Plant Evolutionary Biologist to Lecture May 6

Banu Subramaniam will discuss race, gender and the practice of science

Banu Subramaniam

Banu Subramaniam

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Plant evolutionary biologist Banu Subramaniam will present The Jane Block Distinguished Lecture in Women’s Studies at the University of California, Riverside on Tuesday, May 6, at 12:45 p.m. in the Genomics Auditorium.

The lecture, titled “Alien ‘Bio’graphies: Race, Gender, and the Practice of Science,” is free and open to the public. Parking permits may be purchased at kiosks at the University Avenue and Martin Luther King Boulevard entrances to the campus.

Subramaniam, associate professor of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, will discuss conceptions of women/gender and science, specifically how theories of nature, evolution and demographic histories have shifted over time.

“Banu Subramaniam is a leader in the new generation of Feminist Science Studies scholars and a real pioneer in connecting gender with the practice of scientific research,” said Marguerite Waller, chair of the Department of Women’s Studies.

Subramaniam chairs the Digital Feminisms project of the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center, a collaboration of Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst as a site for international scholarly activity on issues relating to women and gender. She is the author of “Ghost Stories for Darwin: The Science of Variation and the Politics of Diversity” (Illinois University Press, 2014) and is co-editor of Feminist Science Studies: A New Generation” (Routledge, 2001) and “Making Threats: Biofears and Environmental Anxieties” (Rowman and Littlefield, 2005).

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