. FemaleMan© Meets OncoMouse™ (1997), Haraway has insisted that we understand the ways in which human subjects and their epistemic systems are shaped by the multiple environments they inhabit (political, economic, technological, literary, cultural, and social situatedness); importantly, she has also pointed to the ways in which categories such as “facts” and “objective knowledge” that remain so crucial to scientific inquiry are produced by semiotic systems that are essential to examine. "We are not simply born into some sort of 'natural' order,” Haraway writes in Simians. “Organisms emerge from a discursive process."

Haraway's influence is felt widely in cultural studies, contemporary art and media theory, women's studies, political theory, primatology, literature and philosophy. Donna Haraway's prolific publications are required reading across the arts, humanities and social sciences. This lecture will be of interest to many.