Sawyer Seminar Series: Opening up Relations

On February 25, 2013 at UC Davis, this seminar featured Marilyn Strathern and Donna Haraway as part of the Sawyer Seminar Series.

The Sawyer Seminars at UC Davis, Indigenous Cosmopolitis: Dialogues about the Reconstitution of Worlds, convenes an interdisciplinary, international group of scholars to discuss the innovative possibilities at the crossroads of indigenous social movements and studies of science and technology. For more information about the series, visit

Marilyn Strathern was the William Wyse Professor of Social Anthropology at Cambridge University from 1994 to 2008. She has written about new reproductive technologies and intellectual property law and her most recent work focuses on the complexities of transparency, accountability, and audit, especially within the academy. She is the author many books among which the most influential are The Gender of the Gift (UC, 1988) Partial Connections (Altamira, 2004) and Kinship, law and the unexpected: Relatives are often a surprise (Cambridge, 2005).

Donna Haraway is Professor Emerita in History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research interests include feminist theory, cultural and historical studies of science and technology, relation of life and human sciences, and human-animal relations. Her most recent book is When Species Meet (Minnesota, 2008).