keywords: STS; open science; Kenya; collaboration; ethnographic data systems
Dr. Angela Okune is the Research Director and co-founder of “R”, a think-tank based in Nairobi, Kenya that works on the politics of knowledge in Africa. Current projects include serving on the advisory board for local universities, the African Academy of Sciences, and providing strategic guidance for education and data policies. Angela has an appointment with the University of Nairobi Department of Computing and Informatics as well as with the University of Berkeley Information School where she teaches courses on ethnography and qualitative research methodologies. Angela obtained her PhD in socio-cultural anthropology from the University of California, Irvine where she was the recipient of a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation and a 2018 Fellow at the UC Berkeley Center for Technology, Society and Policy. From 2010 – 2015, as co-founder of the research department at iHub, Nairobi’s innovation hub for the tech community, Angela provided strategic guidance for the growth of tech research in Kenya.
Tim Schütz is an associate professor in the Department of Science and Technology Studies, University of California, Davis. He broadly focuses on the development, politics, and governance of digital data infrastructures in urban environments. In his earlier ethnographic work, he helped to establish STS scholarship on “sociotechnical neglect” and “more-than-human-rights“ in the context of the ‘European refugee crisis’. During his graduate training at University of California, Irvine, he has further explored data visualization practices for the research on and governance of air pollution. As a member of DARIAH and the PECE development group, he is highly interested in fostering the use of digital methods and research platforms in the interdisciplinary social sciences. He is also an active member of kritnet, a critical migration research network, where he advocates for open digital infrastructures as part of solidarity cities.
Keywords: urban infrastructure; digital methods; data studies; visualization; sociotechnical neglect
James Robert (Jimbob) Adams is an associate professor of anthropology at the [Insert University]. He received his PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California, Irvine in 2021. As an anthropologically trained, political epistemologist of science, Adams’ work identifies and traces the genealogies of the ethico-aesthetic values informing the production, evaluation, and deployment of scientific data and knowledge in contemporary American politics. His first book, Austintatious Environmentality, uncovers how the cultivation of dissonance between data cultures, practices, and ideologies amongst the environmentally conscious communities of Austin, Texas both impeded and enriched collective attempts to define and perform responsible environmental governance. His current research investigates the influence of logics of sensation on the character of interdisciplinary collaborations, looking into the role of casual appeals to aesthetics, intuition, and humor in engendering shared styles of thinking. Adams is also committed to critically rethinking the ethics and politics of anthropological knowledge production, particularly around the concept and practice of collaboration and the ethos of cultural critique. He is a co-founder and co-curator of Beyond Anthropology, an experimental publication house dedicated to multimodal expressions of conceptual dialogue emerging from collaborative fieldwork. He has also published on a wide range of topics, from collaborative ethics of research and publication, the anthropology of energy science and infrastructure, the semiotics of difference, humor, and power, and the anthropology of the left.
Research interests: collaboration; STS; environmental governance; political epistemology; logics of sense; data pragmatics; data ideologies
Keywords: rural U.S., environmental anthropology, place-based knowledge, land management, pedagogy, politics of knowledge production, anthropology of policy
Danica Loucks currently works at X State University, in a joint appointment between the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service (CSREES) and the Center for Effective Instruction (CEI). Following her dissertation research on public lands conflict in southern Utah, Danica taught at Southern Utah University while working with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service to assess and revise how these agencies receive, interpret, and respond to public comments. Throughout this process she has encouraged an anthropologically-inflected approach to making sense of stakeholder desires and facilitated the incorporation of stakeholder views earlier in decision-making processes about land management policy. Her current work with XSU Extension involves collaborating with [name of state] farmers and ranchers and conservation organizations to set and work toward conservation goals that encourage agricultural and economic success alongside ecological health. Through the Center for Effective Instruction Danica has worked with faculty to incorporate social science perspectives into environmental science classes and degree programs. Additionally, she has worked with nearby schools to redesign how local and state history is taught in elementary and middle school curricula, putting an emphasis on histories and knowledges produced and preserved by residents from different cultural, class, and geographic backgrounds. Her most recent exciting collaboration is with the Y College Field School, a semester-long program in environmental science that has historically focused on teaching earth and natural sciences through outdoor courses and fieldwork in the Grand Tetons. In tandem with current field school instructors, Danica is developing two new educational pathways in the field school: one incorporates a history of science layer of analysis for students to better understand the cultural underpinnings of geology, biology, etc. as they engage in these sciences, while the other emphasizes learning the natural-cultural history of their field site and the political and cultural forces shaping the landscapes they have also examined through earth and natural scientific methods. Valuing her own connection to place and community, Danica is a 4-H Leader for the Shamrocks 4-H Club and is a cross country coach for X County High School.