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Jackie Orr

Jackie Orr

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Jackie Orr

Associate Professor Emeritus, Sociology Department

Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence


Intro to Sociology     (SOC101)     

Sexualities, Genders, Bodies (QSX112)

Technology, Science, and Society  (SOC423)

Contemporary Theory  (SOC621)

The Arts of Social Research (SOC800)

Politics of Life, Death, and Disease  (SOC800)

Biopolitics: Bodies, Technologies, Power  (SOC800)

Highest degree earned

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1999

Areas of Expertise

Cultural politics and performance; contemporary theory, science, technology and psychiatry; critical body studies; history and politics of psychopharmaceuticals

Selected Publications


Panic Diaries: A Genealogy of Panic Disorder. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2006.

Selected Articles and Book Chapters

“Body Animations (or, Lullaby for Fallujah): a performance.” Pp. 193-217 in Critical Trauma Studies: Understanding Violence, Conflict and Memory in Everyday Life.Edited by Monica Casper and Eric Wertheimer. New York, NY: New York University Press, 2016.

“Enchanting Catastrophe: Magical Subrealism and BP’s Macondo.” Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience 1, no. 1 (2015).

“Punk Justice.” The Scholar & Feminist Online. Special issue: “Gender, Justice, and Neoliberal Transformations.” Guest edited by Elizabeth Bernstein and Janet R. Jakobsen. Issue 11.1-11.2 (Fall 2012/Spring 2013).

“Killing Time (Slow Catastrophe).” Photo essay in The Scholar & Feminist Online. Special issue: “Gender, Justice, and Neoliberal Transformations.” Guest edited by Elizabeth Bernstein and Janet R. Jakobsen. Issue 11.1-11.2 (Fall 2012/Spring 2013).

“a possible history of oblivion.” Social Text: Periscope. Special issue: “Always at War: Economy, Labor, Life, and Blood.” Edited by Patricia Clough and Sandra Trappen. Online journal posted June 17, 2013.

“The Practice of Enchantment: Strange Allures,” co-authored with Ann Burlein. Introduction to special issue on ‘Enchantment,’ co-edited by Jackie Orr and Ann Burlein. Women’s Studies Quarterly 40, nos. 3 & 4 (Fall/Winter 2012): 13-23.

“Materializing a Cyborg’s Manifesto: Revisiting Donna Haraway.” Special issue on ‘Viral,’ co-edited by Jasbir Puar and Patricia Clough. Women’s Studies Quarterly 40, nos. 1 & 2 (Spring/Summer 2012): 273-280.

“The ‘Soul of the Citizen,’ the Invention of the Social: Governing Mentalities.” Pp. 547-556 in Cultural Handbook of Sociology. Edited by John R. Hall, Laura Grindstaff, and Ming-Cheng Yo. New York: Routledge, 2010.

 "Biopsychiatry and the Informatics of Diagnosis.” Pp. 353-379 in Biomedicalization: Technoscience, Health and Illness in the U.S. Edited by Adele E. Clarke, Laura Mamo, Jennifer Fosket, Jennifer Fishman, and Janet K. Shim. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2010. 

“The Militarization of Inner Space.” Critical Sociology Vol. 30, No. 2 (Spring 2004): 451-482.  

Presentations and Events

 Slow Disaster at the Digital Edge    (40-minute live digital performance piece)   
               Goldsmiths University, Visual Sociology program. June 11, 2014.
               University of Toronto, Symposium on ‘The Politics of Failure.’ March 24, 2014. 
               Arizona State University, Barrett Honors College.  April 25, 2013.
               Stanford University, Medical Anthropology program. May 15, 2013.
               University of Chicago, Chicago Centre for Contemporary Theory. April 20, 2012.

Body Animations (or, lullaby for fallujah)   (45-minute solo performance with visual/sound collage)
                Invited session, Society for the Study of Social Problems. August 16, 2012.
                Wilfrid Laurier University, Program in Cultural Analysis & Social
                             Theory. February 3, 2012.
                University of California, Davis, Consortium for Women and Research.
                              March 31, 2011.
                York University, Department of Sociology, School of Women’s Studies.
                              January 26, 2011.
                The Graduate Center, CUNY, Center for the Study of Women and Society.
                              December 9, 2010.
                Vanderbilt University, Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities.
                              March 19, 2010.

In the Plague Years: The Psychopolitics of Bioterrorism (45-minute performance lecture & sound collage)
                Burchfield Penney Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York. April 23, 2010.
                Keynote address, New York State Sociological Association. October 16, 2009.
               16Beaver Collective, Symposium on ‘Connective Mutations.’ New York City,
                               September 4, 2009.
               University of Manchester, Whitworth Art Gallery. Symposium on ‘Animation and
                               Automation.’ Manchester, England, March 26, 2009.                  
               Duke University, Symposium on ‘Scenes of Secrecy: Suspicion, Intelligence,
                               and Security.”  October 17, 2008. 

 “Enchanting Catastrophe: Magic (sub)Realism and BP’s Macondo.” Symposium on
“Alter Life: Biology + Technology + Art?” Organized by the Technoscience Salon, University
of Toronto; and INCUBATOR ArtLab, University of Windsor.  Windsor, Canada, March 27, 2014.

“The Politics of Killing Time.” Symposium on “Life (Un)Ltd: Feminism, Bioscience, Race.”
Organized by the UCLA Center for the Study of Women, University of California, Los 
Angeles. Los Angeles, CA, October 14, 2013

“Slow Catastrophe.” Symposium on “Society for Biopolitical Futures.” Organized by
the Humanities Center, Syracuse University. April 5-6, 2013.

“Cruel Feminism” (paper). Symposium on “Gender, Justice, and Neoliberal Transformations.”
Organized by the Barnard Center for Research on Women, Barnard College. New York, NY,
September 21, 2012.

“Thinking on Drugs.” Keynote address, Feminist Seminar Lecture. Organized by the Women
and Gender Studies Department, University of California, Davis, March 31, 2011.

“The Biopolitics of Necrospectacle: On Animating a Few Corpses.” Symposium on “Animation
and Automation.” University of Lancaster, England, March 27, 2009.

“When bone-ash can still burn…” Symposium on “To Forget, To Remember, To Write,
To Grieve: Grace Cho’s Haunting the Korean Diaspora: Shame, Secrecy and the Forgotten
.” Department of Sociology and the Center for the Study of Women and Society, The
Graduate Center, CUNY. New York, NY, November 21, 2008.

“Governing Mentalities: Thinking on Drugs.” Department of Anthropology, The New School
for Social Research, New York, NY, January 30, 2008.

“Psychopower and the Social: Performing Panic.” The Birkbeck Institute for Social Research,
University of London, December 12, 2007.

“Affect/Panic.” Symposium on “The Happening of the Social: Devices, Sites, and Methods,”
Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London, December 14-15, 2007.

“Psychopolitics: Thinking on Drugs.” Symposium on “Open Minds: Cultural, Critical
and Activist Perspectives on Psychiatry,” Gallatin School of Individualized Study,
New York University, September 23, 2006.

“Trauma as Method: Performing Panic.” Departments of Sociology, and English Language
and Literatures at Tsing-Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan, August 28, 2006.

“Performing Panic: Methods for a Postdisciplinary Real.” The Society of Fellows in the
Humanities, Columbia niversity, March 23, 2006.

“Disintegrating Circuits: Trauma and the Technopolitics of Memory.” Symposium
on “Nextwave of Gender & Technoscience” at the University of California, Irvine,
March 4, 2006.