Michelle Murphy: What is Chemical Violence?

When and Where

Friday, March 25, 2022 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Online Event


Join us for the sixth in a series of talks planned collaboratively by SPAM, CARG, and CRIE: Critical Anthropocene Speaker Series: Global, Decolonial, Critical Race Approaches for a Multispecies World, with Michelle Murphy presenting What is Chemical Violence?

Is a chemical pollutant a molecule, or something else? This talk considers the ways chemical pollution contributes to land and atmosphere disruption, enacts colonialism and racism, as well as distributes mortality to beings and their relationships. Thus, it suggests that chemical pollution might better be understand as part of land/body relations.  Through Indigenous feminist approaches that activate responsibilities to Indigenous jurisdiction, land, and intergenerational being on the lower Great Lakes, this talk reconsiders what makes up chemical violence.

Michelle Murphy is a science and technology studies scholar whose research concerns feminist and decolonial approaches to environment, reproduction and data. Their  current research focuses on the relationships between pollution, colonialism, and technoscience on the lower Great Lakes.  At the University of Toronto, Murphy is Professor of History and Women & Gender Studies, a tier
1 Canada Research Chair in Science & Technology Studies and Environmental Data Justice, as well as Co-Director of the Technoscience Research Unit, which hosts an Indigenous led Environmental Data Justice lab. They are Métis from Winnipeg.

This event is organized by the Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology at Concordia University in Montreal.