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Retreat 2010


Marin Headlands Institute


The 2010 "Innovations" STS Retreat will be held Wednesday June 16 - Friday June 18 at the Marin Headlands Institute.


During our first day of retreat each participant will have 3 MINUTES to introduce themselves, their current project, goals and challenges. Everyone can use UP TO 2 POWERPOINT SLIDES to illustrate points, or show some photographic material from your fieldwork. You can also consider preparing a text to read during the 3 minute presentation. During the previous retreats this method was very useful to know about each others’ work. Please send your slides to this email address ( by FRIDAY JUNE 11 at 5PM. We will put together one long slideshow to minimize PC/MAC computer switching problems.

Grad-Faculty Workshop:

The first evening (Wednesday) will be devoted to grad students getting feedback on their ongoing projects from faculty and other grads.  In order to facilitate this, we are adapting a format used quite successfully by the “association of political and legal anthropology”. In our version, we would like each graduate student to prepare one single-spaced page that summarizes their research project focusing on the challenges that doing this type of research poses for them. They can focus on theoretical or methodological issues they are facing. These summaries should be sent to this same address by Friday, June 11 at 5PM and will be made available to the other participants. We will do our best to divide grads and faculty into a small set of groups that maximizes the number of faculty unfamiliar with the grads they are commenting on. Then we will have small-group conversation and feedback for each of the students that will broaden both the networks of everyone and the STS perspectives brought to bear on future work. Once in the workshop, each student will have a couple of minutes to provide more background information, or provide other information that is not in the summary. After that, faculty participants will provide feedback to the student, and if there is enough time, the other students will also participate in the discussion.  At the end of each slot of 15-20 minutes, students will have had focused feedback from faculty members and fellow students which hopefully will provide ideas on how to manage the challenges they are facing in their project development.

Accommodations and dietary needs:

We want to remind you that this is dorm-style accommodations and so if you think you might want to stay off-site please let us know as soon as possible because it will affect our reservation. Check out the Headlands Site for more details

In the past the dorms have been fine (and almost entirely ours so more or less private). If you did not complete the survey AND have a dietary restriction  please let us know.

Packing recommendations:

(   )  Foot gear (sturdy, ankle supporting, preferably waterproof)
(   )  Rain gear
(   )  Hat, gloves or mittens
(   )  Jacket (A lightweight lined parka with a hood is a good choice)
(   )  Sweater (Wool is best)
(   )  Sunglasses
(   )  Small flashlight
(   )  Camera and film
(   )  Water bottle
(   ) Warm sleeping bag
(   ) Pillow
(   ) Pajamas
(   ) Bath Towel
(   ) Alarm clock
(   ) Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, washcloth etc.)
(   ) Quarters for washers and dryers, laundry soap


We will begin the retreat with lunch on Wednesday June 16 and will have events scheduled until lunch on Friday. If you think you will not be be there for one or both lunches (and did not complete the survey about this), please let us know. At the end of this email you will find information about the workshops (and the other homework!).


12:30-1:30 p.m.:           Lunch
2:00-5:00 p.m.:             Introductions: 3 minute project descriptions
5:00-6:00 p.m.:             Nature Walks! 
6:00-7:00 p.m.:             Dinner
8:00-9:30 p.m.:             Dissertation Workshops (Information to follow)

8:00-9:00 a.m.:             Breakfast!
10:00-12:00 a.m.:          Workshop:  (Information to follow)     
12:30-1:30 p.m.:           Lunch!
2:00 6:00 p.m.:             DIY Workshops and Walks
6:00-7:00 p.m.:             Dinner!
8:00- ...:                       Evening events up fro grabs!

8:00-9:00 a.m.:             Breakfast!
9:30-12:00 p.m.:           Workshop: Innovation [Studies] & STS
12:00-1:00 p.m.:           Lunch!


Workshop 1: Latour & Matters of Concern by Marianne de Laet Associate Professor of Anthropology and Science, Technology, and Society Director, Hixon Forum for Responsive Science and Engineering Harvey Mudd College

Homework: Read the following, and bring a poster/map/sheet of paper with a diagram of your matters of concern. This may be drawings, diagrams, or words and will be posted upon arrival.


de LAET, Marianne and Annemarie MOL (2000). "The Zimbabwe Bush Pump: Mechanics of a Fluid Technology". Social Studies of Science 30(2): 225-263.

LATOUR, Bruno (2008). What is the style of matters of concern? Amsterdam, University of Amsterdam. Available also at:

Workshop 2: Applied STS and Social Entrepreneurship by Susan Sim, Assistant Professor

Department of Informatics, Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, University of California, Irvine

Workshop 3: Innovation Studies & STS by Mario Biagioli. Professor Science & Technology Studies & School of Law
University of California, Davis


BIAGIOLI, Mario (Work in progress). "Innovation studies: networking the sciences, social sciences, humanities, law, and business".

MacKENZIE, Donald (2009). "The cultural arbitrage that drove the credit boom". Financial Times, Thursday, November 26.

MacKENZIE, Donald; Fabian MUNIESA and Lucia SIU (eds.) (2007). "Introduction". In: Do economists make markets?: on the performativity of economics. Princeton, Princeton University Press.


Please read Biagioli's Innovation Studies overview, and also the introduction to MacKenzie et al. (2007) Do Economists Make Markets?  Mario suggests that you also look at the one-page Financial Times article that MacKenzie wrote as an example of the types of audience one can reach beyond academia.

Do:Please bring a list of some of the books you might teach in your own version of an Innovation Studies course.

Costs: The cost is $100.00 per person (This include lodging and meals.)

Step 1: Please email us ( to include your name in the registration list. 
Step 2: Send in your registration payments by Wednesday April 28. Please make your checks payable to UC REGENTS and send them to:

STS c/o Philosophy Dept.
One Shields Ave.
Davis, CA 95616
Attn: Nicole Gasteiger

For more information please email us at: or directly to:

Joseph Dumit (
Michelle Stewart (

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