October 11: “What’s New About New Materialisms?” Panel at UC Berkeley

On October 11, 2018, from 4 pm to 5:30 pm PST, I’ll be giving my first (virtual) presentation based on my dissertation fieldwork over the past year for the UC Berkeley Center for Race & Gender Thursday Forum Series. The panel is called “What’s New About New Materialisms?: Black and Indigenous Scholars on Science, Technology, and Materiality.”


The panel was created in coordination with my colleagues Marcelo Garzo Montalvo and Jen Smith in the Department of Ethnic Studies, based on our needs to address both the conceptual turn toward “things” in emerging social theory, while holding space for how “things” have been central to indigenous forms of knowledge for racialized groups excluded to the margins of modern social thought.

In my paper, “Genetic Sensibilisation: Reconfiguring the Materiality of Genetic Ancestry in Cameroon,” I’ll be linking these ideas to how we understand the limits of genetic sovereignty in the postgenomic era when genetic ancestry must contend with African modes of belonging in Cameroon.

Check out the Facebook event page for more information!