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Rethinking the Biological Sciences: Haraway, Theory and Culture

Semester and Year FA 2011
Course Number IDSEM-UG1316
Section 001
Instructor Bradley Lewis
Days Tue
Time 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM
Units 4.0
Level U
Foundation Requirement SCI

Description

Rethinking the Biological Sciences: Haraway, Theory and Culture Today’s biology has moved out of the lab and into our biofutures. Genetically modified foods, in vitro fertilization, cloning, the biomedical enhancement debates, neurochemical psychic manipulation, and even the possibility of a posthuman culture all loom on the immediate horizon. These biological developments challenge our familiar ways of thinking, and they upset many of our most cherished categories and priorities. As a result, new ways of thinking must emerge to understand and cope with today’s biological sciences. One of the most important scholars to respond to this challenge is feminist historian of science, Donna Haraway. Haraway is unique because of her extensive use of recent theoretical work from humanities and cultural studies to think again about biology. We devote this class to a close study of her work, and we consider the intellectual context of Haraway’s writing in feminist theory, science fiction, and the biosciences.

Syllabus

IDSEM-UG1316

Course Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

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