Grant: supporting student projects

HATCH is happy to announce the recipients of our feminist “experiment” grants for graduate students. The projects below challenge traditional disciplinary methodologies, are interdisciplinary in nature, and further social justice goals through their knowledge-seeking practice.

 

Knights Landing Environmental Health Project

The Knights Landing Environmental Health Project was initiated in response to community concerns about cancer and possible environmental health risks in the small agricultural town of Knights Landing, CA. Our research team includes both UC Davis students and community health promoters (promotoras). Concerns about mental health and the rates of substance abuse (legal and illicit) frequently arose over our year of interactions with community members. The experiment we propose for this funding is a mental health assessment for Knights Landing residents to identify underlying differences between smoker and never smoker subpopulations.

Contact: Skye Kelty, PhD Candidate in Pharmacology and Toxicology, jkelty@ucdavis.edu, work address is Center for Health and the Environment

 

Towards Gender & Social Equity in the Design of Agricultural Technologies: Testing a Ugandan Student-Led Learning and Innovation Approach

This project develops an experimental student-led learning program in Uganda that practically addresses gender and social equity in agricultural technology design while training students to engage farmers in participatory processes of innovation. Working with faculty and students in Busitema University’s agricultural mechanization and irrigation engineering program, small-scale farmers, and local coordinators, our “experiment” includes workshops, field visits, and other collective design opportunities for both students and farmers.  We center social equity in the technical design processes, challenge traditional agricultural education spaces, and directly apply a collaborative, de-centralized knowledge-making practice through student facilitation.

 

Contact: Julia Jordan, Master’s student in International Agricultural Development, jdjordan@ucdavis.edu

 

Building Community Ferment

Building Community Ferment is an experiment in public engagement, interdisciplinary collaboration, and art/food-making practice. Stephanie Maroney (Cultural Studies, UC Davis) and visual artist S.E. Nash (Kansas City Art Institute) have worked together on several projects related to food, fermentation, feminism, and community-building. In this experiment, Maroney and Nash will facilitate two events in May 2018: a public fermentation project in the City of Davis and an artist’s talk at UC Davis. Both events develop a feminist politics of fermentation—instead of a politics of purity—to generate ways of being in the world that eschew boundary making, control, and individualist understandings of health.

 

Contact: Stephanie Maroney, PhD candidate in Cultural Studies, srmaroney@ucdavis.edu

 

Asking for a Pause: Slow Reading Audre Lorde’s Cancer Journals

The aim of our project is to slow read Audre Lorde’s The Cancer Journals through a practice centered on developing multiple embodied approaches to thinking with and accessing text. Slow reading asks us to pause with the page, to engage with the page both as object and idea, to remember ourselves as readers with bodies, and to feel what spaces in the text open up when we stay with it. We are part of an existing community of artist-scholar practitioners who will facilitate workshops in mediums from poetry to dance that show how slow reading The Cancer Journals might look, feel, and even taste.

Thursday February 22nd at 8:00pm in the Solano Park Community Center we will be slow cooking as we watch The Berlin Years and begin to discuss with participants the process and potential strategies of slow reading.

Thursday March 1st at 8:00pm in the Solano Park Community Center Jess will facilitate a workshop on cut-up poetry. We will slow down with Lorde, thinking around amputation and prosthesis while rethinking the jagged edges, possibilities, and limitations of cut-up poetry in conversation with the text.

Contact: Jessica Stokes, jsstokes@ucdavis.edu, and Arielle Estrada Sol, aestradasol@ucdavis.edu