ENV1001 Seminar: Rethinking Chemical Pollutants in an Indigenous Feminist Lab

When and Where

Wednesday, November 03, 2021 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm


Michelle Murphy


About the Seminar:
How might chemical pollutants be rethought in ways supportive of environmental justice and Indigenous land defense? This talk discusses the work of an Indigenous feminist lab at the Technoscience Research Unit, located in the University of Toronto. Focusing on petrochemical pollution concentrated in Ontario's Chemical Valley, which is on Anishinaabe land, this talk will discuss a variety of ways reorienting what chemical pollutants are by centering land/body relations, decolonial research practices, and foregrounding the ways chemical informatics support ongoing settler colonialism in Canada.

About the Speaker:
Michelle Murphy is a science, technology, and society scholar whose research concerns environmental, reproductive, and data justice through decolonial and feminist approaches. Murphy is the author of Sick Building Syndrome and the Politics of Uncertainty, Seizing the Means of Reproduction, and The Economization of Life, all published with Duke University Press, and her books have twice been awarded the Ludwick Fleck Prize from the Society for the Social Studies of Science. In addition to being Professor of History and Women and Gender Studies at the University of Toronto, she holds a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Science and Technology Studies and Environmental Data Justice, is Co-Director of the Technoscience Research Unit, and was a co-founder of the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative. Murphy is Métis from Winnipeg Manitoba.