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 […]

Shooting Theory – An Accident of Fast Feminism

January 16, 2014 University of Toronto From the colloquia series “Feminist & Queer Approaches to Technoscience” Rebecka Sheffield: I am very excited to introduce our speaker today, Dr. Shannon Bell. Dr. Bell is a performance philosopher who lives and writes philosophy in action and experimental philosophy. She is also the founder of fast feminism, or […]

Trans of Color Poetics: Stitching Bodies, Concepts, and Algorithms

On October 6, 2015, Keisha Jenkins was shot and killed in Philadelphia, becoming the twenty-first trans woman killed in the US that year.[1] 2014 saw trans women of color gaining unprecedented visibility in the mainstream media, an increase in visibility that coincided with a dramatic increase in the number of murders, up from fourteen in […]

In Search of My Robot: Race, Technology, and the Asian American Body

“Who is machine, who is creature, what is human?” —Glen A. Mazis, Humans, Animals, Machines: Blurring Boundaries[1] “Boundaries don’t hold; times, places, beings bleed through one another.” —Karen Barad, “Diffracting Diffraction: Cutting Together-Apart”[2] I’ve been searching, and in my search, I find my robot within and in the gaps between the deep legacy of feminist […]

Poop Worlds: Material Culture and Copropower (or, Toward a Shitty Turn)

There is something virtually every reader of this essay has done or will do today. Poop. Maybe on the run in a public stall or during a cherished break while reading or staring off. Most likely not into a diaper, but maybe you’ll clean one up. Poop unites us in a collective flow of fecund, […]

About this Issue

This special issue of The Scholar & Feminist Online, edited by Rachel C. Lee, comes to you out of a symposium organized by UCLA’s Center for the Study of Women in May of 2012. Like the symposium, this special issue foregrounds scholarship at the intersections of science and technology studies, feminist and queer studies, and […]


This special issue of The Scholar & Feminist Online is devoted to new scholarship at the intersection of science and technology studies (hereafter STS), race/postcolonial studies, and feminist and queer theory, with a special emphasis on three areas of research: Eugenic Legacies and Infrastructures of Reproduction, Cross-species and Cross-kingdom Enmeshments, and Governmentality and Activism in […]

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 […]

Distributed Reproduction, Chemical Violence, and Latency

Remains fall to the shallow sea floor. Silt and sand accumulate above.[1] Centuries tick by, the sea dries, and a thick layer of sediment presses. Once live matter transforms and waits in the geological archive. Then, in 1860, long dormant oil is pulled into activity by North America’s first commercial oil well in Oil Springs, […]

Biopolitics of Adoption

From the 1930s through the 1970s, first eugenics and then the Cold War made “overpopulation” a key word in defining the nature and cause of “Third World” poverty, as well as what the form of its solution—development—would be. Defining fertility as the problem simultaneously decentered blame—it was not colonialism or extractive world economic systems that […]