What books do you recommend, Eleana?


Asked what books she'd recommend, Eleana Kim had this to say:

  • People haven’t read Keeping Slugwoman Alive: A Holistic Approach to American Indian Texts by Greg Saris enough. It could be read as part of the ontological turn.

  • Alien Ocean: Anthropological Voyages in Microbial Seas alongside Silicon Second Nature: Culturing Artificial Life in a Digital World is great way to see how STS has developed over time, thinking through potential scales, objects for anthropology.

  • Ecologies of Comparison: An Ethnography of Endangerment in Hong Kong by Tim Choy offers global environmental discourse v. local issues

  • Asia as Method: Toward Deimperialization by Kuan-Hsing Chen: Some of the scholars in EASTS are thinking seriously about what post-colonial STS can be. It raises the question of where region is in all of this ... the reason we can exceptionalize these countries is because they were invested in by the US militarily and economically and politically during the Cold War - and those post WWII investments built on Japanese empire and the trauma of Japanese colonialism.

Kim, Eleana. Interview by Maggie Woodruff. Personal interview. Irvine, CA, June 15, 2018.

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August 7, 2018 - 2:14pm

Critical Commentary

This artifact is part of a PECE essay on what books have inspired UCI Anthro Faculty throughout the years.

This PECE essay helps to answer the STS Across Borders analytic question: “What people, projects, and products exemplify how this STS formation has developed over time?”

This essay is part of a broader exhibit on UCI Anthro STS.



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Anonymous, "What books do you recommend, Eleana?", contributed by Maggie Woodruff, STS Infrastructures, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 8 August 2018, accessed 3 June 2023. http://www.stsinfrastructures.org/content/what-books-do-you-recommend-eleana