ARCSHS Distinguished Lecture Series: Catherine Waldby

ARCSHS is turning 25!

To celebrate we’re hosting a Distinguished Lecture Series showcasing senior academics from Australia and abroad discussing contemporary issues in sexuality, health and the social dimensions of human relationships.

Reproduction and Social Order with Professor Catherine Waldby (Director of the Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University)

Abstract: From Frankenstein and Brave New World to The Handmaid’s Tale and Orphan Black, reproduction often figures as the means to imagine a dystopian social order. The organisation of conception, gestation, birth, or the possibility of life created through technique rather than ‘proper’ biology, are located at the centre of oppressive regimes or the nightmarish experience of creatures manufactured in a laboratory. In this lecture I will use some of these texts, as well as historical and contemporary social practices around reproduction, to consider how we can better understand the relationship between reproduction as a biological and social capacity and the ways power relations more broadly are articulated. In particular I will consider the ways the ordering of reproduction was central to the working of the 20th century welfare state and national economy, and is central to contemporary geopolitics.

Event details

Date: Thursday, 21 September 2017

Time: 5:30pm

Location: Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University
Room 1.04, 215 Franklin St, Melbourne 3000

Bookings: This event is free but bookings are essential.