“THERE IS, I KNOW, A GESTATIONAL COMMUNE —AND I WANT TO LIVE IN IT…”

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“There is, I know, a gestational commune —and I want to live in it…” A reading group

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Please join us in the kitchen of Flat Time House for a reading group centred on Sophie Lewis's recently-published book, Full Surrogacy Now: Feminism Against Family. In her revolutionary text, Lewis departs from Marxist feminism's dream of full reproductive automation, arguing for solidarity with gestation workers. Dismantling the rhetoric of the anti-surrogacy movement, Lewis proposes that surrogacy, in its exceptional status as a global capital stream, object of (re)legislation, and overt feminisation, presents the starting point for a renewed utopian communism.

Over five sessions, we will study a chapter of Full Surrogacy Now alongside a supplementary text; our aim, to fantasise about alternative models of queer kinship opened up by Lewis's critical project. The group is open to all, but due to limited space we can only accommodate 12 comrades. Reading materials will be distributed ahead of each session via email.

October – December 2019

Organisers: Louisa Lee & Tom Hastings

Indicative reading list

Week One – Wednesday 30th October 6.30–8.30pm

Introduction

Sophie Lewis, “Introduction”, Full Surrogacy Now: Feminism Against Family (London: Verso, 2019), pp. 1-29.

Donna Haraway, A Cyborg Manifesto (London: Socialist Review, 1985)

Week Two – Wednesday 13th November 6.30–8.30pm (Change to previously announced date)

Surrogacy and the Global South

Lewis, Excerpts from “But Aren’t You Against It?” and “The World’s (Other) Oldest Profession”

Sharmila Rudrappa, “Reproducing Dystopia: The Politics of Transnational Surrogacy in India, 2002-2015”, Critical Sociology, online 2017

Kalindi Vora, Life Support: Biocapital and the New History of Outsourced Labour (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2015)

Bini Adamczak, “On Circlusion”, trans. Sophie Lewis, Mask magazine, 2017, maskmagazine.com

Week Three – Thursday 28th November 6.30–8.30pm

Abolish the Family

Lewis, Excerpts from “She Did It For the Money”

Screen clip from Deepa Dhanraj, Something Like a War, 1991 of CR-groups in India

Shulamith Firestone, final chapter, Dialectics of Sex

Laura Briggs, How All Politics Became Reproductive Politics (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2018)

Week Four – Thursday 5th December 6.30–8.30pm

Queer Kinning Part One

Lewis, “Another Surrogacy is Possible”

Mai’a Williams, “Introduction”, in Alexis Pauline Gumbs, China Martens, and Mai’a Williams, eds., Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines (Oakland: PM Press, 2016)

Alexis Pauline Gumbs, “m/other ourselves: A Black queer feminist genealogy of radical mothering, in Revolutionary Mothering

Week Five – Thursday 12th December 6.30–8.30pm

Queer Kinning Part Two

Lewis, “Another Surrogacy is Possible” and “Amniotechnics”

Changing Women Initiative Blog, “Mni Wiconi Yaktan K’a Ni: Drink the Water of Life, and Live––Water is Holy to Midwives”, unnumbered.

Christina Sharpe, Lose Your Kin, New Inquiry, 2016

Image: Microscopic photograph of fetal membrane

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