2015 Conference Program

7th Annual “Anthropology in Transit” Graduate Student Conference 
The Careers and Commitments Workshop and lunch will be held in the Graduate Resource Center. All other workshops will be in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Building (SBSG), room 1517.

May 1st: Workshops

  • 12:00-1:30PM Careers and Commitments Workshop (in the Graduate Resource Center)
    • “Success Stories: Leveraging Your Expertise to Create Career Opportunities”
    • Dr. Susan Coutin (UCI), Dr. Ilana Gershon (Indiana University), Dr. Melissa Cefkin (IBM)
    • Lunch will be provided
  • 2:00-3:30PM Project Development Workshops (Advanced RSVP Required)
    • Dr. Leo Chavez (UCI), Dr. Ilana Gershon (Indiana University), Patricia Kunrath Silva (UCI)
  • 3:30-4:00PM Coffee Break
  • 4:00-5:30PM Concurrent Specialized Workshops (Advanced RSVP Required)
    • “Contingent Pedagogies: Thinking Through Course Design and Instructional Strategies” Dr. Angela Jenks (UCI)
    • “So What? A Walkabout” Dr. Michael Montoya (UCI)
    • “Inversion Techniques” Dr. Valerie Olson (UCI)
  • 7:00-10:00PM Dinner Party at the Palo Verde Clubhouse

May 2nd: Panels

Social and Behavioral Sciences Building (SBSG), room 1517.

  • 8:00-9:00 Opening Reception
    • Participant Registration
    • Continental Breakfast
    • 8:45AM Welcome Remarks by Dr. Tom Boellstorff (University of California, Irvine)
  • 9:00-10:30AM
    • Session 1: “Contingency and Planning”
      • Christina Tekie (Cultural Anthropology, Duke University), “Mobility to fixity: Arms, War, and Transforming Infrastructures of Governance in Late 19th and Early 20th Century Ethiopia”
      • Laurie Moburg (Anthropology, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities), “Overflow: How Thai Rivers Exceed Human Narratives”
      • Cameron Hu (Anthropology, University of Chicago), “The Disaster Sciences and the New Time in Indonesia”
      • Natali Valdez (Anthropology, University of California, Irvine), “Contingent Contradictions: The Case of Epigenetics”
      • Discussant: Dr. Mihir Pandya (Science, Technology & Society, University of Southern California)
  • 10:30-11:00AM Coffee Break
  • 11:00-12:30PM
    • Session 2: “Affect, Commitment, and the Body”
      • Colin Ford (Anthropology, University of California, Irvine), “Toxic Play: Strategies for Inhabiting a Volatile Environment”
      • Courtney Cecale (Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles), “Therapeutic Interactions with Landscape: Chasing Highs from Heroin to Ultramarathons”
      • Lucy Carrillo (Anthropology, University of California, Irvine), “Managing Inclusion: Scientific-Economic Practice, Affects, and the Politics of Difference”
      • Devin Flaherty (Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles), “‘Global’ Hospice Care”
      • Discussant: Dr. Roxanne Varzi (University of California, Irvine)
  • 12:30-2:00PM Lunch
  • 2:00-3:30PM
    • Session 3: “Mobility, Modernity, and Uncertainty”
      • Mariel Gruszko (Anthropology, University of California, Irvine), “Egalitarian Aesthetics: Making Equality by Making Buildings”
      • Isaac Blacksin (History of Consciousness, University of California, Santa Cruz), “A Problem of Access: Journalistic Uncertainties and Textualizing of Violence”
      • Emily Andrews (Anthropology, University of California, Irvine), “Carceral Ethnography: Anthropological Methods in Prisons and Prison Towns”
      • Eric Hirsch (Anthropology, University of Chicago), “Mobility’s Gaps: Inconvenience as an Ethnographic Problem”
      • Discussant: Dr. Eleana Kim (University of California, Irvine)
  • 3:30-4:00PM Coffee Break
  • 4:00-5:30PM Keynote Presentation: Dr. James Ferguson (Anthropology, Stanford University), “Give a Man a Fish: From Patriarchal Productionism to the Politics of Distribution in Southern Africa and Beyond”