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11th Annual Summer California STS Retreat

It's that time of year again!

Time to start preparing for the Annual California STS Summer Retreat!

We will be celebrating our 11th Anniversary this year walking and talking again at the Nature Bridge venue in the beautiful Marin Headlands (

The retreat will be held June 9-11, 2017.

Feel free to circulate this announcement to folks at California universities who might be interested. As you know, STS lives in many different corners and every year we need help finding them. If you did not get this directly and want to be on our list, email us at

At the retreat this year, we will continue with successful events from the past:

* STS in 2 minutes

* Dissertation proposal groups

* Mini-Workshops taught by faculty

* Professionalization Sessions (grants, jobs, writing, teaching, etc)

* Visual/Film/Documentary Teaching

* Slideshare Karaoke!

* Nature & Beach Theory Walks

* Great meals and lots of coffee in collectable swag



Because of the demand for the Nature Bridge venue, the cap for attendance this year is 43 people. We have always had more than this. As in years past, it will be first come first serve but all grads, faculty, postdocs from California are welcome.

Since there is a limited number of spots available, we ask that everyone confirm their attendance by sending their registration fee of $160 no later than March 20. The fee covers room and board at Nature Bridge. Transportation is up to you.

You can register at the following link:

Please note that this year this fee is NON-REFUNDABLE. So please take the time to consider whether you are really able to participate.

Your space will not be reserved until we receive your registration fee.

You may make your deposits payable to *UC Regents*

Send them to:

UC Davis

ATTN: Nicole Kramer

Science & Technology Studies

Room 1240, Social Sciences and Humanities Bldg.

One Shields Avenue

Davis, CA 95616

*Please do not make your checks out to Nicole; she's happy to take your money, but unfortunately, that won't hold you a spot at the retreat. If you need a receipt you may indicate with a note included with your deposit.

For UC faculty, the UC system does not want cash or checks exchanged between campuses. Instead, it wants money transferred directly through the UC system. So, if you are a member of UC faculty at another campus and will be asking for reimbursement from your funds at your campus, UC instead would like us to do a direct transfer of funds. Please ask your departments ahead of time to plan whether or not you will be using UC funds before sending us a check. You can email the contact info for your accounting person to Nicole Kramer at and she can arrange the transfers.


We are working on some amazing workshops and will announce them as soon as they are confirmed. But please let us know who you think would be great to host workshops this year. Faculty or postdocs - if YOU are interested in guiding a workshop (1-2 hours) on a topic of your choosing and format as inventive or straightforward as you like (from interactive, role-playing and lectures to methods assignments, etc). It is an open event on the topic of choice for the workshops leader. Previous year's workshops have included "Mapping your STS", "Latour and Matters of Concern", "Innovation Studies and STS", "How would you reconfigure an animal lab?", "Robot artists and STS", etc. For more examples of workshops (homework etc) you can visit the STS CA Network webpage:

Please contact us immediately if you would like to host a workshop this year or have ideas for one. We would like to confirm the workshops as soon as possible.


If you want to help with other aspects of organizing, have ideas you wanted to see implemented, help us work on a "logo" or design, suggestions for evening activities, etc. Or if you want to help organize and spread the word around your campus, PLEASE join our organizing committee.

Also please let us know if you can help with fundraising. We realize that in these times it is almost impossible to ask for money, but occasionally there is still room in budgets near the end of the year. So if you can fundraise for the general retreat fund, please let us know and do so!

Feel free to contact me with any questions.


Adrian on behalf of the organizing committee (Joe, Tim, Katie, Shaheen, Shawn, Adrian)  

Adrian Lip Shing Yen
STS Fellow
PhD Candidate
Department of Anthropology
University of California Davis
Davis, California 95616

This event organized by Science & Technology Studies (STS) at University of California, Davis

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