Michelle Murphy


Technoscience Research Unit 

The TRU  is a home for graduate, postdoctoral, and faculty research in technoscience studies at the University of Toronto with a focus on critical and social justice approaches to the study of life and the human sciences. The TRU is located in the Women and Gender Studies Institute at New College, University of Toronto.    I have been the director of the TRU since its founding in 2007.

The Technoscience Salon.

    Launched in 2008, the Technoscience Salon is an open forum for entangling intellectual and political questions about technoscience while remixing the disciplines composing Science and Technology Studies. Meeting monthly, the Salon aims to create a lively community of thinkers with interests in technoscience studies from around the GTA and beyond. The Salon aspires to prompt political, playful, experimental engagements, as well as new collaborations and conversations.

In 2016-17, the Salon Theme is (De)Composing Futures, with Natasha Myers and Patrick Keilty.

For 2015-16, the Salon theme is Unsettling Practice, with Kelly Fritsch, Martina Schluender, and Natasha Myers as co-organizers.

For 2014-15, the Salon theme is Activating Evidence, with Natasha Myers and Metalab as organizers.

For 2013-14, our Salon theme was Critical Itineraries with Shiho Satsuka and Sebastian Gil-Riano as co-organizers.

In  2012-2013 our Salon theme was Ecologies with Natasha Myers anbd Astrid Schrader as co-organizers.

Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience

I am thrilled to be part of the editorial collective collaborating to make possible this journal.  Catalyst serves the expanding interdisciplinary field of feminist science and technology studies by supporting theoretically inventive and methodologically creative scholarship incorporating approaches from critical public health, disability studies, postcolonial studies, queer theory, sci-art, technology and digital media studies, history and philosophy of science and medicine.

Endocrine Disruptors Action Group

Endocrine Disruptors Action is a working group of researchers concerned with the widespread presence of endocrine disrupting chemicals in commodities, built environments, industrial emissions, ecosystems, waters, and atmospheres.  EDAction advocates for improvements to Canadian toxics governance and seeks to advance critical discussions about the regulation, science, and monitoring of endocrine disrupting chemicals. The work of EDAction is funded by  the Alterlife SSHRC Insight Grant

Engineered Worlds

Bringing together historians, geographers, anthropologists, environmental artists, and security and science studies experts, the Engineered Worlds project seeks re-theorization the cumulative global environmental effects of industry. The impacts of human industrial activity – extreme weather, rising oceans, changing habitats, shifting food sources, and new health challenges – render problematic the longstanding nature-culture binary that has shaped science studies and cultural anthropology. To understand these impacts, we need new concepts that are adequate to the problem of a radically changing biosphere. The Engineered Worlds project is funded by the Neubaurer Collegium and led by Joseph Masco at the University of Chicago in collaboration with Tim Choy, Jake Kosek, and Michelle Murphy.

Politics of Evidence Working Group

I serve on the steering committee of PoE,  a coalition of academics, scientists, and activists formed in 2014. Together we aspire to challenge the fraught politics of evidence in Canada today, troubling the obstacles that interfere with our “right to know” about the health and well being of our bodies, communities, and environments.

Our Right to Know

I serve on the organizing committee of Our Right to Know, a non-profit advocating for the right to free communication, publication, archiving, and conduct of research in Canada.

Select Past Collaborations:

  • Biopolitics and Technocience  Lecture Series organized with Brian Beaton (2006-7)
  • Theorizing Transnationality, Gender, and Citizenship  Lecture Series organized with Linzi Manicom and Alissa Trotz (2002-3)
  • The RaceSci Website (1996-2007)