Kim TallBear – Beyond Life/Not Life


A Feminist-Indigenous Reading of Cryopreservation Practices and Ethics. Her lecture examines cryopreservation, as a scientific endeavor that, according to TallBear, “enables storage and preservation of bio-specimens “including those taken from indigenous peoples” bodies, often within earlier ethical and racial regimes” into times and spaces beyond those inhabited by the (once) living bodies.” She investigates the ethical concerns that indigenous critics find with bioscience methodologies utilized by non-indigenous institutions. Â She proposes “that indigenous responses to cryopreservation technologies and practices can be more fully understood not simply by recourse to “bioethics,” but also by weaving together the approaches of indigenous thinkers historically with newer thinking in indigenous studies, feminist science studies, critical animal studies, and the new materialisms.”


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