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NatureCultures of Milk

Cornelia Goethe Colloquium
Summer 2016
Interdisciplinary Lecture Series

Do cows cause climate change? Does milk cause cancer? Why do we find cheese made from human breast milk revolting but love to eat cheese made from cow's milk? Can men lactate? Who produces milk substitutes made from soy, rice, almonds? Where does the milk surplus of EU productions go? How do societies change when their milk consumption changes? How do cows live? How would cows like to live? Is dairy for strong bodies and for strong minds? Why are milk sops weaklings? Does milk matter?

As such questions suggest the topic of milk evokes various academic and non-academic discourses and practices of knowledge. Issues around milk relate to health as well as to agrobusiness and postcoloniality; they concern animal welfare, sustainability, cultural representation as well as gender and species justice.

The colloquium discusses practices of knowledge and chains of agency from diverse trans/disciplinary angles, aiming to
promote a paradigm change from an anthropocentric to a multispecies perspective that recognizes the resilience as well as individual and interactive dynamics of all biological, socio-technical and cultural processes. This way the traditional nature/culture divide can be questioned from a transdisciplinary vantage point.

Programme:
[Pls. see also the dowload-links for the poster and the booklet below]

April 27, 2016
Prof. Deborah Valenze (History – Columbia University / New York – USA)
Milk: A Lost Encounter with Population Pre-History

May 11, 2016
Sagari Ramdas (Veterinary medicine – Secunderabad – India)
Resisting the Capitalist Global Patriarchal Agro-Industrial Dairy Systems: Women Leading the Challenge

May 25, 2016
Prof. Greta Gaard (English Studies – University of Wisconsin / River Falls – USA)
Critical Ecofeminism: On Milk Flora and Fauna

June 8, 2016
PD. Dr. Barbara Orland (History of Science – University of Basel – Switzerland)
Fluide und Eigensinnig: Biomaterialien in den Material Culture Studies

June 22, 2016
Andrea Fink-Keßler (Agricultural Studies – Kassel – Germany)
Gute Milch – schlechte Milch – gefährliche Milch: Streiten über Milchqualität(en) in Zeiten gesellschaftlichen Wandels

July 6, 2016
Milk, Power and Multi-Species Perspectives
Roundtable with the members of AG Wissenspraktiken und Wirkungsketten. Transdisziplinäre Perspektiven auf NaturKulturen
with: Prof. Dr. Susanne Bauer, Prof. Dr. Birgit Blättel-Mink, PD Dr. Diana Hummel, Prof. Dr. Verena Kuni, PD Dr. Susanne Lettow, Dr. Christine Löw, Prof. Dr. Susanne Opfermann

Always on (a) Wednesday, 6-8 pm – Campus Westend, PEG, R. 1.G 191.

For Download:
NatureCultures of Milk Poster & Programme (pdf)
NatureCultures of Milk Booklet with Programme, Abstracts & more (pdf)

Metadata:
NatureCultures of Milk
Feminist Perspectives
Cornelia Goethe Colloquium Summer 2016
Interdisciplinary Lecture Series
CGC Cornelia Goethe Centrum for Women's and Gender Studies
Concept: Prof. Dr. Susanne Bauer, Prof. Dr. Birgit Blättel-Mink, PD Dr. Diana Hummel, Prof. Dr. Verena Kuni, PD Dr. Susanne Lettow, Dr. Christine Löw, Prof. Dr. Susanne Opfermann
Organisation/Support: Anna Krämer M.A. (CGC)

project: NatureCultures of Milk

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