The Workshop on Science, Technology, and Race (STAR)
Colonial, Post-colonial, Settler, and Fascist Citizens: How to Resist the Master-Plan
How did anti-colonial actors and post-colonial states in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries understand the projects of “modernization” and “development”? How was this particular, historically-specific form of scientific knowledge made, reproduced, and legitimated? The “Colonial and Postcolonial Planning and Counter-Planning” research project, based at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, brings together scholars seeking to understand the “master plans” of modernizing states as well as the resistant, critical, and affective responses of citizens and anti-State activists.
The Workshop on Science, Technology, and Race (STAR), co-sponsored by the UC Irvine Humanities Commons, the Newkirk Center for Science and Society, and the UC Consortium for Black Studies in California, at UC Irvine, will host members of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) research group “Colonial and Postcolonial Planning and Counter-Planning” at Irvine on January 12, 2017. We invite you to a panel and discussion on MPIWG’s collaborative project: a “keywords” manual of planning terms that focuses on moments when such terms, with meanings and usages that are assumed to be fixed within the discipline of planning, have been resisted, revised, reevaluated and reinterpreted. Through case studies on Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, post-colonial India, Nazi Germany and settler-colonial Canada, we will discuss the role histories of planning, particularly in the post-colonial world, can play in expanding the scope and critical relevance of histories of science and technology. Additionally, we will reflect on the kinds of narratives that emerge when we rethink the relationship between theoretical concepts and grounded histories of materiality and practice.
JANUARY 12, 2017 4 – 6 PM Humanities Gateway 1341