Situating Commercial Surrogacy Bans in a Global Context: A Postcolonial Feminist Call for Legalization and Public Funding (Lecture)

This lecture by Maneesha Deckha (University of Victoria) is the third in a year-long series of events titled Globalizing the Human. The series will invite colleagues from the humanities and social sciences (and cognate professional schools) to jointly explore questions that highlight the urgency of thinking globally about the humanities and humanistically about globalization. What can the study of human geography contribute to our ability to comprehend the origins and movement of artistic and literary creations? What parallels exist between the fraught identity politics of systematic wartime rape as a tool of genocide by procreation and the modes of cultural production employed by colonizing powers in erasing or overwriting the artistic and cultural achievements of colonized societies? Why do economic and political assessments of globalization vary so dramatically from those generated by critics within disciplines like literature and film studies?

Maneesha Deckha is Associate Professor of Law at the University of Victoria, British Columbia. Her research interests include health law and bioethics, critical animal studies and animal law, feminist analysis of law, law and culture and law society. Her work has been published widely in international legal and interdisciplinary venues. She has also contributed to several anthologies relating to feminism, cultural pluralism, and health law and policy.  Professor Deckha is the recipient of grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and the Canada-US Fulbright Program. She has delivered over sixty papers in Canada and abroad and has served as referee for leading law reviews and socio-legal and feminist journals in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom.  She has also held the Fulbright Visiting Chair in Law and Society at New York University.

This event is also sponsored by the Global Studies Center and the Humanities Center. For more information, contact Michael Goodhart at


Monday, March 28, 2016 - 5:30pm

Location and Address

Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning