Tuesday, January 12, 2010

MSTS Workshop at UC Irvine, Feb. 19, 2010

MSTS: Emergent Intersections, Unexpected Syntheses
Friday, February 19, 2010, UC Irvine
Social Science Plaza B (SSPB) Building, Room 1208
The workshop is free to attend, but registration is required.
To register, please RSVP to Denise Raynor.

Medical anthropology and science and technology studies (STS) represent two vibrant and diverse fields of inquiry, with long histories of intersection within anthropology and beyond. Despite these many points of collaboration and cross-fertilization, the theoretical, methodological, and empirical promise of synthesizing these fields of inquiry remains incompletely realized. Participants in this one-day conference will discuss how medical anthropology and STS might be reconstrued as a unified-yet-diverse domain of research, theorization, and activism. The conference is thus predicated on recognizing that the social phenomena studied by "medical anthropology" and "science and technology studies" are inextricably linked, and understanding these linked formations requires not just moving between disparate fields of inquiry, but rethinking the borders of "the field" itself.

This informal conference serves to celebrate the launching of the UC Irvine Department of Anthropology's Graduate Certificate in Anthropologies of Medicine, Science, and Technology, as well as the proposed MA degree in Medicine, Science, and Technology Studies (MSTS). It is also the inaugural event for the Department's "Anthropology in Transit" conference series. These conferences, informally termed the "405/91/5" conferences, creatively leverage the extraordinary concentration of cutting-edge anthropological scholarship in the Southern California region.

Speakers include: Carole Browner (UCLA), Chikako Takeshita (UCR), Janis H. Jenkins (UCSD), Kristin Peterson (UCI), Douglas Thomas (USC), Mei Zhan (UCI)

10:00a Welcome and introductions
10:15a Faculty panel
11:45a Lunch
1:00p Graduate student panel
2:30p Break
2:45p General discussion
3:30p End of conference

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