Queer Milk

Event Date: 22 – 24 June 2017
Birkbeck, University of London
Birkbeck Main Building
Torrington Square
London WC1E 7HX

The Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities in collaboration with British Comparative Literature Association, Birkbeck Gender and Sexuality (BiGS), the Birkbeck Institute for Social Research, and Mapping Maternal Subjectivities, Identities and Ethics (MaMSIE) presents:

Feminist Emergency – International Conference

Panel 6:

Queer Milk

This interdisciplinary panel traces the production, visualisation and psycho-sociopolitical meanings of the bodily fluid, milk. It investigates the intersections between the lactating body, technologies, and markets, in contemporary conditions in which women are demanded on to be constantly productive in the new economy. Examining the visualisation and meanings of milk that circulate in the wider economy alongside its flow as material substance – passing between mothers and infants, milk-sharing between women, between women and men, humans and animals, or human-machine assemblages – the panel additionally opens up the contradictory and ambivalent ways maternal sexual subjectivity, maternal labour and care are imagined, represented, queered, managed, and exploited.

Jeffrey Baker (Birkbeck, University of London)
Amber Jacobs (Birkbeck, University of London)
Melanie Jackson (Slade School of Fine Art, UCL)
Esther Leslie (Birkbeck, University of London)
Sharon Tugwell (Birkbeck, University of London)
Chair: Lisa Baraitser (Birkbeck, University of London)



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