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Aryn Martin

Department of Sociology

Associate Professor
 
Office: 2150 Vari Hall
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext: 77985
Emailaryn@yorku.ca
 
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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 reification of social relations in biological materiality. In work that appears in Social Studies of Science, Osiris, Social Problems, Body & Society and elsewhere, Aryn has written about genetic chimaeras, maternal-fetal microchimerism, immunology and pregnancy as phenomena that trouble biological and political notions of the individual. Current 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. On Sabbatical Leave July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013

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Research Interests

Science and Technology , Health , Sex and Gender, Social Studies of Biomedicine

All Publications

Book Chapters

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

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.

Journal Articles

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).

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.

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

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.

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

Conference Papers

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.

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.

Book Reviews

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.

Current Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Summer 2014 AP/SOCI4470 3.0  Bodies, Genders and Sexualities SEMR Course Website 

Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall/Winter 2014-2015 AP/SOCI4930 6.0  Sociology of Science and Technology SEMR Course Website 


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 reification of social relations in biological materiality. In work that appears in Social Studies of Science, Osiris, Social Problems, Body & Society and elsewhere, Aryn has written about genetic chimaeras, maternal-fetal microchimerism, immunology and pregnancy as phenomena that trouble biological and political notions of the individual. Current 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. On Sabbatical Leave July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013


Area of Specialization

Social Studies of Science


Degrees

PhD, Cornell University
MA, Cornell University
MES, York University
BScH, Queen's University
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Appointments

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Professional Leadership

Book Reviews Editor, Social Studies of Science (Sage) Co-Editor, Communiqué, Professional newsletter for the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science


Research Interests:

Science and Technology , Health , Sex and Gender, Social Studies of Biomedicine

All Publications

Book Chapters

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

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.

Journal Articles

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).

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.

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

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.

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

Conference Papers

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.

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.

Book Reviews

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.


Teaching:

Current Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Summer 2014 AP/SOCI4470 3.0  Bodies, Genders and Sexualities SEMR Course Website 

Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall/Winter 2014-2015 AP/SOCI4930 6.0  Sociology of Science and Technology SEMR Course Website