Our three-year Mellon Research Initiative will begin the process of creating a Feminist Arts & Science Shop at UCD. Our initiative draws on the European model of science shops that provide space for communities to participate in the creation of scientific and technological research agendas. We build upon this work by including the arts and specifically orienting our research agendas towards social justice ends. 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. 


“HATCH: Feminist Arts and Science Shop” –HATCH, for short– is the name we’ve adopted for the shop and project. “Hatch” is a word with many associations; it marks generativity and an opening. It also reverse-acronymizes nicely as the Hands-on Arts and Technoscience Community Hub.

In our inaugural year we will organize around the theme of “Decolonizing Science Literacy.” As part of this year, we will organize regular meetings of faculty and graduate students to discuss their teaching and research around the theme of Feminist Pedagogy. You will see various events that are part of a curated exhibition called Curriculum. In addition, we will work to develop new pathways between academic and non-academic community members through collaborative research projects. Feminist hactivists will come to campus for external residencies, while local community members will be supported in their ongoing experiments.


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