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Molecular Feminisms: Biology, Becomings, and Life in the Lab


By Deboleena Roy

Associate Professor and Chair of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, with a joint appointment in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology

"Should feminists clone?" "What do neurons think about?" "How can we learn from bacterial writing?" These and other provocative questions have long preoccupied neuroscientist, molecular biologist, and intrepid feminist theorist Deboleena Roy, who takes seriously the capabilities of lab "objects"—bacteria and other human, nonhuman, organic, and inorganic actants—in order to understand processes of becoming.

Read the full description at the University of Washington Press. This book was published as part of the TOME initiative. 

From the author

As a feminist scientist, I argue that learning how to see the world around us is also about learning how to encounter that world. Molecular Feminisms creates an opportunity for interdisciplinary conversations and aims to provide theoretical and practical toolkits for producing scientific knowledge that is “otherwise.” The book addresses ontological, epistemological, and ethical questions as they relate to biology and matter. It turns to the scientific work of feminists and anti-colonial figures to help reframe dominant modes of thought in both feminist politics and molecular biology research.

Molecular Feminisms contributes to the field of feminist science and technology studies, which is committed to promoting digital scholarship and to making research publications and activities more accessible to both experts and non-experts. Open access publication extends the reach of this book to the natural sciences as well as the humanities and allows for the democratization of knowledge, which is an important goal for all feminist work.

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