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UCI Anthro STS

Cite as:

Adams, James, and Maggie Woodruff. 2018. “UCI Anthro STS.” In STS Across Borders Digital Exhibit, edited by Aalok Khandekar and Kim Fortun. Society for Social Studies of Science. August. http://stsinfrastructures.org/content/uci-anthro-sts-0/essay.

Essay Metanarrative

The Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) has a strong and creative STS core, rooted in the experimental origins of the university and radical interdisciplinary commitments of its School of Social Sciences, extended through the work of evolving clusters of anthropologists with commitments to feminist and postcolonial studies, American pragmatism, and the critical promise of ethnographic method. Today, there are strong threads of STS research focused on technology and financial inclusion,  environmental sciences and governance, digital and data cultures, and the politics of health and medicine. There is also shared interests in inventive uses of technology in research, and for visualizing and sharing research results. This exhibit will explore how these histories and interests intersect, taking both anthropology and STS in new directions.

STS Across Borders Shared Questions

STS Across Borders digital collections are focused through ten shared questions that can be asked across all STS formations so as to enable comparative insight. BEGINNINGS: What stories have been told about the beginnings of this STS formation? CONDITIONS: What external conditions have influenced...Read more

Elaborations (Call for Next Steps)

Future iterations of this UCI Anthro STS project should further and more comprehensively respond to the 10 STS Across Borders analytic questions. Specifically, we suggest these next steps: verify and expand the historie(s) and timeline(s) of the UCI Anthropology department; interview additional faculty and alumni whose projects are in conversation with STS; profile current graduate students interested in developing STS research; locate the department’s contributions and engagements in the context of the wider UCI environment (such as collaborations with Critical Theory and the Informatics department), Southern California (and our location within the Pacific Rim), and the larger USA region.

Content Bibliography

Meta Level: Adams, James, and Maggie Woodruff. 2018. “UCI Anthro STS.” In STS Across Borders Digital Exhibit, curated by Aalok Khandekar and Kim Fortun. Society for Social Studies of Science. August. http://stsinfrastructures.org/content/uci-anthro-sts-0/essay . Level 2: Beginnings: Adams, James. “...Read more

STS Across Borders In Brief

STS Across Borders is a special exhibit organized by the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) to showcase how the field of Science and Technology Studies (STS) has developed in different times, places and intellectual traditions. The gallery-style exhibit is part of the 2018 4S meeting in...Read more