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Aryn Martin

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Department of Sociology

Associate Professor

Office: Vari Hall, 2150
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext: 77985
Email: aryn@yorku.ca


(On sabbatical 2019-2020)

Aryn Martin works in social and historical studies of biomedicine, as well as feminist theory. In diverse empirical sites where lab meets world, her research is anchored by theoretical attention to language, classification, individuation (and its opposites), and the entanglements of social relations and biological materiality. In work that appears in Social Studies of Science, Osiris, Social Problems, Body & Society and elsewhere, Aryn has written about human genetic chimaeras, maternal-fetal microchimerism, immunology and pregnancy as phenomena that trouble biological and political notions of the individual. She is working on a book about microchimerism and "self-talk". Other projects explore the material-semiotic history of bodily “barriers” (placental and blood-brain); and the emerging “epidemic” of CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) in North American contact sports.

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Degrees

Ph.D., Science & Technology Studies, Cornell University
M.A., Science & Technology Studies, Cornell University
M.E.S., Environmental Studies, York University
B.Sc.H., Life Sciences (First Class Honours), Queen's University

Appointments

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Professional Leadership

Associate Dean Students, Faculty of Graduate Studies
Graduate Program Director, Science and Technology Studies

Research Interests

Science and Technology , Gender Issues, Social and Historical Studies of Biomedicine, Social Studies of Science, Feminist theory
Book Chapters

Publication
Year

Martin, Aryn. 2011. “Science as Culture” In Power and Everyday Practices. Edited by Deborah Brock, Rebecca Raby, and Mark Thomas. Scarborough: Nelson.

2011

Martin, Aryn and Mary Simms. 2011. “Labeling Lisbeth: Sti(e)gma and Spoiled Identity” In The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Philosophy. Edited by Eric Bronson. Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell.

2011

Book Reviews

Publication
Year

Review of Susan Lederer’s (2008) Flesh and Blood. Organ Transplantation and Blood Transfusion in 20th Century America Oxford: Oxford University Press. Isis 101(1): 238-239.

2010

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

Martin, Aryn, Natasha Myers and Ana Viseu. 2015. “The Politics of Care in Technoscience.” Social Studies of Science 45(5): 1-17.

2015

Martin, Aryn and Kelly Holloway. 2014. “’Something there is that does not love a wall’: Histories of the placental barrier.” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences (Special issue on “Transforming Pregnancy Since 1900”), 47 Pt B:300-10. doi: 10.1016/j.shpsc.2013.11.008.

2014

Martin, Aryn. 2011. “’Your Mother’s Always With You’: Material Feminism and Fetomaternal Microchimerism.” Resources for Feminist Research / Documentation sur la Recherche Féministe (Special issue on The Nature of Feminist Science Studies) 33 (3&4).

2011

Martin, Aryn. 2010. “Microchimerism in the Mother(land): Blurring the Borders of Body and Nation in Fetomaternal Cell Trafficking.” Body and Society 16(3): 23-50.

2010

Martin, Aryn and Michael E. Lynch. 2009. “Counting Things and People: The Practices and Politics of Counting.” Social Problems 56(2): 243-266.

2009

Martin, Aryn. 2007. “The Chimera of Liberal Individualism: How Cells Became Selves in Human Clinical Genetics.” Osiris (Issue on the Self as Political and Scientific Project) Vol. 22: 205-222.

2007

Martin, Aryn. 2007. “‘Incongruous Juxtapositions’: The Chimaera and Mrs. McK.” Endeavour 31(3): 99-103.

2007

Conference Papers

Publication
Year

Martin, Aryn and Kelly Holloway. “'Something There is That Doesn't Love a Wall': The Elusive Placental Barrier in Medical and Popular Discourse” Workshop: Transforming Pregnancy Since 1900, Cambridge University, March 2012.

2012

Martin, Aryn. “Going Belly Up: Affective Costs of North American SIDS Prevention Campaigns Since the 1990’s” Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Amherst, 2011.

2011


(On sabbatical 2019-2020)

Aryn Martin works in social and historical studies of biomedicine, as well as feminist theory. In diverse empirical sites where lab meets world, her research is anchored by theoretical attention to language, classification, individuation (and its opposites), and the entanglements of social relations and biological materiality. In work that appears in Social Studies of Science, Osiris, Social Problems, Body & Society and elsewhere, Aryn has written about human genetic chimaeras, maternal-fetal microchimerism, immunology and pregnancy as phenomena that trouble biological and political notions of the individual. She is working on a book about microchimerism and "self-talk". Other projects explore the material-semiotic history of bodily “barriers” (placental and blood-brain); and the emerging “epidemic” of CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) in North American contact sports.

Degrees

Ph.D., Science & Technology Studies, Cornell University
M.A., Science & Technology Studies, Cornell University
M.E.S., Environmental Studies, York University
B.Sc.H., Life Sciences (First Class Honours), Queen's University

Appointments

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Professional Leadership

Associate Dean Students, Faculty of Graduate Studies
Graduate Program Director, Science and Technology Studies

Research Interests

Science and Technology , Gender Issues, Social and Historical Studies of Biomedicine, Social Studies of Science, Feminist theory

All Publications


Book Chapters

Publication
Year

Martin, Aryn. 2011. “Science as Culture” In Power and Everyday Practices. Edited by Deborah Brock, Rebecca Raby, and Mark Thomas. Scarborough: Nelson.

2011

Martin, Aryn and Mary Simms. 2011. “Labeling Lisbeth: Sti(e)gma and Spoiled Identity” In The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Philosophy. Edited by Eric Bronson. Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell.

2011

Book Reviews

Publication
Year

Review of Susan Lederer’s (2008) Flesh and Blood. Organ Transplantation and Blood Transfusion in 20th Century America Oxford: Oxford University Press. Isis 101(1): 238-239.

2010

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

Martin, Aryn, Natasha Myers and Ana Viseu. 2015. “The Politics of Care in Technoscience.” Social Studies of Science 45(5): 1-17.

2015

Martin, Aryn and Kelly Holloway. 2014. “’Something there is that does not love a wall’: Histories of the placental barrier.” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences (Special issue on “Transforming Pregnancy Since 1900”), 47 Pt B:300-10. doi: 10.1016/j.shpsc.2013.11.008.

2014

Martin, Aryn. 2011. “’Your Mother’s Always With You’: Material Feminism and Fetomaternal Microchimerism.” Resources for Feminist Research / Documentation sur la Recherche Féministe (Special issue on The Nature of Feminist Science Studies) 33 (3&4).

2011

Martin, Aryn. 2010. “Microchimerism in the Mother(land): Blurring the Borders of Body and Nation in Fetomaternal Cell Trafficking.” Body and Society 16(3): 23-50.

2010

Martin, Aryn and Michael E. Lynch. 2009. “Counting Things and People: The Practices and Politics of Counting.” Social Problems 56(2): 243-266.

2009

Martin, Aryn. 2007. “The Chimera of Liberal Individualism: How Cells Became Selves in Human Clinical Genetics.” Osiris (Issue on the Self as Political and Scientific Project) Vol. 22: 205-222.

2007

Martin, Aryn. 2007. “‘Incongruous Juxtapositions’: The Chimaera and Mrs. McK.” Endeavour 31(3): 99-103.

2007

Conference Papers

Publication
Year

Martin, Aryn and Kelly Holloway. “'Something There is That Doesn't Love a Wall': The Elusive Placental Barrier in Medical and Popular Discourse” Workshop: Transforming Pregnancy Since 1900, Cambridge University, March 2012.

2012

Martin, Aryn. “Going Belly Up: Affective Costs of North American SIDS Prevention Campaigns Since the 1990’s” Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Amherst, 2011.

2011