The Mellon Research Initiative in Feminist Arts & Sciences

HATCH, the Mellon-funded Feminist Arts & Science Shop at UC Davis, provides space for communities to participate in the creation of scientific and technological research and knowledge-making. This year’s theme, Live Through This, brings together speakers and makers to foreground how race, gender, sexuality, ability, capital, and geopolitical location shape the value investments of science and technology, its promises and its crises. In doing so, HATCH explores robust genealogies and practices of feminist science studies and fosters research that emerges from a variety of social justice struggles and institutional and disciplinary sites.

HATCH, the name we’ve adopted for the shop, is a generative, open one (think: hatch an egg or a plan or slip down an escape hatch).  For last year’s theme, Critical Science Literacy, we convened UCD faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students as well as scholars and makers from around the world to develop robust models of feminist pedagogy and new and ongoing research and teaching projects on and off campus. These efforts encouraged new pathways between academic and non-academic community members through continuing collaborative research projects and partnerships with California Latinas for Reproductive Justice and The People’s Community Medics (Oakland), among others.  Live Through This furthers these commitments and experiments in scientific and social reproduction.  It extends them to consider how and where our best efforts live and labor within the disciplinary confines and rationales of the university itself.  Please join us in this thinking and doing and hatching.