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Making Death Matter: A Feminist Technoscience Study of Alzheimer's Sciences in the Laboratory
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, The Department of Gender Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2016 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
Making Death Matter : En feministisk teknovetenskaplig studie om Alzheimers sjukdom i laboratoriet (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

This thesis is a contribution to feminist laboratory studies and a critical engagement with the natural sciences, or more precisely research on the biochemical workings and deadly relations of Alzheimer’s disease emanating from a year of field work in a Drosophila fly lab. The natural sciences have been a point of fascination within the field of gender studies for decades. Such sciences produce knowledge on what gets to count as nature and natural, healthy or sick, normal or not, and they have done it with great societal authority and impact throughout European modernity. However, feminist technoscience scholars argue that science and knowledge is socially produced, and political too. Concepts such as nature, animal, human, body, sex, and life itself are not simply given natural realities but phenomena processed through the naturecultures of the laboratory. Situated within such theoretical and methodological approaches, this thesis wonders how scientific facts about Alzheimer’s disease are made in the lab today. What kinds of realities, bodies and ethico-political concerns are enacted? Who gets to live and who gets to die in everyday laboratory practices? Theoretically, the thesis is grounded, particularly, within Karen Barad’s agential realism and posthumanist performativity, and as such it accounts for human and nonhuman entanglements through which AD is performed in the lab in relational ways. In other words, the thesis explores how AD is enacted in the bodies of transgenic fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster), as these flies embody the disease, live and die with it. Last but not least, the thesis explores the materialities of death, dying, embodiment and biological waste in a biochemistry lab as constitutive parts of the produced knowledge about AD.

Abstract [sv]

Denna avhandling utgör ett bidrag till feministiska laboratoriestudier och är en kritisk analys av naturvetenskaperna. Närmare bestämt är det en feministisk studie av forskning om Alzheimers sjukdom, dess biokemiska verkningar och dödliga relationer utifrån ett års fältarbete som labbtekniker i ett fluglabb. Naturvetenskaperna har under decennier fascinerat genusforskare. Dessa discipliner formar kunskapen om vad som räknas som natur och naturligt, hälsa och sjukdom, normalt eller inte, och de har gjort så med stor samhällelig auktoritet genom Europeisk modernitet. Forskare inom feministiska teknovetenskapliga studier har länge hävdat att vetenskap också är social praktik med politiska implikationer. Begrepp som natur, djur, mänskligt eller kropp, kön och livet självt kan inte tas för givna utan formas också i laboratoriets naturkultur. Med utgångspunkt i sådana feministiska teknovetenskaplig teoribildningar och metodologiska utgångspunkter bearbetar denna avhandling frågor om hur vetenskapliga fakta om Alzheimers sjukdom skapas i laboratoriet idag. Vilka kroppar, verkligheter och etisk-politiska förhållningssätt aktualiseras? Vem får leva och vem får dö i vardagliga laboratoriepraktiker? Teoretiskt bygger avhandlingen framför allt på Karen Barads agentiella realism när den diskuterar sammanvävningen mellan mänskligt och icke-mänskligt, samt det som kallas posthumanistisk performativitet, i relation till Alzheimers sjukdom som den förkroppsligas i transgena fruktflugor (Drosophila melanogaster) i laboratoriet. I särskilt fokus står relationerna som skapas inom den biokemiska forskningen kring död, biologiskt avfall och kroppslighet.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2016. , 263 p.
Series
Linköping Studies in Arts and Science, ISSN 0282-9800 ; 700
Keyword [en]
Agential realism, posthumanities, new materialism, feminist technoscience, STS, gender studies, Human Animal Studies, matters of practice, animal experimentation, spectrum of killability, agential asymmetry, Drosophila melanogaster, fruit flies, Alzheimer’s sciences, laboratory ethnography, biological waste, politics of categorization, mattering death, ethics of relationality.
Keyword [sv]
Agentiell realism, posthumaniora, nymaterialism, feministiska teknovetenskpliga studier, genusvetenskap, STS, human animal studies, vetenskapliga praktiker, djurförsök, agentiell assymetri, Drosophila melanogaster, fruktflugor, Alzheimers sjukdomar, labbetnografi, biologiskt avfall, döden, relationell etik, processontologi
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Gender Studies Cultural Studies History of Ideas Philosophy Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-132635DOI: 10.3384/diss.diva-132635ISBN: 9789176856550 (Print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-132635DiVA: diva2:1047620
Public defence
2016-12-09, TEMCAS, TEMA-huset, Campus Valla, Linköping, 13:15 (English)
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Available from: 2016-11-18 Created: 2016-11-18 Last updated: 2016-11-21Bibliographically approved

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