Conferences & lectures

Racing Against Time: the ‘biological clock’ and the politics of age

Date/time change

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Francesca Scala, Jenna Healey and Tristana Martin Rubio


This event is free



engAGE: The Centre for Research on Aging invites you to an interdisciplinary virtual panel on the “biological clock” to discuss the history, lived experience and unique political and technological implications of this underexplored reproductive metaphor.

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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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