Carla Lam

Dr. Carla Lam

Email :  carla@carlalam.com

 
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Education

 

PH.D., Political Science

Carleton University

Awarded June, 2005

 

M.A., Political Science

University of New Brunswick

Awarded October,1998

 

B.A. 1st Division Honours, English/Political Science (Women’s Studies minor)

University of New Brunswick

Awarded October,1996

Research and Teaching Interests

 

Political theory, especially contemporary feminist theory and (new) materialism; history of ideas; reproductive technology; bioethics; embodiment and women’s health; and, feminist studies of science and technology.

 

Employment History

 

Lecturer

July 2008 – Present

Department of Politics, University of Otago

*Research and study leaves (or sabbaticals): July 2015 - January 2016, and semester 1, 2012 (February – June).

 

Visiting Scholar

November  – December, 2008

Political Science Department at Carleton University

 

Research Analyst

November 2007 – May 2008

Health Canada (Bureau of Women’s Health and Gender Analysis)

 

Sessional Lecturer

Winter and Summer Sessions 2007

Political Science Department at Carleton University

 

Women’s Health Educator

2007, 2006, 2001-2003

General Hospital & Sexual/Reproductive Health Clinic, Ottawa

 

Course Author in Political Science

July 2005 - July 2006

Athabasca University

 

Assistant Professor of Politics

Fall 2004 – April 2006

Queen’s University

Awards

 

Humanities Research Grant

The politics and ethics of older motherhood in New Zealand – charting the territory.”

Awarded in November 2011.

January – March 2012.

($3500)

 

Performance-based Research Fund (PBRF) Grant

$3000 to assist in publication efforts for the book on theory and new reproductive technology.

Awarded in 2012.

December 2009.

($950)

 

New Zealand Political Studies Association Mini-Grant

“Advancing the Status of Women in Political Science in New Zealand” workshop co-headed by Kate McMillan and Carla Lam.

41 attendees and produced a report, released May 2014, available on the NZPSA website, http://nzpsa.com/.

($500)

Publications

 

Books

New Reproductive Technologies and Disembodiment: Feminist and Material Resolutions. Dorchester, UK: Ashgate Press, February 2015.

 

Articles

Lam, Carla. "Thinking Through Post-constructionism:  Reflections on (Reproductive) Disembodiment and Misfits.” Studies in Social Justice 2016, 10(2), pp. 289-307.

 

Book Chapters

Lam, Carla. “Reproductive Technologies” in Gender: Matter, edited by Stacy Alaimo.  Farmington Hills, MI:  Macmillan Reference USA, 2016.

Lam, Carla. “Feminist Biology” in Gender: Nature, edited by Iris van der Tuin.  Farmington Hills, MI:  Macmillan Reference USA, 2016. 

 

Op-Ed

Lam, Carla.  “The politics of reproduction.” Otago Daily Times. August 30, 2017, p. 13.

 

Invited Review Essay

Lam, Carla. “Know(ing) the difference:  Onto-epistem-ology and the Story of Feminism.” Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, Spring 2015, 30 (2), pp. 486-93.

 

Reports

Advancing the status of women in New Zealand politics, workshop report from the 26 November 2012 workshop.  In collaboration with Kate McMillan, University of Victoria, Wellington, New Zealand.  Available at the New Zealand Political Studies Association webpage, http://nzpsa.com/

 

Research Note

Lam, Carla. “The Politics of Reproduction and Postconstructionism” Women Talking Politics.  The Research Magazine of the New Zealand Political Studies Association (NZPSA). Issue 1:  December 2015, p. 14.

 

Book Reviews

Carla Lam,  “Globalization and Utopia: Critical Essays”, Political Science, 2012 64: 82, pp. 82-84.

Carla Lam, “Private Bodies, Public Texts:  Race, Gender, and a Cultural Bioethics,” International Feminist Journal of Politics. 2012, 14:3, pp. 434-436.

 

In Progress

 
 

Edited Collection

Editor of a collection of essays on Feminism in Academia in the 21st Century. Currently have 8 chapters from prominent multi-disciplinary Canadian feminists for which I am seeking a publisher.

 

Other Forms of Dissemination

 
 

Author/Written Text

July 2006, POLI 357, Introduction to Political Philosophy:  Hobbes to Human Rights, third year distance education course, Athabasca University, Edmonton Alberta.

This introduction to modern thought provides a survey of selected thinkers in the Western tradition with a particular focus on contradictions and tensions in liberal democratic political philosophy, especially as they emerge in contemporary human rights debates.

 

Refereed Conference Papers

2016, “(Re?)Thinking the paradox of (reproductive) disembodiment through postconstructionist feminism.” The Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy, Mount Alison University, Sackville New Brunswick, Canada, November 4 – 6. 

2015, “Theorizing Beyond the Third Wave: Post-constructionist Feminisms.”  The Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy, Campion College at the University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan, (Canada) October 23 – 25.

2015, “Exploring (Techno) Reproduction and Postconstructionism.”  Consuming Intimacies: Bodies, Labour, Care, and Social Justice Symposium, Brock University, St. Catherines, Ontario,(Canada) October 15 -16.

2013, “Political Theory as (Invested) Story-telling in Politics:  Lessons from Western Feminism.”  New Zealand Political Studies Association (NZPSA), Canterbury University, Christchurch, (New Zealand) December 2 – 3. 

2013, “Material Resolutions, The ‘New’ Materialisms and the Politics of Sex/Gender, Time and Place.” The Canadian Political Science Association conference, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, (Canada) June, online at: http://www.cpsa-acsp.ca/conference-pres-2013.shtml#l

2012, “Past the Impasse, The (New) Material Feminisms.” The Canadian Political Science Association conference, University of Alberta, Edmonton, (Canada) June, online at: http://www.cpsa-acsp.ca/conference-pres-2012.shtml#l

2010, “Beyond the Sovereign? Foucault, Sex/Gender and New Reproductive Technologies.”  Presented at OCIS IV (The Oceanic Conference on International Studies), University of Auckland, New Zealand, July.

2009, “Hobbes, Birth and the Modern State:  Accessing the Canon for Feminist Pedagogy and Beyond.”  Australian Political Studies Association conference, Macquarie University, Sydney (Australia) 27-30 September.

2009, “On reproduction and the future of feminism:  Older mothers and new reproductive technologies in Canada.”  The Canadian Political Science Association conference, Carleton University, Ottawa, (Canada) May.

2008,"Hobbes, Women and the State:  Reproducing Patriarchy?"  Presented at the annual meeting of the New Zealand Political Studies Association, Massey University, Auckland, (New Zealand) August.

2004, “Feminist Responses to the Disembodiment of New Reproductive Technology and the Future of Feminism.”  Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Political Science Association, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, (Canada) June 3 – 5, online at: http://www.cpsa-acsp.ca/conference-pres-2004.shtml#l

2003, “Hobbes and the Re-tooling of Birth Appropriation for the Modern State.”  Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Political Science Association, “Hindsights and Horizons,” Dalhousie University, Halifax, May 30 – June 1.

2002, “Hobbes and the Constitution of Modern Sex/Gender Regimes.”  Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy, Edmonton, (Canada) October.

2000, “The Ethics of Birth Appropriation from Plato to Dolly.” Paper presented at Gendering Ethics/The Ethics of Gender conference, The University of Leeds, (United Kingdom) June.

1997, “Plato’s Utopia, Feminine Dystopia?  The Appropriation of Birth in the Republic, the Symposium and the Theaetetus.” Paper for the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women conference, Fredericton, New Brunswick, November.

1997, “Her Cyster Her Self.” Paper presented at the Interdisciplinary Women’s Conference on Women’s Issues. University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown.

Presentations

 

2017

Organized and presented Public Lecture on “Gender, Feminism and Politics” at the University of Otago.  My talk was titled, “Gender, the body and western political thought - or what’s gender got to do with the body and politics in 2017?”  Other participants were Heather Devere (Otago University); Jennifer Curtin (University of Auckland), and Rebecca Stringer (University of Otago).


2016

One of 5 panelists for the Fulbright Forum: 2016 US Presidential Election – a transformative event? Including the US ambassador to NZ, Mark Gilbert, and chaired by the vice chancellor, Harlene Hayne.  My talk reflected on the gender politics associated with the possibility of the first female US President. October 5, 2016

 

University College, Otago University Campus, Dunedin.  With the head of department, I provided a casual overview of political theory and my particular research for a small group of first year students.


2016 & 2015

Toroa College, Otago University Campus, Dunedin.  With the head of department, I provided a brief overview of political theory, and answered questions for an intimate group of first year students and their families


May 7, 2014

Saint Margaret’s College, Otago University Campus, Dunedin.  “Academic Breakfast” series. I provided a brief overview of my research and teaching, and answered questions for a small group of 16 undergraduate students.  By invitation.


2009

Roundtable participant at the “Women, philosophy and literature in the early modern period” conference, University of Otago, September.  With Vicki Spencer, I provided a book review of Jacqueline Broad and Karen Green’s A History of Women’s Political Thought in Europe, 1400-1700.

Presenter at the “Philosophy in Social Science:  Implications for International Relations” workshop, School of History, Philosophy, and Political Science and International Relations. Victoria University of Wellington, August.  Introduced discussion on “Intersections and Digestions:  exploring the nexus between philosophy and political and international theory.”

Participant in the “Liberalism and Comparative Political Theory” workshop, University of Otago, May, organized by Vicki Spencer and visiting scholar Andrew Vincent.

Discussant for the new Race, Ethnicity, Indigenous Peoples and Politics section of the Canadian Political Science Association, Carleton University, Ottawa, May.  Panel included 4 papers on the topic: “Gender, Race and Class: Intersections and Critiques.”

Professional Memberships

 

Association for Political Theory

Association for Feminist Epistemologies, Metaphysics, Methodologies, and Science

The New Zealand Political Studies Association. (Women’s representative on the executive of this organization 2011 – 2014.)

The Canadian Political Science Association

The Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy

International Association for Women Philosophers

 

References

 

Dr. Janine Hayward

Associate Professor

Department of Politics
Division of Humanities
University of Otago
PO Box 56
Dunedin, New Zealand

Email: janine.hayward@otago.ac.nz
Phone:  +64 3 479 8666


Dr. Heather Devere

Director of Practice

Postgraduate National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies
Te Ao O Rongomaraeroa
518 Castle Street
Dunedin 9054, New Zealand

Email: heather.devere@otago.ac.nz
Phone:+64 3 470 3592


Dr. Annette Burfoot

Professor

Department of Sociology
D431 Mackintosh-Corry
Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
K7L 3N6

Email: burfoota@queensu.ca
Phone: (613) 533 6000 ext 77857


Professor Philip Nel

Professor

Department of Politics
Division of Humanities
University of Otago
PO Box 56
Dunedin, New Zealand

Email: philip.nel@otago.ac.nz
Phone:  +64 3 479 6549


Professor Robert Patman

Department of Politics
Division of Humanities
University of Otago
PO Box 56
Dunedin, New Zealand

Email: robert.patman@otago.ac.nz
Phone:  +64 3 479 8669

Service

 

Hosting and organizing of international research conferences

 

Organizer of the Political Theory section of the NZPSA’s annual conference. The University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.  November 28 – December 1, 2017.

Co-organized the “Women’s Advancement in New Zealand Political Studies” workshop to coincide with the NZPSA’s (New Zealand Political Studies Association’s) annual conference. The University of Victoria, Wellington, New Zealand, November 2012.

Organizer of the Political Theory section of the NZPSA’s annual conference. The University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.  December 1-2, 2011.


Departmental Service

Student Recruitment Officer (including organizing full day events) from 2016 – present.

Coordinator for Departmental Seminars, 2015 to 2016.

Ethics Committee Convenor, 2010 to present.

Disability Support Contact, 2008 to present.

Coordinator’s Assistant for the Politics Honours Programme, 2009.


Academic and Professional Service

External reviewer/referee for Hypatia – a journal of feminist philosophy, since August 2015.

External reviewer/referee for European Journal of Women’s Studies since 2017.

External reviewer/referee for Routledge Books since 2017.

Member of the working group on 100-level teaching which concerned helping students successfully transition from high school to the university environment.  The working group discovered best practices across the Divisions, and produced guidelines for distribution to all departments.  By invitation from the Pro-Vice-Chancellor Humanities, Professor Brian Moloughney.  August 2014 – early 2015 Otago University, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Participant in the Higher Education Development Centre study, “Changing digital technologies and the impact on everyday experiences of academics: a case study at a research- intensive university” by invitation from study leaders, Russell Butson and Rachel Spronken-Smith.  June 2014 – early 2015, Otago University, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Member of editorial committee for Women Talking Politics, NZPSA research publication, 2013 – 2016.

External examiner for Masters dissertation.  Jonathan King, “The Aleatory Dimension of the Event:  Chance, Politics & Equality.”  Auckland University, New Zealand, 2012.

Contributed to group submission to the New Zealand government on The Green Paper for Vulnerable Children, “Every child thrives, belongs, achieves.” February 16, 2012.

External examiner for Masters of International Relations dissertation.   Karolina Meller, “Silencing ‘Gender’ ? Transitional Justice and the Question of Sexual Violence – The South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission through a “Gendered Lens,’” Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand, 2010.

Peer review of a book chapter for Victoria University organization, the Society for Philosophy & Culture.  Invited November 2010. 


Selected Seminars

“Past the Impasse:  The (New) Material Feminisms” at the Sociology Department, University of Otago, 1 May, 2013.

“The Politics of Reproduction Revisited” at the Bioethics Centre, (Division of Health Sciences), University of Otago, 5 September, 2011.

“Minding the Body:  Biology as Ideology,” medical elective seminars at the University of Otago for 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014 and 2015.

“Feminist Responses to the Disembodiment of New Reproductive Technologies and Canadian Policy” post-graduate seminar for social work students at Carleton University, November 24, 2008.


Workshops

Participant in panel for the Otago University Student Association’s Women’s Week, “Women in Academia” panel,  October 2, 2014, Dunedin, Otago University campus.

Participant in “Creating an Inclusive Environment:  disability awareness” University of Otago Professional Development Programme.  22 July 2014.

Participant in “Providing Quality Post-Graduate Supervision Conference,” University of Otago, October 2009.  This 2-day workshop was facilitated by Dr. Margaret Kiley from the Centre of Educational Development and Academic Methods, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.

Participant in “Introduction to Maori Language” workshop, University of Otago, September 2008

Participant in “Induction workshop for new staff members”, 9 July, 2009.


Radio interviews

Otago Access Radio to promote summer school. Dunedin, New Zealand.  (September 9, 2014)

Radio One (student radio) show Connectome, on popular science topics. Dunedin, New Zealand. (August 22, 2014)

 

New Reproductive Technologies and Disembodiment: Feminist and Material Resolutions

With attention to the ways in which new reproductive technologies facilitate the gradual disembodiment of reproduction, this book reveals the paradox of women's reproductive experience in patriarchal cultures as being both, and often simultaneously, empowering and disempowering. A rich exploration of birth appropriation in the West, New Reproductive Technologies and Disembodiment investigates the assimilation of women's embodied power into patriarchal systems of symbolism, culture and politics through the inversion of women's and men's reproductive roles. Contending that new reproductive technologies represent another world historical moment, both in their forging of novel social relations and material processes of reproduction, and their manner of disembodying women in unprecedented ways - a disembodiment evident in recent visual and literary, popular and academic texts - this volume locates the roots of this disembodiment in western political discourse. A call to feminist political theory to re-remember the material dimensions of bodies and their philosophical significance, New Reproductive Technologies and Disembodiment will appeal to scholars of sociology, gender studies, political and social theory and the study of science, technology and health.