FEBRUARY 7-8, 2020


Conference Theme

Conceptualizing Spatial Stories

When we began to organize this conference more than a year ago, we were inspired by a quote from geographer Doreen Massey : “Space, instead of being a flat surface, it’s more like a...Read more


UCI Anthropology graduate students have organized an annual conference -- Anthropology in Transit -- since 2010. Run entirely by graduate students for graduate students, AiT provies a space where UCI Anthro students put forth themes and concepts that pull diverse researchers, disciplines, and topics into conversation. 

Past conferences have explored themes such as “Nuance” (in warfare, bodies, and data, for example), “Antagonisms” (in nation states, law, and infrastructure), “Failure” (in bureaucracy, environments, activism, and education). 

2020 AiT Design Group and Sponsorships

This year's Anthropology in Tranist conference is co-chaired by Gina Hakim, Kaitlyn Rabach, Jessica Slattery, and Danielle Tassara, all second-year doctoral students in UCI's Department of Anthropology.

The 2020 Anthropology in Transit Conference is presented by ...Read more



Dr. David Goldberg, UC Humanities Research Institute

David Theo Goldberg is the Director of the University of California Humanities Research Institute. Formerly Director and Professor of the School of Justice Studies, a law and social science program, at Arizona State University, he is the author of Racist Culture: Philosophy and the...Read more

Abstracts & Bios

Janelle Levy, "Kingston As City And Plantation: The Racial Organization Of Space In A Black Atlantic City"

Having a population of over 90% African descent, Jamaica is easily described as a Black Nation. However, the logic of its colonial past which are embedded in its institutions and built environment are patently Anti-Black. Much like a plantation, Jamaica's capital, Kingston, is not distinguished...Read more

Jason Palmer, "Sacred White Places of Color: Peruvians Temple Mormonism"

There are white spaces. There are spaces of color. There are spaces where “Racism Takes Place” (Lipsitz 2011, title). But can there be white spaces of color? It is hard to imagine a space on the globe whiter than the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saint’s newest edifice: The Arequipa, Peru...Read more

Ian Baran, "Planning In The Insurgent (Under)commons"

Planning and constructing egalitarian worlds necessitates thinking through the interconnectedness of areas of high and low density using study and research that engages in liberatory praxis. By emphasizing the egalitarian horizon, I aim to push notions of planning through an abolitionist...Read more

MARIANNA REIS, "Urban (In)Formality And The Ambivalence Of Infrastructural Upgrade In Nazareth"

Nazareth, with a population of nearly 80,000, is the largest Palestinian city in Israel. But, if you ask local residents, Nazareth is more of an overgrown village: it is dense and overcrowded, suffers from widespread infrastructural disrepair, and has developed in spite of decades of government...Read more


Anthropology in Transit 2020 | Shared Questions

  • MATERIALITIES: How does this panel draw out the material features and infrastructures of place and space?

  • SCALES: How are space and place scaled in this panel? How are bodies cast and

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Panel Photos