Date: March 14th 2018

Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm PST

Location: TBD

For this reading group we will be joined by UCSC Professor Karen Barad as we discuss some of her new writing and research as we consider questions of toxicity in relation to race, colonialism, environment justice, and economies of nuclearity.

Karen Barad is Professor of Feminist Studies, Philosophy, and History of Consciousness at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Barad’s Ph.D. is in theoretical particle physics and quantum field theory. Barad held a tenured appointment in a physics department before moving into more interdisciplinary spaces. Barad is the author of Meeting the Universe Halfway: Quantum Physics and the Entanglement of Matter and Meaning (Duke University Press, 2007) and numerous articles in the fields of physics, philosophy, science studies, poststructuralist theory, and feminist theory. Barad is the Co-Director of the Science & Justice Graduate Training Program at UCSC.


  • Barad, K. (2015). “Transmaterialities: Trans*/Matter/Realities and Queer Political Imaginings.” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, 21:2-3, 387-422.
  • Barad, K. (2018). “Troubling Time/s and Ecologies of Nothingness: Re-turning, Re-membering, and Facing the Incalculable.” Forthcoming in New Formations.


Supplemental Readings: Barad, K. (2010). “Quantum Entanglements and Hauntological Relations of Inheritance: Dis/continuities, SpaceTime Enfoldings, and Justice-To-Come.” Derrida Today, 3.2: 240-268. (Link)