Community Ecologies: Invasive Species & Interdisciplinary Crossings
Speaker: Banu Subramaniam, Associate Professor of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Presenters: Peggy Schultz, Director of Biology Outreach, Department of Biology, Indiana University, Bloomington
James Bever, Professor of Biology, Indiana University, Bloomington
U-M Discussants: Nadine Naber, Associate Professor, Arab American Studies, American Culture, Women's Studies
Jacinta Beehner, Assistant Professor, Anthropology, Psychology.
Imagine a garden; now imagine the seemingly innocuous language you might use to select suitable plantings. In Community Ecologies, three transdisciplinary scholars of biology and feminist science studies will discuss their collaborative theoretical and experimental work on 'invasive species." These scholars will ask how certain plant and animal species come to be seen as invasive and thus foreign and how this terminology parallels language around humans and migration. How might experiments on soil/plant interactions speak to xenophobia? How does invasion biology relate to community ecology? And, what does it mean to do ecology as a critically and politically engaged scientist? In this event, Banu Subramaniam (Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies), Peggy Schultz (Biology Outreach), and James Bever (Biology) discuss their deeply interdisciplinary and collaborative research, and its compelling implications for close ties between feminist science studies, transnational feminisms, and biology/ecology.
This event is part of IRWG's Program in Feminist Science Studies.