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Dr Carla Lam

PhD (Carleton)
MA (New Brunswick)
BA (New Brunswick)

Dr Carla Lam

Carla Lam was a senior lecturer of political theory and gender politics in the Politics Department at University of Otago until the end of 2017.

After receiving her PhD in political theory from Carleton University in 2005, she lectured at Queen’s University, then moved to New Zealand in July 2008. Carla taught at the University of Otago for 10 years before returning to Canada. 

Her research interests include the history of ideas, feminist philosophy of embodiment, feminist post-constructionism or new materialism, and feminist studies of science and technology. Most recent publications include two chapters in the MacMillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks Gender series, on “Feminist Biology” and “Reproductive Technology” and an article, “Thinking Through Post-constructionism: Reflections on (Reproductive)Disembodiment and Misfits.”

Current research continues to focus on the intellectual and practical divides between doing and being, or thoughts and matter.

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Lam, C., Curtin, J., Stringer, R., & Devere, H. (2017, August). Panel discussion: Gender, feminism and politics. Department of Politics, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Research Presentation].

Lam, C. (2015). New reproductive technologies and disembodiment: Feminist and material resolutions. Farnham, UK: Ashgate, 168p.

Lam, C. (2015). Know(ing) the difference: Onto-epistemology and the story of feminism [Review of the books Why stories matter: The political grammar of feminist theory and The metaphysics of gender]. Hypatia, 30(2), 486-493. doi: 10.1111/hypa.12146

Lam, C. (2013). Material resolutions: the "new" material feminisms and the politics of sex/gender, time and place. Proceedings of the Canadian Political Science Association Annual Conference. Retrieved from

Lam, C. (2013, December). Political theory as (invested) story-telling: Lessons from western feminism [Panel discussion: Discourses and governmentalities]. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Political Studies Association (NZPSA) Conference, Christchurch, New Zealand.

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