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Book forum: Michelle Murphy’s The Economization of Life

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Michelle Murphy’s The Economization of Life (Duke University Press, 2017) received the Ludwik Fleck Prize from the the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) at the 2019 conference in New Orleans. Murphy’s book, recognized for its novelty, scholarly excellence, and contribution to science and technology studies, was also the subject of a panel of feminist thinkers who offered commentary and reflection on Murphy’s influential critique. This forum collects the edited remarks of panelists Banu Subramaniam, Lourdes Vera, and Kalindi Vora as well as Murphy’s response to the panel.


Lords of the Flies
Banu Subramaniam
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Imagining Alternative Politics of Experimentation and Resistance with Michelle Murphy’s The Economization of Life
Lourdes Vera
Northeastern University

Reproduction at the Center: Michelle Murphy’s Economization of Life
Kalindi Vora
University of California, Davis

Response for Somatosphere Book Forum on The Economization of Life
Michelle Murphy
University of Toronto

Book forum edited by:

Martha Lincoln
San Francisco State University