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.
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.
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.