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Racing against time

The 'biological clock,' technology and the temporal politics of age

Date & time

Tuesday, March 24, 2020
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.


Francesca Scala, Jenna Healey and Tristana Martin Rubio


This event is free

Wheelchair accessible


From the ‘ticking time bomb’ of the ‘biological clock’ to ‘geriatric pregnancies,’ engAGE: Concordia’s Centre for Research on Aging presents an interdisciplinary panel bringing together scholars from history, political science and philosophy to explore the temporal politics of age in a time of changing reproductive technologies.

Stephanie Patterson, professor in the Department of Political Science, will moderate the panel. Come early for light refreshments at 4:30 p.m.

About the panelists

Jenna Healey
Jenna Healey

Jenna Healey is an assistant professor and the Jason A. Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine at Queen’s University. She received her PhD in the history of science and medicine from Yale University in 2016. Her current book project, On Time: Age, Reproduction, and Technology in Modern America, explores the historical relationship between reproductive technology and the so-called biological clock since 1970.

At Queen’s, she is cross-appointed in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Department of History, and is responsible for integrating history into the undergraduate medical curriculum.

Francesca Scala
Francesca Scala

Francesca Scala is a professor of political science and associate dean of graduate studies in the Concordia’s Faculty of Arts and Science. Her research focuses on Canadian and comparative public policy, with an emphasis on science and health policy.

Scala’s research interests include issues related to gender, citizen engagement and the politics of expertise in public policy. UBC Press published her book, Delivering Policy: The Contested Politics of Assisted Reproductive Technologies in Canada, in February 2019.

Tristana Martin Rubio
Tristana Martin Rubio

Tristana Martin Rubio is a doctoral candidate in philosophy at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. She has research interests in the philosophy of age and aging, ethics, critical phenomenology and feminist philosophy. She sits on Concordia’s Research Ethics Board as an ethicist and as a board member of the Canadian Bioethics Society. Her doctoral dissertation, Being-with-Time: A Critical Phenomenology of Aging, offers a phenomenologically motivated account of aging and time as it is lived.

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