Studies in National and International Development


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Title:  Distributing Reproduction, Mining Liquid Gold: Uneven Geographies of Human Milk Exchange

Date:  January 24, 2019
Venue: Mackintosh-Corry Hall, D214
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Speaker: Carolyn Prouse, Geography, Queen’s University

Human milk is being shuttled through geographically extensive networks of glass jars, pasteurization machines, and medical clinics. In this talk I trace how and where human milk is exchanged. I ask, specifically, how are new markets in milk shaped by processes of uneven development, technologies of biomedicalization, and racialized/gendered/religious notions of good mothering? By tracing human milk through American for-profit corporations and the emerging leaders Brazil and South Africa, I argue for taking seriously human milk infrastructure as a form of distributed reproduction that shapes living-being in cities in uneven ways.


Carolyn Prouse, Geography, Queen’s University

Carolyn Prouse is an Assistant Professor and Queen’s National Scholar in the Department of Geography and Planning at Queen’s University. As an urban economic geographer she works at the intersection of postcolonial, decolonial, critical race, and feminist theory. Her research focuses on the politics and economics of urban infrastructural development, with a particular interest in infrastructures of slum-upgrading, experimentation, and social reproduction. Carolyn’s research is located in Canada, the United States, Brazil, and South Africa.