Geneva, NY- “Performing Culture/Performing Nature, or How Matter Comes to Matter,” the last in a series of six discussions hosted this semester by Hobart and William Smith Colleges through the Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men, will feature Karen Barad, who will discuss how scientists come to know nature and what nature actually means to scientists who study it. She will be reading the physics of Niels Bohr against the feminist philosophy of Judith Butler.
The lecture will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 29, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library on Pulteney St., on the HWS campus. A morning seminar discussion will be held at 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, November 2, in Room 212, Demarest Hall.
Barad is a professor of women's studies and philosophy at Mount Holyoke College. She is also the author of numerous articles on physics, feminist epistemology, science philosophy and cultural studies, and feminist theory, and is currently writing a book titled Meeting the Universe Halfway.
Barad was a national board member for the Association of American Colleges and Universities “Women and Scientific Literacy: Building Two-Way Streets” Project. Her recent articles include “Agential Realism,” in Encyclopedia of Feminist Theories, “Reconceiving Scientific Literacy as Agential Literacy, or Learning How to Intra-act Responsibly Within the World,” in Doing Culture and Science, and “Agential Realism: Feminist Interventions in Understanding Scientific Practices,” in The Science Studies Reader.
This event is free and open to the public.