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SIOC 209 Subversive Science


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• 050924: Class today, Tuesday May 9, will be an online via a Jitsi link - please see the Links page and bt's e-mail. Office hours for today are cancelled. Please e-mail bt with your availability to connect online.
• 050724: Class today, Tuesday May 7, will be an online discussion via a Jitsi link - please see the Links page and bt's e-mail. Office hours for today are cancelled. Please e-mail bt with your availability to connect online.
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• 042224: Online office hours today are cancelled. Sorry about that! E-mail me with your availability to set up a meeting.

Western science originated and developed within societies characterized by concentrations of power and wealth, anti-Blackness and racism, cis-heteropatriarchy, exploitation of the more-than-human world and marginalized human populations, and associated injustices. SIOC 209 Subversive Science explores how justice might be foregrounded in the Earth and Oceanographic sciences using recent scholarship and experience with how to do so from a range of perspectives.

The course will consist of three main sections:
1) Summary of historical connections between science and systems of exploitation and extraction resulting in injustices, using reading selections and class discussions.
2) Detailed study of methods for foregrounding justice in scientific practice grounded in historical and recent experience (including Indigenous Environmental Science, Fugitive Science, Slow Science, Solidarity Science, Black Physics, Critical Environmental Justice, the CLEAR Lab, and Abolition Science) – small student groups will research and present on each method.
3) Exploration of the application of these methods to students’ ongoing or planned future research, culminating in final project presentations.

Why ‘Subversive Science’?
Subversion is the 'undermining of the power and authority of an established system or institution.' (dictionary.com) The inspiration for using subversive in the title of this course comes from Fugitive Science, where Black amateur scientists were working to undermine the power and authority of racial science in the scientific establishment of the day (pre-civil war US) by creating alternative ways of conducting science that foregrounded justice. This idea captures the goals of SIOC 209 Subversive Science, to help students to explore methods for undermining the power and authority of unjust practices in science by creating alternatives.

SIOC 209 Subversive Science Meets Spring Quarter Tuesday/Thursday 11AM-1220PM in Speiss Hall Room 303 on the SIO Campus

This course has not been taught previously. A draft syllabus for this course is available - click on Syllabus to the right. For detailed questions, please contact bt at bwerner AT ucsd DOT edu for more information

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