Jan 23, 2018 | Webinar: Talking Biopolitics with Alondra Nelson and Jenny Reardon on Racial and Genetic Justice

On January 23rd, Alondra Nelson and Jenny Reardon, both authors of recent books about genomics and social justice, will engage in conversation about their work. They’ll explore how institutions are responding to histories of racism in which genetics plays a role; the problems of knowledge that living in a genome-oriented world present; and how we can develop new understandings of racism, morality, and genetic justice.

This live webinar is part of Talking Biopolitics 2018, a continuing series by the Center for Genetics and Society, where cutting-edge thinkers talk about the social meanings of human biotechnologies. For updates and background materials, check out the Facebook event page and join the conversation on Twitter using #TalkingBiopolitics.

More information can be found on the Center for Genetics and Society website.

Reserve your spot now, by registering.

 

Alondra Nelson is Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Columbia University, where she has served as the inaugural Dean of Social Science and Director of the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality. She is president of the Social Science Research Council and chair of the American Sociological Association Section on Science, Knowledge, and Technology. Nelson’s most recent book, The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation after the Genome (Beacon Press, 2016), traces how claims about ancestry are marshaled together with genetic analysis in a range of social ventures.

Jenny Reardon is Professor of Sociology and the Founding Director of the Science and Justice Research Center at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Reardon’s most recent book, The Postgenomic Condition: Ethics, Justice & Knowledge After the Genome (Chicago University Press, Fall 2017), critically examines the decade after the Human Genome Project and the fundamental questions about meaning, value and justice this landmark achievement left in its wake.

 

Wednesday, January 23, 2018  **online**

Winter 2018 | Science and Justice Writing Together

Mondays | 1:00-4:00pm | SJRC Common Room, Oakes 231

Wanting to establish a regular writing routine exploring science and justice? Join SJRC scholars in the SJRC Common Room for open writing sessions! Engage in six 25-minute writing sessions (with a 5 minute break in between).

Open to all students, faculty and visiting scholars. We will continue to schedule writing sessions on a quarterly basis based on interest and availability, please be in touch if you are interested in participating in the future.

For more information, please contact Lindsey Dillon (Assistant Professor of Sociology).

Jan 17, 2017 | Visiting Scholars Roundtable

S&J welcomes Lesley Green, (Fulbright Scholar, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Founding Director of Environmental Humanities South at the University of Cape Town, South Africa) to the S&J Visiting Scholars Program who will share an overview of a forthcoming book, “Rock | Water | Life” and a wider Environmental Humanities South project building on soils scholarship, while visiting Santa Cruz. This will be a great chance for everyone to meet the new visiting faces of the Center, learn about their work and foster emerging collaborations!

Interested in visiting Science & Justice? Visit our website for more information on the SJRC Visiting Scholar Program.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 | 4:00-5:30 PM | SJRC Common Room, Oakes 231

Nov 29, 2017 | Treasure Island and Ecological, Infrastructural, and Racial Justice

Illustration of the world melting

“Treasure Island and Ecological, Infrastructural, & Racial Justice – Atomic Maneuvers, Toxic Legacies, and the Current Housing Crisis in the Bay Area: For Whom and When is Treasure Island Habitable?”

San Francisco’s Treasure Island, constructed for the 1939 Gold Gate Internal Exposition, was given to the US Navy on the eve of World War II. While under the Navy’s dominion, the island because a simulation site for training soldiers to handle disasters. Following the testing of the hydrogen bomb at Bikini Atoll in 1952, Treasure Island became ground zero for training exercises on radioactive contamination. These “simulations” leaked into the real world, contaminating the Island with toxic and radioactive substances (Dillon, see background reading). When the military left Treasure Island they gave it to the city of San Francisco. Treasure Island, a toxic site, is inhabited by a majority of people of color, who are now being threatened with eviction in order to accommodate the city’s plan to build 8500 new housing units.

The inseparability of ecological, infrastructural, and racial justice will be a central theme of the presentations, asking: For whom and when is Treasure Island habitable? There will be plenty of time for conversation, and there will also be refreshments.

Convener:
Karen Barad (Feminist Studies, SJRC)

Participants:

Lindsey Dillon (UCSC Sociology, SJRC, EDGI)

Topiary Landberg (UCSC Film & Digital Media, SJRC fellow)

Smadar Lavie (Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley, resident of Treasure Island)

Erin McElroy (UCSC Feminist Studies, Co-Founder of the San Francisco Anti-Eviction Mapping Project)

 

For Background Reading, please email Lindsey Dillon:

Lindsey Dillon, “Pandemonium on the Bay: Naval Station Treasure Island and the Toxic Legacies of Atomic Defense”

Background on the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project:

http://www.othercinema.com/otherzine/anti-eviction-mapping-project-an-interview-with-erin-mcelroy/

 

November 29, 2017 | 4:00-6:00 PM | Science and Justice Common Room, Oakes 231

Nov 01, 2017 | Visiting Scholars Round Robin

New S&J Visiting Scholars, Kim Hendrickx and Joan Haran, will share a bit about their work and research intentions while visiting Santa Cruz. This will be a great chance for everyone to meet the new visiting faces of the Center, learn about their work and foster emerging collaborations!

We will also hear reflections from current visitors Joe Klett and Melissa Eitzel on the progression of their work and projects.

Interested in visiting Science & Justice? Visit our website for more information on the SJRC Visiting Scholar Program.

 

November 01, 2017 | 4:00-5:30 PM | SJRC Common Room, Oakes 231

Oct 18, 2017 | Imaginactivism: Magic, Figuration & Speculative Fiction in the Pursuit of Justice

Speculative Fiction Workshop with Joan Haran and Martha Kenney
With interventions from Starhawk, Donna Haraway, and Elizabeth Stephens

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
1:00-4:30 PM
DARC Light Lab 306

In this workshop we will take inspiration from Starhawk and Donna Haraway. In their writings since the later 1970s we can trace both the influence of a web of feminist SFs, including speculative fiction, science fiction and speculative fabulation, and their own crafting of SF. They are both authors of feminist SF; most explicitly with Starhawk’s The Fifth Sacred Thing (1993) and its sequel City of Refuge (2015) and Haraway’s “The Camille Stories” (2016) but also implicitly in their work on movement-building and figuration. They use SF not to conjure purified alternatives or forms of escape, but to remain embedded in and accountable to the world. The workshop will focus on this mode of SF and their insistence on accounting for compromised and difficult relationality, shared responsibility and non-innocence.

For this workshop, we invite feminist, queer, antiracist, and decolonial STS scholars or activists working on environmental and racial justice to experiment with the possibilities of speculative and visionary storytelling. All participants will submit a short piece of work (by October 2nd) which will be circulated to other workshop participants for reading ahead of the workshop. If you’ve never done creative writing before, do not worry! We are looking for messy and promising provocations, not polished manuscripts. You are asked to submit 900 words of speculative fiction about a place that is particularly meaningful to you. You might conjure up its future, produce a speculative and disruptive history or trace the contours of an alternate present. Who and what have (had) attachments to that place, and how are those attachments bound up in larger networks of interrelationship? Do those attachments open up ways of imagining flourishing cohabitation (however you conceive of that), or do those attachments need to be disconnected and / or reconnected to create spaces of possibility?

Read the full CFP and reserve your place by emailing jharan@uoregon.edu and cmasseng@ucsc.edu.

Reception
4:30 PM – 5:00 PM (Workshop Participants)
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM (open to public)
DARC Lab 108

Please join the Speculative Workshop participants for a reception before the public dialogue with Donna Haraway and Starhawk.

A Public Conversation with Donna Haraway and Starhawk
Magic, Figuration & Speculative Fiction as Calls to Action

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
6:00-8:00 PM
DARC Lab 108

Please register to attend as seating is limited.

Starhawk and Haraway will engage questions about their lifetimes of activism and writing in a conversation moderated by SJRC Visiting Scholar, Joan Haran. The dialogue will explore the convergences and divergences of their respective work in ecofeminism and feminist science studies. How do they each account for their participation in key social movements and what do they understand to be the most urgent work to be done in our current moment? Dr Haran will invite Starhawk and Haraway to reflect on the ways in which they have addressed their readers and students to engage and empower them. How do they address the challenge of communicating and working across generations? She will ask about their innovative and creative rhetorical strategies, and about the ways in which they are both motivated by speculative fictions and use them to motivate others. She will ask them to reflect on the ethical and political commitments that they have in common; the conditions of possibility afforded by living and working from Northern California in the late 20th and early 21st century; and the specific practices they undertake and relationships they nurture to balance their critical concerns with joy and pleasure in Technoscience and everyday life.

Joan Haran is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellow at the Center for the Study of Women in Society, University of Oregon and the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, Cardiff University. In her current research she is developing several case studies to test out the concept Imaginactivism:the entanglement of fictional cultural production and social justice activism.  Her book, Genomic Fictions: Genes, Gender and Genre is forthcoming from the University of Wales Press.

Donna J. Haraway is Distinguished Professor Emerita in History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies, UC Santa Cruz. In her latest book Staying With the Trouble she extends her longstanding engagement with SFs – science fiction, speculative fiction, string figures , for example – into her own experiments with speculative fabulation. She writes: “The Children of Compost insist that we need to write stories and live lives for flourishing and for abundance, especially in the teeth of rampaging destruction and impoverization.”

Martha Kenney (Assistant Professor, Women and Gender Studies, San Francisco State University) is a feminist science studies scholar whose research explores the poetics and politics of ecological storytelling. Alongside her main research project on the narratives emerging from environmental epigenetics, she is working on a collaborative work of climate fiction (cli-fi) that considers what kinds of labor, sociality and happiness might sustain us in a world increasingly devastated by the violence of capitalist production, consumption, and waste. She has lead creative writing workshops for Science and Technology Studies scholars at UC Santa Cruz, Berkeley, and San Francisco State University.

Starhawk is an author, activist and teacher, famous for her ecofiction The Fifth Sacred Thing as well as many works of non-fiction. She is co-founder of Earth Activist Trainings, teaching permaculture design grounded in spirit and with a focus on organizing and activism.  Since May of 2001, Earth Activist Trainings has graduated over 1000 students who now shepherd projects that range from community power-down strategies in Iowa City to water catchment programs in Bolivia, from inner city gardens in San Francisco to programs in the West Bank of Palestine.

Elizabeth Stephens is a performance artist, filmmaker, activist and educator. Her work explores themes of queerness, feminism and environmentalism. She is the founding director of the E.A.R.T.H. Lab which explores environmental art, research, theory and happenings. Her most recent feature film, co-directed with life partner and collaborator Annie Sprinkle, is Water Makes Us Wet. Stephens has exhibited visual art, created performance art pieces and screened films nationally and internationally for over 35 years. Most recently she and Sprinkle participated in Documenta 14.

Workshop and Dialogue co-sponsored by: Science and Justice Research Center, Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, Center for Creative Ecologies, Departments of Feminist Studies, History of Consciousness, Philosophy, Sociology, Division of Art, E.A.R.T.H. Lab and OpenLab.

 

Imaginactivism Critical Listening Imaginactivism report by Chessa Adsit-Morris

Oct 11, 2017 | Meet & Greet

Please join us for a beginning of quarter social hour. In addition to a chance to celebrate the new academic year and enjoy each other’s company over nice food and drink, we will be welcoming new members of our community, and welcoming back others.

This will be a great chance for everyone to meet the new faces in the Center and foster emerging collaborations!

 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 | 4:00-5:30 PM | SJRC Common Room, Oakes 231

Fall 2017 | Science and Justice Writing Together

Wanting to establish a regular writing routine exploring science and justice? Join SJRC scholars Wednesday mornings from 9:00am-12:00pm in the SJRC Common Room beginning Oct 4th through Dec 5th for open writing sessions! Engage in six 25-minute writing sessions (with a 5 minute break in between).

Open to all SJRC graduate students, faculty and visiting scholars. We will schedule writing sessions on a quarterly basis based on interest and availability, please be in touch if you are interested in participating in the future but cannot participate on Wednesdays during Fall quarter.

For more information, please contact Lindsey Dillon (Assistant Professor of Sociology).

 

Wednesdays (fall term) | 9:00 AM -12:00 PM | SJRC Common Room, Oakes 231

Oct 03, 2017 | Epigenetics, Trauma, and Restorative Justice

Post-genomic scientific research practices are shifting conceptualizations of the relationships between bodies & environments over human lifetimes and generations (Lappé & Landecker 2015; Darling et al. 2016). Epigenetics has recently generated a set of frameworks & methods for linking environmental & social exposures to molecular effects. Ruth Müller and Martha Kenney are investigating how the narratives about early life adversity coming out of environmental epigenetics circulate in the life sciences and in wider publics (Kenney & Müller, 2017).

In their recent article “Of Rats and Women: Narratives of Motherhood in Environmental Epigenetics,” they identify troubling trends in how the results of these experiments are narrated, specifically how trauma and early life adversity are often framed as causing potentially-irreversible life-long damage.

In this experimental mixer, they will join SJRC Assistant Director Kate Weatherford Darling and S&J visitor Kim Hendrickx in dialogue about their current research project that investigates how research from epigenetics and neurobiology is currently taken up by restorative justice and trauma-informed care practitioners. They ask: How do their models of trauma differ from those of life scientists? How are biological frameworks enrolled in the context of restorative justice events and trainings? How can narratives emerging from restorative justice and trauma-informed care contribute important perspectives to research in the life sciences?

 

Ruth Müller is an STS researcher with degrees in Molecular Biology (MSc) and Sociology (PhD). Her research explores the nexus of science, technology & policy with a focus on the sociology and epistemology of the life sciences. She is Assistant Professor of Science & Technology Policy at Technical University of Munich. https://www.mcts.tum.de/en/personen/professuren/ruth-mueller/

Martha Kenney (PhD History of Consciousness, UC Santa Cruz) is a feminist science studies scholar whose research explores the poetics and politics of biological storytelling. She is Assistant Professor in the Department of Women and Gender Studies at San Francisco State University. https://wgsdept.sfsu.edu/people/25283/martha-kenney

 

October 03, 2017 | 10:00-11:30 AM  | SJRC Common Room, Oakes 231

May 18-19, 2017 | Environmentalism Outside the Box: An Ecosex Symposium

Flyer for Environmentalism Outside the Box: An Ecosex Symposium

Environmentalism Outside the Box: An Ecosex Symposium

A multi-disciplinary gathering to explore our relationships with the environment and social justice, engage in human/non-human collaboration, critique ideologies and debate new sexualities. Let’s examine where our “bodies” end and “nature” begins. What happens when we posit the Earth as our lover?

Schedule to include keynotes by Kim TallBear (Professor of Indigenous Studies, University of Alberta) on Decolonizing Settler Sexuality and Chris Cuomo (Professor from University of Georgia) on Race and Environmentalism, a post screening conversation with Donna Haraway following feature film Story Telling for Earthly Survival and panel discussions with Joe Dumit (Professor of Anthropology and Chair of Performance Studies, UC Davis), Beth Stephens (Professor of Art, UCSC), Lisa Rofel (Professor of Anthropology, UCSC) and Cleo Woelfle-Erskine (S&J UC President’s Postdoctoral fellow).

Symposium is free. Parking is $4.

See schedule at https://earthlab.ucsc.edu/ecosex-symposium/

 

May 18-19, 2017 | All Day | Digital Arts Research Center, DARC 108