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Crochet Jam with Feminist Arts & Science

HATCH: Feminist Arts and Science Shop, a new Mellon Research Initiative in the Humanities at UC Davis, started off October 30 with a collaborative textiles workshop led by Ramekon O’Arwisters, a social-practice artist known for creating collaborative, community-based projects infused with folk-art traditions that foster a culture of community building.

O’Arwisters spent the afternoon guiding anyone who was interested in experimentations with crochet, encouraging participants to pay attention to the emergent forms of their materials, and to allow themselves to be guided by the textiles themselves. Students across the disciplines gathered on the lawn in front of Hart Hall to enjoy this supportive, collaborative atmosphere.

The jam was followed by a talk by O’Arwisters in which he discussed his own artistic practice that encourages the public to think differently about the role of art within community and the power of art within society.

The crochet jam is just the first of many innovative events to be mounted by HATCH, which draws on the European model of science shops that provide space for communities to participate in the creation of scientific and technical research agendas and builds on this work by including the arts and orienting their research agenda towards social justice. The UCD Feminist Arts & Science Shop will encourage the development of new science-making and artistic and humanistic modes of inquiry by providing a designated platform to co-create new ways of thinking about democracy and knowledge making in a community-engaged way.

This inaugural year is organized around the theme of “Decolonizing Science Literacy.” To that end, regular meetings are being held for graduate students and faculty to discuss their teaching and research around the theme of feminist pedagogy. Learn more here if you are interested in participating.

Make sure to also catch Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens when they visit February 1st for a screening of their film Water Makes us Wet, and Kyla Schuller who will be visiting March 1 to give a presentation of her work on gyno-neurology and the racial origins of sexual difference.


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