[csaa-forum] AusSTS2021 Online Keynote: Prof Michelle Murphy

Thao Phan thaophan03 at gmail.com
Thu Jun 10 23:06:22 ACST 2021

Please join us for the #AusSTS2021 keynote seminar with Prof Michelle
Murphy, chaired by Dr Timothy Neale.

This free event is part of AusSTS 2021: Situated Practice - A multi-sited
All are welcome to attend.

*Register here: https://aussts2021-michellemurphy.eventbrite.com.au


Pollution, Colonialism, and Re-imagining Chemicals


In communities and in universities, environmental justice projects often
must mobilize scientific understandings of what chemical pollutants are and
do. Yet, the technical information about what pollutants are and do is so
often created by the very corporate and state actors who are most culpable
for creating pollution. Based on industry produced data collected by
government agencies, the ways that substances are rendered and informated
fail to prevent pollution, but instead oversee a permission-to-pollute
regulatory system. More than this, for Indigenous communities facing
disproportionate environmental violence, pollution is an active form of
settler colonialism and an expression of racial capitalism. This talk
considers how we might rethink what chemical pollution is and does through
epistemologies and responsibilities that better support decolonial land
protection and start with the specific place-thought of the lower Great
Lakes. What might a desire-based understanding of chemical pollutants look
like? What core categories and concerns of environmental justice’s
engagements with technoscience need to be rethought? Building from
Indigenous feminisms as well as land defense around the lower Great Lakes,
and with a focus on petrochemical pollution, this talk will consider how
chemicals can be re-imagined with and against technoscience towards
decolonial futures.

*About the speaker:*

*Michelle Murphy *is a Professor in History and Women and Gender Studies at
the University of Toronto, where they are an STS scholar whose research
concerns decolonial and feminist approaches to environmental, reproductive,
and data justice. They are tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Science &
Technology Studies and Environmental Data Justice, as well as Co-Director
of the Technoscience Research Unit, which hosts an Indigenous-led
Environmental Data Justice lab and is home for social justice approaches to
Science and Technology Studies. She is the author of three books: Sick
Building Syndrome and the Problem of Uncertainty, Seizing the Means of
Reproduction, The Economization of Life, all published by Duke University
Press. She is Métis from Winnipeg from a Métis and French Canadian family.

*Watch the seminar:*

The seminar will be available to stream on YouTube live. Access using the
live link: https://youtu.be/4fTL-iRyM3U

*Date/time: *Thursday 24th June, 9:30am - 11am (Australian Eastern Daylight
Time, GMT+11)

Q&A with the speaker to follow. To send questions/participate in the chat,
you'll need to sign-in using a YouTube account.

The seminar will be recorded and available to watch on the SSN YouTube
channel after the Livestream.

If you have any questions, please send to thao.phan1 at deakin.edu.au

*With thanks to our event sponsors:*

   - Science and Society Network, Deakin University
   - Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University
   - Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW
   - Centre for Science in Society, Victoria University of Wellington
   - The Emerging Technologies Research Lab, Monash University
   - The National Committee for the History and Philosophy of Science
   - TopEndSTS <https://topendsts.cdu.edu.au/>
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