Kalindi Vora – Life Support: Biocapital and the New History of Outsourced Labor

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April 18, 2016
Time: 12:00-2:00pm

Feminist Media Studio
CJ Building, 2.130
Concordia University
7141 Sherbrooke W
Montreal (Qc)

The Feminist Media Studio is pleased to announce that Professor Kalindi Vora will hold a seminar with interested faculty members and graduate students on her book Life Support: Biocapital and the New History of Outsourced Labor on Monday, April 18th from 12:00 – 2:00 PM (Loyola campus, CJ 2.130).


Those interested in participating should RSVP to Katerina Symes ( In preparation for the seminar, participants will be required to read the introductory chapter of Professor Vora’s book, as well as one chapter of their choosing. (The book is listed as an electronic resource at the Concordia University library).


Professor Vora’s research thinks through how biological bodies have become a new kind of global biocapital, extending historical legacies of colonial labor practices. It examines how forms of labor serve to support life in the United States at the expense of the lives of people in India. Focusing on several case studies of outsourced work, it exposes the ways in which seemingly inalienable aspects of human life such as care, love, and trust—as well as biological bodies and organs—are not only commodifiable entities but also components essential to contemporary capitalism. It asks, How do forms of transnational gendered reproductive labors of care, nurture, and even biological reproductivity (such as in transnational surrogacy and reproductive services) provide an opportunity to look at historical legacies of gender and labor that have been theorized through the lens of Ethnic Studies, while calling for a new and relational understanding of the political potential in how subjects disrupt their geographies and the affective roles assigned to them through capitalist social relations?