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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,colonial states, and post-colonial states understand the projects of “modernization” and “development” in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries? 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, pragmatic 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, the Department of History, 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’s socialist period, colonial Belgian 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, technology and knowledge. 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 1030 (note- room has changed)
Newkirk Center Advisory Board member and UCI Distinguished Professor Elizabeth Loftus has been awarded the international 2016 John Maddox Prize for courage in promoting science and evidence on a matter of public interest, despite facing difficulty and hostility in doing so.
Loftus is recognized as a leader in the field of human memory and for her ground-breaking work on the “misinformation effect” which demonstrates that the memories of eyewitnesses are altered after being exposed to incorrect information about an event, as well as her work on the creation and nature of false memories.
Leaving a child unattended is considered taboo in todays intensive parenting atmosphere, despite evidence that American children are safer than ever. Lenore Skenazy – a journalist who was dubbed “America’s Worst Mom” after letting her 9-year-old son take the subway alone and writing about it – knows this first hand. In response to the enormous media blowback she received, Skenazy wrote the book and founded the blog Free-Range Kids, a phrase that has entered the pop culture lexicon. Her work has been hailed in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Daily Show and countless other media outlets.
Skenazy was also one of the inspirations behind research conducted at UCI by Ashley Thomas and Barbara Sarnecka (cognitive sciences) and Kyle Stanford (logic & philosophy of science) which found that moral judgments about parents affect perceptions of risk to children. You’re invited to come listen to a talk and participate in a Q&A with the popular author and blogger to learn more about parenting culture in the U.S. and how we’ve come to be so afraid for our kids.
How Did We Get So Afraid for Our Kids?
October 26, 2016
Newkirk Alumni Center, Conference Room AB
Reception & Refreshments 5:30 p.m.
Author & Blogger
Parking is available in Mesa Court Parking Structure for $2 per hour or $10 per day.