Sawyer Seminar Series: Trapping Epistemes

On March 18, 2013 at UC Davis, this seminar featured Alberto Corsín Jiménez and Karen Barad as part of the Sawyer Seminar Series.

Alberto Corsín Jiménez is a Senior Scientist in Social Anthropology at the Spanish National Research Council, and Head of the Social Sciences Board at the Spanish National Agency for the Evaluation of Science. He has an interest in the organization of ethnography and anthropological knowledge as descriptive and theoretical forms. He has just finished a book, A trompe l'oeil anthropology for a common world, where description is placed at perpendicular angles vis-a-vis emerging forms of global public knowledge. His current work examines the rise of an urban commons movement and the development of open-source urban hardware projects by architects, artists and engineers.

Karen Barad is Professor of Feminist Studies, Philosophy, and History of Consciousness at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Her Ph.D. is in theoretical particle physics. She held a tenured appointment in a physics department before moving into more interdisciplinary spaces. She is the author of Meeting the Universe Halfway: Quantum Physics and the Entanglement of Matter and Meaning (Duke, 2007) and numerous articles in the fields of physics, philosophy, science studies, poststructuralist theory, and feminist theory. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Hughes Foundation, the Irvine Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is the Co-Director of the Science & Justice Graduate Training Program at UCSC.

The Sawyer Seminars at UC Davis, Indigenous Cosmopolitis: Dialogues about the Reconstitution of Worlds, convenes an interdisciplinary, international group of scholars to discuss the innovative possibilities at the crossroads of indigenous social movements and studies of science and technology. For more information about the series, visit sawyerseminar.ucdavis.edu.