Thursday, April 22, 2021, 4:30pm-6:00pm (EDT)
Kim Fortun, Professor and Department Chair in the University of California Irvine's Department of Anthropology.
Experiments in Ethnographic Collaboration: Purposes, Designs, Infrastructures, Invitations
In this presentation, Prof. Fortun shares what she has learned about collaboration through projects supported by the Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography (PECE), digital research space, built to support collaboration in cultural anthropology, history and kindred fields. She'll also introduce diverse collaborative projects, inviting participation. This presentation extends from work with the PECE Design Group, and with the design groups for many PECE projects.
Professor Fortun's research and teaching focus on environmental risk and disaster, data practices and politics, and experimental ethnographic methods and research design. Her research examines how people in different geographic and organizational contexts understand environmental problems, uneven distributions of environmental health risks, developments in the environmental health sciences, and factors that contribute to disaster vulnerability. Fortun’s book Advocacy After Bhopal Environmentalism, Disaster, New World Orders was awarded the 2003 Sharon Stephens Prize by the American Ethnological Society. Current projects include The Asthma Files, a collaborative project to understand the cultural dimensions of environmental health and the Platform for Experimental and Collaborative Ethnography (PECE), an open source/access digital platform for anthropological and historical research. From 2005-2010, Fortun co-edited the Journal of Cultural Anthropology. September 2017- 2019, Fortun served as President of the Society for Social Studies of Science, the international scholarly society representing the field of Science and Technology Studies. Fortun now co-edits a book series for University of Pennsylvania Press, Critical Studies in Risk and Disaster.