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Science Studies work of Prof. Charlie Thorpe

Professor Charlie Thorpe has been busy writing.   He has an article (co-authored with Jane Gregory of University College London) due to be published in September in Science as Culture. The title is “Producing the Post-Fordist Public: The Political Economy of Public Engagement in Science.” Thorpe and Gregory argue that projects in the UK to foster public participation with scientific and technological decision-making must be seen within the context of post-Fordist capitalism. These projects are part of the broader shaping of interactive and reflexive forms of consumerism and consumer citizenship under post-Fordism.

Thorpe is  presenting a paper at the conference of the Science and Democracy Network, held in the UK at the end of June. His paper is titled “From Public Engagement to Democratic Planning.” The paper argues that a meaningful program for participatory democratic science policy must challenge capitalist relations of the ownership of technology and the marketization of science and technology.

Charlie Thorpe has also written a review essay, discussing a book on science under the Nazis and a study of Albert Einstein’s politics — forthcoming in the journal Metascience. In the essay, Thorpe draws on the sociological theory of Norbert Elias in order to suggest a new way of thinking about Einstein’s politics.


Jon Shafran awarded UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Collaborative Grad Student Research Grant

Jon Shafran was awarded the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Collaborative Graduate Student Research Grant for his dissertation project on gender inequality and embodiment in STEM professions. Congrats Jon!

Tricia Wang to speak at UCLA Humanities conference

Grad student Tricia Wang will be a  speaker about the recent exodus of Google from China on June 29th, at the UCLA Eight International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities. The title of her talk – Googlist Realism: The free-information regime as the new site of cultural imperialism and ethical tensions.

To attend, visit http://www.HumanitiesConference.com

Sabrina Strings awarded UC President’s Dissertation Fellowship

Graduate student Sabrina Strings has been awarded the UC President’s Dissertation Fellowship for further research on her dissertation entitled, “Bound Bodies” which investigates how fatness and slenderness were gendered, raced, and classed near the turn of the 20th century.

The President’s Dissertation Year Fellowships are awarded to promising students in the final stages of their dissertation research. Their research and/or involvement in the campus community must demonstrate a commitment to diversity and their work must also demonstrate a strong potential for university teaching and research.

This is excellent news — well done Sabrina!

Angela Garcia awarded UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Grant

Graduate student Angela Garcia has been awarded a UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment grant to study local immigration laws in California. Congrats Angela!