"Backstage Decisions Front-stage Experts" is a new blog series co-authored by Santiago Molina, ISSI Graduate Fellow and PhD Candidate in Sociology, that examines what informs the decisions made by scientists about new technologies. "This series offers a critique of the current ways in which scientists are given autonomy to make decisions that shape how these technologies will be used in the lab, how they’ll be regulated, and what effect they’ll have on communities of patients and consumers when taken up by industry."
Offered online this year, the workshop provides mentorship, hands-on research experience, and advanced training in designing and executing a project using qualitative methods for advanced undergraduates and beginning graduate students. Students will receive six weeks of intensive methodological training in the design and practice of qualitative research. The workshop is sponsored by ISSI's Center for Ethnographic Research. Scholarships are available for students studying Native American issues. Learn more and apply here.
ISSI condemns the recent and on-going violence against Asian Americans and grieves with the families of those lost to or injured by these hate crimes as well as all those who are suffering from racist violence and discrimination. We redouble our commitment to stand in solidarity with Asian American and Pacific Islander communities as we work collectively for a more just future. We support this statement from our friends and colleagues in the Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies program at UC Berkeley. For those who want to learn more about the historic roots as well as contemporary expressions of anti-Asian racism, we encourage you to read this Berkeley News article with our faculty affiliate Lok Siu, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies, who also emphasizes the often-overlooked interracial solidarity that we need to build upon now. To understand the gender dimensions of the murders in Georgia, we recommend this video of an event held by ISSI's Asian American Research Center featuring Laura Hyun Yi Kang in conversation with Kandice Chuh and Elain Kim on her recent book, Traffic in Asian Women.