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We are an interdisciplinary and cross-divisional group of faculty and graduate students working across the Humanities and Social Sciences at UC San Diego and interested in questions of space and politics. We are funded by the International Institute and meet three times per quarter to share research in progress, co-organize events, read together and bring guest speakers to campus. Read more about us. 

This year

During 2022-23, we continue our thinking on the forging of alternative futures by focusing on how specific atmospheric elements (water, air, earth, fire) are becoming sites of political contestation in place making practices in contexts of ecological crisis and environmental slow violence. We explore these intersections in three thematic clusters: Elemental Theorizations, Elemental Border(ings)/ Elemental Cooptations, and Elemental Politics.

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Next event

Please joins for our Speakers Dialogue Series with Prof.s Eleana Kim (UCI, Anthropology) and Nicholas Shapiro (UCLA, Society and Genetics) in a conversation about Atmospheric (de)Militarizations. This event is on Thursday, April 13 from 2-4 pm in PEB 721.

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