Abduction, Reproduction, and Postcolonial Infrastructures of Data

February 27, 2014 University of Toronto From the colloquia series “Feminist & Queer Approaches to Technoscience” Gabby Resch: It is a great honor for me to be able to introduce today’s speaker, Michelle Murphy, for the colloquium series. Michelle is a professor in both the history department and the women and gender studies program here […]

Double Exposure—Sex Workers, Biomedical Prevention Trials, and the Dual Logic of Global Public Health

All clinical trials involve an implicit social contract whose redistributive politics are rarely questioned. A small population of research subjects (perhaps a few thousand at most) will be subjected to the unknown risks of consuming an investigational new drug so that these risks will become calculable for the population at large. Unknown risks for the […]

Fat Bodies/Thin Critique: Animating and Absorbing Fat Embodiments

The Pixar/Disney film Wall-E (2008) presents a dystopian vision of the future, where Earth has become overwhelmed by trash and pollution due to a culture of excess consumption, forcing humans to evacuate the planet and live in a starliner traveling in space owned and operated by the megacorporation, Buy n Large. Wall-E (Waste Allocation Load […]

“Yes to Life = No to Mining:” Counting as Biotechnology in Life (Ltd) Guatemala

Poor people are easy to buy. —San Miguel Ixtahuacán choir Our defeat was always implicit in the victory of others. Our wealth has always generated our poverty by nourishing the prosperity of others, the empires and their overseers. In the colonial and neo-colonial alchemy, gold turns into scrap metal and food into poison. —Eduardo Galeano […]

Detroit Youth Passages Photovoice Project

This photovoice project increased awareness about issues of violence and sexual vulnerabilities to youth, their communities, and policy makers through photo exhibitions and other community events. Youth learned photography skills, interacted in group settings, engaged in critical discussions about important issues affecting their health, wrote reflective stories about their photos, and engaged in policy change […]

Beyond Marriage and the Military: Race, Gender, and Radical Sexual Politics in the Age of Neoliberalism

I define neoliberalism as the investment and integration of social movements into state-sponsored institutions, such as electoral power, market power, marriage, citizenship, and the military. In my current project, I am examining how black lesbians and transgender women negotiate their gender/sexual identities and their home communities, and how this affects their mental and physical health. […]

Fear and Fun: Science and Gender, Emotion and Embodiment Under Neoliberalism

Introduced by the Wham-O® company in 1958, the Hula-hoop® filled the playtime of millions of mid-twentieth-century American children who tried to get the hoop rolling nearly effortlessly around their waists using a Hawai’ian-style hip swing (and sometimes giving up on that and instead jumping through it, rolling it, and using it for modified forms of […]

Spatial Stigma, Sexuality, and Neoliberal Decline in Detroit, Michigan

During the past two years, I have been engaged in a multidisciplinary ethnographic project funded under the Ford Foundation initiative, “Youth Sexuality, Health, and Rights in the United States.” The project examines the structural climate of youth sexuality and sexual health through a political economic lens, focusing specifically on three different modalities of sexual commerce […]

“A Grateful Subject”: Legal Abortion, Clientelism, and Health Rights in Mexico City

The construction of subjective notions of rights related to sexuality and/or reproduction is a relevant and timely field of research in contemporary Mexico. From the perspective of Latin American social psychology, I am interested in the analysis of processes that impinge on people recognizing themselves as subjects of “sexual” and/or “reproductive” rights, and the social […]

Outing the Invisible Poor: Why Economic Justice and Access to Health Care is an LGBT Issue

“Outing the Invisible Poor: Why Economic Justice and Access to Health Care is an LGBT Issue” (PDF) is reprinted with permission from the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy, Volume XVII Number 3, Summer 2010. Afterword Since publication of the piece linked above in the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy in 2010, […]