June 6 + 9, 9-11am ET
Megha Sharma Sehdev
"Morphogenesis" is defined as the capacity of organisms to change form and the processes that undergird this transformation. Philosopher Catherine Malabou describes morphogenesis as a type of plasticity, or "the formation of form." Putting Malabou's work into conversation with critical race scholar Zakiyyah Jackson, this course explores how bodies are seen to change form—in fields spanning racial discourses, neuroscience, media, and law. We will examine how gendered, racialized bodies come to appear malleable and suitable for extraction, as well as how bodies resist dominant and imposed morphologies.
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Megha Sharma Sehdev holds a PhD in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from Johns Hopkins University, and is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire sur la diversité et la démocratie, Université du Québec. Her research focuses on the sensory experience of socio-political phenomena, violence, and law in South Asia. She is the co-convenor of Viral Conjunctions, a virtual consortium for the development of interdisciplinary research on global interlocked crises.