Past Event

Maya Cruz - Automating Discovery and Other Fantasies of Intelligence:Terraforming Feminist Science Praxis to Cultivate Anti-Colonial Futures

January 18, 2024
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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Milstein Center (Room 614), Barnard College, 3009 Broadway, New York

Event Description

Contemporary US efforts to conduct scientific research on Mars have captured the imagination with fantasies of increasingly autonomous rovers engaging in advanced scientific discovery. In this talk, Maya Cruz demonstrates how scientific imaginaries and fantasies of autonomy, intelligence and discovery are co-produced in ways that re-inscribe older logics of US settler colonialism in new technological terms. She then turns to anti-colonial and woman of color feminist practices of speculation, poetics, and care as modes of "terraformation" - a feminist science praxis with which we might create more livable planetary futures.

Event Speaker

Maya Cruz, Assistant Professor in Comparative Studies at Ohio State University

Event Information

Free and open to Columbia University ID holders; registration required. Please email Ady Matos at [email protected] with any questions. 

Hosted by the Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies department at Barnard College.