Dr Maria Puig de la Bellacasa

Maria Puig De La BellacasaAssociate Professor of Science, Technology and Organisation

Room 611, Level 6, Ken Edwards Building

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 3950

Email: m.puig@le.ac.uk

Office hours: by appointment

Personal details

I have a BA and a PhD in Philosophy, an MPhil in Social and Political Sciences (all from the Free University of Brussels) and Masters-level training in Women and Gender Studies from Utrecht University.

I joined the school in 2010 after two years at the School of Social Sciences and the School of Geography and Planning in Cardiff University.

Before that, I was a Marie Curie Fellow at the Department of History of Consciousness and Center for Cultural Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

I have served as a council member of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) and I am an associate member of the Constructivist Studies Group at the Free University of Brussels.

Teaching

Office hours: by appointment.

  • Business Ethics in a Global Context (MBA)
  • Ecology and Sustainability (BAMS)

Publications

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Books

Journal articles

Book chapters

  • Puig de la Bellacasa, Maria (2016). Ecological thinking, materialist spirituality, and the poetics of infrastructure. In: Geoffrey C. Bowker, Stefan Timmermans, Adele E. Clarke, & Ellen Balka (eds.) Boundary Objects and Beyond. Working with Susan Leigh Star. MIT Press, Cambridge. / Winner of 2016 Best Information Science Book Award from the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T)
  • Latimer, Joanna & Puig de la Bellacasa, Maria & (2011). Re-Thinking the Ethical: Everyday Shifts of Care in Biogerontology, In: Priaulx, Nicky & Wrigley, Anthony (eds.) Re-theorising the Ethical, Ethics, Law and Society (pp 153-174), Ashgate, London.
  • Bracke, Sarah & Puig de la Bellacasa, Maria (2009). The Arena of Knowledge: Antigone and Feminist Standpoint Thinking. In: Doing gender in media, art and culture, Buikema, Rosemarie & Iris van der Tuin (eds.) Routledge, London.
  • Puig de la Bellacasa, Maria (2005). The bodies of our practices: Feminist politics and (re)constructions of nature. In: Le corps, entre sexe et genre, Rouch Helène, Elsa Dorlin & Dominique Fougeyrollas-Schewebel (eds.), L’Harmattan, Paris.
  • Puig de la Bellacasa, Maria (2004). (Re)constructing Knowledge. In: Le siècle des féminismes, Gubin Éliane et al. (eds.), Editions de l’Atelier, Paris.
  • Puig de la Bellacasa, Maria & Bracke Sarah (2004). Building Standpoints. In: The Standpoint Theory Reader, Harding, Sandra (ed.), Routledge, New York/London.
  • Puig de la Bellacasa, Maria & Bracke Sarah (2002). Feminist studies and equal opportunity policies. In: Études féministes en Belgique, 1997-2000, SOPHIA Bulletin, Brussels.
  • Puig de la Bellacasa, Maria, Lykke, Nina & Michel Christine (2001). Women’s Studies: From institutional innovations to new job qualifications. In: The Making of European Women’s Studies, vol. 3, Braidotti Rosi, Ilse Lazaroms, Esther Vonk (eds.), Utrecht University– ATHENA, Utrecht.
  • Puig de la Bellacasa, Maria (2002). Flexible girls: A position paper on feminist genderational politics. In: Gender Studies in Europe, Passerini L. et Lyon D. (eds.), European Institute, Florence.
  • Puig de la Bellacasa, Maria (2001). Knowledge and/or politics? The case of feminist studies. In: The University in Questions Haarscher, Guy, Allard, Julie & Puig de la Bellacasa, Maria (eds.), Editions Labor, Brussels.
  • Puig de la Bellacasa, Maria, & Allard, Julie (2001). Why Academic Freedom? In: L’université en questions; Haarscher, Guy, Allard, Julie & Puig de la Bellacasa, Maria (eds.), Labor Editions, Brussels.
  • Puig de la Bellacasa, Maria (2000). The sex/gender distinction in French speaking contexts. In: The Making of European Women’s Studies vol. II, Braidotti, Rosi, Vonk, Esther & van Wichelen, Sonya (eds.), Utrecht University – ATHENA, Utrecht.

Edited books and journal special issues

  • Myers, N., Papadopoulos, D., & Puig de le Bellacasa, M. (eds.) (in preparation). Reactivating Elements. Substance, Process and Innovation between Chemistry and Cosmology. Durham: Duke University Press.
  • Bauchspies, Wenda & Puig de la Bellacasa, Maria (2009) (eds.). Re-tooling technologies: exploring the possible through feminist science studies, Special issue, Subjectivity 28.
  • Puig de la Bellacasa, Maria & Rassel, Laurence (eds.) (2006). Stitch and split. Bodies and territories in science fiction, Fundación Tapiés, Barcelona.
  • Puig de la Bellacasa, Maria, Moriau, Jacques & Godard Michel (eds.) (2005). Knowledge and capital. II: Against intellectual property? Cahiers Marxistes n° 232, September.
  • Puig de la Bellacasa, Maria, Moriau, Jacques & Godard Michel (eds.) (2005). Knowledge and capital, I: The University, Cahiers Marxistes n° 230, May-June.
  • Puig de la Bellacasa, Maria, Haarscher Guy & Allard Julie, (eds.) (2001). The university in question. Knowledge market, new agora, ivory tower? Editions Labor, Brussels, (in French).
  • Puig de la Bellacasa, Maria, Lykke Nina & Michel Christine (eds.) (2001). Women’s studies – from institutional innovations to new job qualifications. ATHENA report, University of Southern Denmark, Copenhagen.

Contributions to reports

  • Puig de la Bellacasa, Maria (2007). Emergent epistemologies. In: Genomics and Justice Conference Report, Science and justice working group, University of California, Santa Cruz, May.
  • Puig de la Bellacasa, Maria (2002). Contributor to report on gender impact assessment studies. In: Gender and Research conference proceedings. Women and Science Unit, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxemburg.
  • Puig de la Bellacasa, Maria (2001). Beyond nostalgia and celebration. New contexts for academic Women’s studies in European universities. In: Women’s Studies – from institutional innovations to new job qualifications. ATHENA, Lykke, Nina, Michel, Christine & Puig de la Bellacasa, Maria (eds.), University of Southern Denmark, Copenhagen.

Book reviews

  • Puig de la Bellacasa, Maria (2009). Review of Life as Surplus. Biotechnology, Capitalism in the Neoliberal Era, Biosocieties, September.
  • Puig de la Bellacasa, Maria (2000). The doxa of difference, in SOPHIA Bulletin 21-22, March-May.

Publications in translation

  • Puig de la Bellacasa, Maria & Bracke, Sarah (2007). The Arena of Knowledge: Antigone and Feminist Standpoint Thinking. In: Genderstudies en de Cultuurwetenshappen, eds. Buikema, Rosemarie & Iris van der Tuin (eds.), Coutihno, Amsterdam, (Dutch).
  • Puig de la Bellacasa, Maria & Bracke, Sarah (2002). Who’s afraid of standpoint feminism? Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies, 2, Amsterdam (Dutch).
  • Puig de la Bellacasa & Rassel, Laurence Maria (2006). Suturas y Fragmentos. Cuerpos y Territorios en la Ciencia Ficción. In: Suturas y Fragmentos, Fundació Tapiés, Barcelona, (Spanish).
  • Puig de la Bellacasa, Maria & Bracke, Sarah (2002). Vrouwenstudies en het gelijkekansenbeleid. Welke verhoudingen? In: Vrouwenstudies in België, 1997-2000, Brussels, SOPHIA (Flemish).

Research

My work is grounded in science and technology studies, feminist theory and the environmental humanities. I am interested in how questions of ethics, politics and justice affect and are affected by scientific practices, as well as on the socio-cultural imaginaries enacted by technoscientific interventions.

My other main broad research interest is in alternative spaces of knowing and doing - currently focused on everyday forms of ecological care, permaculture movements and materialist spiritualities. Marked by a background in contemporary continental philosophy and constructivist and process philosophies, my earlier work and publications are on feminist epistemologies and the transformations of the politics of knowledge production, scientific practice and technological innovations in the ‘knowledge economy’ - all topics in which I have an ongoing interest.

Projects

I am currently working on two research projects:

'The Reanimation of Soils. Transforming Human-Soil Affections Through Science, Culture and Community' is an exploration of contemporary changes in human-soil relations. Delving in a range of interventions, practices and materials from science, art, community activism and soil policy and advocacy I am interested in exploring the transformative potential of contemporary human-soil encounters that happen beyond the usual constituencies and uses of soil for production. By thinking transversally across fields and interventions that are attempting to change the ways we relate to soils, I hope to contribute to the nurturing of everyday ecological awareness and re-connection to soils.

A second interconnected project, 'Embracing Breakdown', is a search of an ethos of sharing and passing on of matter -- nutrients, energy, elements. Affected by anxieties about the damages brought by the compounded legacies of industrialism in the present I look into fields of practice – such as bioremediation that are confronting the local enactments of altered biogeochemical processes, e.g. the nitrogen cycle. I see these as spaces of experimentation where the resistance of built up matter to degradation and recirculation disrupts the fascination with life as productivity and endurance.

Supervision

Current students:

  • Nicholas Beuret: Organizing Against the End of the World: the Praxis of Ecological Catastrophe
  • Franziska Dahlmeier: Plant-Human-Intra-Action in Urban Design Contexts: Organizing with Plants that Feel
  • Claire English: Sharing the Journey? Migration, Transnational Activist Organising and the (Un)making of Otherness
  • Marisol Marin Rojas: The Care System, Sexual Workers and Child Protection in Colombia
  • Kevin Pijpers: Touching Chimeras. On Assembling Ethics in Technoscience
  • Thomas Swann: The Revolution will (not) be Digitalised. Networked Activism in Theory and Practice

Supervision interests:

  • Feminist science studies
  • Ethics and politics in science and technology
  • Technoscientific imaginaries
  • Alternative forms of organising - particularly ecological movements
  • Ethics in organisations
  • Knowledge economy
  • Critical approaches to managing information

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