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

AiT Panel Six: Toxicity and Everyday Militarism


Dr. Jennifer Terry, UCI Gender and Sexuality Studies

Since January 2003, Jennifer Terry has been a professor of Women’s Studies/Gender & Sexuality Studies with affiliations in Anthropology and Comparative Literature at the University of California at Irvine. Her scholarship is concentrated in feminist cultural studies; science and technology...Read more

Abstracts & Bios

RILEY TAITINGFONG, "Engineering Island Laboratories: Gene Drive And the Myth of Isolation"

The Pacific has long been appropriated by settler colonial and military powers as a site of experimentation, with detrimental impacts to Indigenous Pacific Islanders and their ancestral lands. Given their perceived isolation and remoteness, islands were targeted for the detonation of nuclear...Read more

JÉSSICA COYOTECATL, "How To See A Clean Beach: Summerland, CA And Its Seeping ‘Legacy Wells’"

Summerland, in Santa Barbara CA, is often depicted as a coastal town with a beach of white sand and year-round sun where people can bath, exercise, and relax. In this imaginary, the history of this place begins with an oil boom at the turn of the 20th century that has now faded. Since 2011,...Read more

EMMA SHAW CRANE, "The Counterinsurgent Suburb: War Aftermaths And Urban Futures At City’s Edge"

A military base in Homestead, Florida—a southern suburb of Miami—is a crucial node in the War on Terror and a command center of the hemispheric War on Drugs. Soldiers from the base deploy to Iraq and Afghanistan, administer the detention camp at Guantánamo Bay, and embed as military...Read more

D BUSTILLO, "With And Beyond The Daddy Tank: Gender, Confinement, And Queer Desire"

Carceral histories reveal much about the US security landscape, its commitment to the immobilization of bodies, and its reliance on race, class, and gender to determine national belonging. Drawing from race and ethnic studies, feminist security studies, feminist geographies, queer carceral...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