In terms of research, writing, and teaching, Donna Haraway (born 1944) is one of the most important practitioners in a field that ties together science and technology studies, anthropology, and animal studies. She received her Ph.D. at Yale in Biology (but with an "interdisciplinary arrangement" with the Departments of Biology, Philosophy, and History of Science and Medicine). She began her teaching career at the University of Hawaii, Honolulu, moved to Johns Hopkins, and joined the History of Consciousness Board at UC Santa Cruz in 1980. Defying traditionally defined departmental categorization, Donna Haraway holds associate memberships in Anthropology, Environmental Studies, Feminist Studies, and Film and Digital Media. Throughout her work, Haraway explores the ties between technical and popular worlds and the thick traffic between natures and cultures.
Haraway is a leading theorist of the relationships between people, other organisms, and machines, her work having incited debate in fields as varied as primatology, philosophy, and developmental biology. "The Cyborg Manifesto," first published in 1985, has been reprinted or translated in numerous anthologies in North America, Japan, and Europe. In addition to a long list of essays, Professor Haraway is also the author of “Crystals, Fabrics, and Fields: Metaphors that Shape Embryos” (1976/2004); “Primate Visions: Gender, Race, and Nature in the World of Modern Science” (1989); “Simians, Cyborgs, and Women: The Reinvention of Nature (1991); “Modest_Witness@Second_Millennium.FemaleMan© Meets OncoMouse (1997); “The Companion Species Manifesto: Dogs, People, and Significant Otherness” (2003) and “Staging with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene” (2016)
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