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Being intimate with the flies: On affective methodologies and laboratory work
University of Turku.
2018 (English)In: Kvinder, Køn og Forskning, ISSN 0907-6182, E-ISSN 2245-6937, Vol. 27, no 1, p. 73-80Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

Situated within feminist technoscience studies and affect theory, this article explores themethodological specificities of working with Drosophila Melanogaster, commonly known as fruitflies. Based on a year of participatory observation in a fly lab, the article challenges the moder-nist imaginaries of laboratory work as disembodied, detached and objective. It suggests that la-boratory work is instead an interactive, embodied and affective process that takes place in prox-imity between human and non-human, subject and object. The article therefore contributes toearlier feminist science studies arguing that doing science is an interactive, procedural, socio-cul-tural phenomenon. However, while most such previous works focus on issues such as connec-tions, companionship, love and empathy, this article asks what methodological contributions cancome from experiencing the intensity of more than human encounters that inspire undesirablefeelings such as disgust.

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Odense: Syddansk Universitetsforlag, 2018. Vol. 27, no 1, p. 73-80
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intimacy, fruit fly, feminist technoscience, affect, laboratory
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Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-72168DOI: 10.7146/kkf.v27i1.109681OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-72168DiVA, id: diva2:1318186
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Journal title for this issue: Women, Gender & Research

Available from: 2019-05-27 Created: 2019-05-27 Last updated: 2019-05-27Bibliographically approved

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