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Feminist biologies: models, practices and engagements 
Andrea Núñez Casal (Spanish National Research Council (CSIC))
Sam Fernández Garrido (Universidad de Granada)
María J Santesmases (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC))
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Combined Format Open Panel

Short Abstract:

Exploring past, present and speculative futures in STS at the intersections of theory and practice, this panel rethinks the relations and traffics between feminisms and biologies. We encourage submissions that make evident experimental engagements of critical thinking with biology.

Long Abstract:

Over the past decade, under the influence of emerging areas in contemporary biology such as the human microbiome, epigenetics, circadian biology, or the exposome, the intertwining of the biological and the social has become an intrinsic part of current scientific debates and practices. While the biosocial has become a key theme in STS and cognate disciplines, these debates often occupy liminal and dispersed spaces within feminist technoscience and queer studies. This panel intends to fill the gap in interdisciplinary and pluralistic feminist debates and experimental engagements with bioscientific theories and practices. The panel is thought of as a collective and emancipatory effort through which to problematise, rethink and (re)articulate the complex and intrinsic interrelationships between the social and cultural and the biological with an emphasis on biologies beyond Euro-American frameworks and with special attention to how and to what extent social experiences (lived experiences, transgenerational transmission), particularly those involved in social categories of difference (race, gender, sexuality, class, ability, nationality), are captured, transformed, (re)produced, and mobilised in contemporary biosciences. We ask: how do scientific theories and practices of biology and biomedicine influence cultural critique? how might we co-generate critical theories from biological theories? How does feminist STS gain relevance to intervene and co-create other ways of doing and transforming the biosciences, its applications, and its unintended consequences?

This is a combined format open panel. We welcome multimodal and experimental formats of knowledge expression, such as dialogue sessions, experiments, and workshops among others. We welcome contributions that are aligned with retaining other modes of knowing and practices of being-in-the-world, of cohabiting the earth, against the erasure of data that truncates the production of linear and seemingly "objective" scientific knowledge. Embodied experiences, subaltern knowledges, inter/multispecies coexistences and interdependencies are some of the many examples through which we want to explore and reformulate the (re)production of plural, situated and emancipatory knowledge in feminist biosciences, including, although not limited to, the following themes/areas:

· Queer, trans and sexuality studies

· Critical drug studies including AMR

· Critical race studies

· Ayurveda biologies, local, and non-western biologies

· Collective action, DIY biology, bioart

· Exposome, circadian biology, DOHA

· Nutrigenomics and metabolism

Accepted contributions:

Session 1