booksvscigarettes - Who knows what a woman is...

18 Mar 17

Join us in CCA on Saturday 18th March from 4pm to 6pm for the next booksvscigarettes reading group event, where we’ll be reading Annemarie Mol’s 1985 essay Who knows what a woman is… On the differences and the relations between the sciences.

In a text that encompasses ontology, politics, medical anthropology, sociology, feminist theory, philosophy, and science, Mol questions the processes involved in categorising things and unpacks the contradictory doctrines that underpin various fields of knowledge. She argues that ‘various branches of science do not necessarily share the same object, even if they give their object the same name. Asking different questions, mobilising different techniques, they enact different versions of their ‘more than one and less than many’ object (Strathern 1987). These versions may be both interdependent and in tension.’

The text can be found here (with Mol’s introduction from 2015) or email CCA for a copy at

This event is free and open to the public but please email to let us know you’re coming.

booksvscigarettes is CCA’s intermittent reading group. It takes its name from George Orwell’s essay which assessed the price and value of reading against other pursuits.