Banumathi Subramaniam, PhD

POSTPONED TO BE RESCHEDULED AT A LATER DATE Banumathi Subramaniam - Decolonizing Botany: From the Herbarium to the Plantarium

Banumathi Subramaniam, PhD University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Drawing on recent scholarship in the biological sciences, queer ecology, indigenous ecology, anti-colonial, postcolonial and feminist STS, and critical race theory, Dr. Subramaniam shows how the foundational language, terminology, and theories of modern botany remain grounded in the violence of its colonial pasts. She argues that feminist science studies is well poised to explicate what we mean by intersectionality itself since science has been central to "scientizing" human differences as natural, biological essential and innate. In short, feminist and queer theories need feminist science and technology studies.