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STS retreat 2010

Marin Headlands Institute, CA


        The 2010 "Innovations" STS Retreat will be held
Wednesday June 16 - Friday June 18 at the Marin Headlands Institute. 



During our first day of retreat each participant will have 3 MINUTES
to introduce themselves, their current project, goals and challenges.
Everyone can use UP TO 2 POWERPOINT SLIDES to illustrate points, or
show some photographic material from your fieldwork. You can also
consider preparing a text to read during the 3 minute presentation.
During the previous retreats this method was very useful to know about
each others’ work. Please send your slides to this email address 
(cal.sts.network@gmail.com) by FRIDAY JUNE 11 at 5PM. 
We will put together one long slideshow to
minimize PC/MAC computer switching problems.

Grad-Faculty Workshop:

The first evening (Wednesday) will be devoted to grad students getting
feedback on their ongoing projects from faculty and other grads.  In
order to facilitate this, we are adapting a format used quite
successfully by the “association of political and legal anthropology”.
In our version, we would like each graduate student to prepare one
single-spaced page that summarizes their research project focusing on
the challenges that doing this type of research poses for them. They
can focus on theoretical or methodological issues they are facing.
These summaries should be sent to this same address by Friday, June 11
at 5PM and will be
made available to the other participants. We will do our
best to
 divide grads and faculty into a small set of groups that maximizes
 number of faculty unfamiliar with the grads they are commenting on.
Then we will have small-group conversation and feedback for each of
the students that will broaden both the networks of everyone and the
STS perspectives brought to bear on future work. Once in the workshop,
each student will have a couple of minutes to provide more background
information, or provide other information that is not in the summary.
After that, faculty participants will provide feedback to the student,
and if there is enough time, the other students will also participate
in the discussion.  At the end of each slot of 15-20 minutes, students
will have had focused feedback from faculty members and fellow
students which hopefully will provide ideas on how to manage the
challenges they are facing in their project development.

Accommodations and dietary needs:

We want to remind you that this is dorm-style accommodations and so
if you think you might want to stay off-site please let us know as soon
as possible because it will affect our reservation. Check out the
Headlands Site for more details
In the past the dorms have been fine (and almost entirely ours so more
or less private). If you did not complete the survey AND have a dietary
please let us know. 

Packing recommendations:

(   )  Foot gear (sturdy, ankle supporting, preferably waterproof)
(   )  Rain gear
(   )  Hat, gloves or mittens
(   )  Jacket (A lightweight lined parka with a hood is a good choice)
(   )  Sweater (Wool is best)
(   )  Sunglasses
(   )  Small flashlight
(   )  Camera and film
(   )  Water bottle
(   ) Warm sleeping bag
(   ) Pillow
(   ) Pajamas
(   ) Bath Towel
(   ) Alarm clock
(   ) Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, washcloth etc.)
(   ) Quarters for washers and dryers, laundry soap


We will begin the retreat with lunch on Wednesday June 16 and will
have events scheduled until lunch on Friday. If you think you will
not be be there for one or both lunches (and did not complete the survey about this),
please let us know.
 At the end of this email you will find information about
the workshops (and the other homework!). 



12:30-1:30 p.m.:           Lunch
2:00-5:00 p.m.:             Introductions: 3 minute project descriptions
5:00-6:00 p.m.:             Nature Walks! 
6:00-7:00 p.m.:             Dinner
8:00-9:30 p.m.:             Dissertation Workshops (Information to follow)
8:00-9:00 a.m.:             Breakfast!
10:00-12:00 a.m.:          Workshop:  (Information to follow)     
12:30-1:30 p.m.:           Lunch!
2:00 6:00 p.m.:             DIY Workshops and Walks
6:00-7:00 p.m.:             Dinner!
8:00- ...:                       Evening events up fro grabs!

8:00-9:00 a.m.:             Breakfast!
9:30-12:00 p.m.:           Workshop: Innovation [Studies] & STS
12:00-1:00 p.m.:           Lunch!


Workshop 1: Latour & Matters of Concern

by Marianne de Laet
Associate Professor of Anthropology and Science, Technology, and Society
Director, Hixon Forum for Responsive Science and Engineering
Harvey Mudd College

Read the following, and bring a poster/map/sheet of paper with a diagram of
your matters of concern. 
This may be drawings, diagrams, or words and
will be posted upon arrival. 


de LAET, Marianne and Annemarie MOL
(2000). "The Zimbabwe Bush Pump: Mechanics of a Fluid Technology". Social Studies of Science 30(2): 225-263.

(2008). What is the style of matters of concern? Amsterdam, University of Amsterdam.
Available also at: http://www.bruno-latour.fr/articles/article/97-STYLE-MATTERS-CONCERN.pdf

All readings are available at the end of this page!

Workshop 2: Applied STS and Social Entrepreneurship

by Susan Sim
Assistant Professor
Department of Informatics
Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences
University of California, Irvine

Workshop 3: Innovation Studies & STS

by Mario Biagioli 
Science & Technology Studies & School of Law
University of California, Davis

Please read Biagioli's Innovation Studies overview, and also the introduction
to MacKenzie et al. (2007) Do Economists Make Markets?  Mario suggests
that you also look at the one-page Financial Times article that MacKenzie wrote
as an example of the types of audience one can reach beyond academia.

Please bring a list of some of the books you might teach in your own version
of an Innovation Studies course. 


(Work in progress). "Innovation studies: networking the sciences, social sciences, humanities, law, and business".

MacKENZIE, Donald;
(2009). "The cultural arbitrage that drove the credit boom". Financial Times, Thursday, November 26.

MacKENZIE, Donald; Fabian MUNIESA and Lucia SIU (eds.)
(2007). "Introduction". In: Do economists make markets?: on the performativity of economics. Princeton, Princeton University Press.

All readings are available at the end of this page!

Previous communications:

Vote on the dates + Workshop ideas!

These are the two possible dates we are working with that are right at the end
of the school year (semester and quarter) and hopefully before people
leave or begin summer plans:

Option one:
 Weekend of June 11-13 (Friday afternoon/evening-Sunday lunch.)
Option two: Three days during the week of June 14-18 (not the whole week.)
If you vote or this option please indicate beginning of end of week.

Voting is open until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23.

We are also looking for people who have ideas for workshops, if you are interested
in hosting a workshop please let us know as soon as possible.

The call for volunteers for this year's organizing committee is open!
The committee wil be responsible for getting ideas together for workshops alongside
fundraising and other organizational things. It will be held this Summer again at the 
Marin Headlands Institute, a stunning location on the beach just across the
Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco (
If you would like to be involved in the organizing of this year's retreat please send
a note by March 5, 2010


          The cost is $100.00 per person (This include lodging and meals.)


Step 1: Please email us (cal.sts.network@gmail.com) to include your name
           in the registration list. 
Step 2: Send in your registration payments by Wednesday April 28. Please
           make your checks payable to UC REGENTS and send them to:

          STS c/o Philosophy Dept.
          UC DAVIS 
          One Shields Ave.
          Davis, CA 95616
          Attn: Nicole Gasteiger

For more information please email us at: cal.sts.network@gmail.com or directly to:

        Joseph Dumit (dumit@ucdavis.edu) / Michelle Stewart (mlstewart@ucdavis.edu)