A Possible Science: Topologies of Interest in Corporeal Cultural Flows

By Lisa McDonald.

Published by The International Journal of Science in Society

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Critical writing in the intersections between feminist and science philosophies articulates the basis for innovative dialogue between “hard” science and the humanities. It attends to relations between science, humanities and notions of the biological body, inquiring into how the biological enables the transformative processes of life that progress natural, social, and cultural existence. Possibilities for thinking the body are based here on the composite effects of scientific deliberations, emergent vocabularies, and dialectical experiential knowledge. Thus what is intricate is also often fragmentary, persuading bases of understanding which both perform and invent, are constituted by way of testimony as well as opportunity. By dint of critical acquaintance these assertions provoke doubt about how scientific experimentation has been imagined in humanities thought and in developing bodies of knowledge concerned along these lines. This paper anticipates the next corporeal turn, situating questions of the biological body amid the emerging scientific economies of India and China. Informed by the focus of transnational cultural studies, this dispersal seeks dialogue with new scientific intensities in Trans-Asian spaces.

Keywords: Transnational Cultural Studies Corporeality, Nature, Biology, Science, Humanities, Trans-Asian Relations

The International Journal of Science in Society, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp.69-78. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.562MB).

Dr. Lisa McDonald

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Post-Colonial Studies, Hawke Research Institute, University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Lisa McDonald is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Centre for Postcolonial and Globalisation Studies at the Hawke Research Institute, University of South Australia. In recent years she has taught in communication studies and cultural studies at the same University, and in media and academic literacies at the University of Adelaide. Her current interests extend into relations between the humanities and the biological sciences and follow her doctoral research into the cultural and institutional practices of fertility science.