This year’s keynote, titled “Chimeric Encounters: Biology, Myth and Medicine,” will be delivered by Dr. Amy Hinterberger.

Introduction and commentary will be given by Dr. Aryn Martin from the Science and Technology Studies Graduate Program, York University.


Amy Hinterberger is Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick. Her research draws on sociology and the social studies of science to examine twentieth and twenty-first century life sciences and biomedicine. She is currently working on a Wellcome Trust funded project which investigates how the category human is defined, approached and governed in context of stem cell biology and regenerative medicine, looking particularly at interspecies mammalian chimeras. Amy has an MSc and PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science and is an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society at the University of Oxford.

Aryn Martin, Associate Professor in Sociology and STS, works in social and historical studies of biomedicine, as well as feminist theory. In diverse empirical sites where lab meets world, her research is anchored by theoretical attention to language, classification, individuation (and its opposites), and the entanglements of social relations and biological materiality. Among other topics, Aryn writes about human genetic chimeras and maternal-fetal microchimerism. She is currently Associate Dean, Student Affairs in the Faculty of Graduate Studies at York University.