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Guest Salon: Christopher M. Kelty

March 23 @ 12:00 - 13:00


On March 23rd, we will host Christopher M. Kelty in the TiP Salon.

Title:  The Maze of Nature in Los Angeles


Abstract: The Labyrinth Project is a collaborative inquiry into

nature in Los Angeles. Wetlands, lawns, rats, cats, coyotes,

mountain lions interact with human affect, state power, indigenous

politics, aesthetic pleasure, local governmental power and much

more. Also, Satan. Using a mix of participant-observation,

structured interviewing, collaborative urban anthropology,

historical and archival digging, ecological observation, and

analysis of social media content, we explore the diverse and

surprising ways in which Los Angeles is full of different natures—

a veritable trophic cascade of the absurd and surprising.



Christopher M. Kelty is professor at the University of

California, Los Angeles. He has appointments in the Institute for

Society and Genetics, the department of Information Studies and

the Department of Anthropology. Research interests center on

social theory and technology, the cultural significance of

information technology; the relationship of participation,

technology and the public sphere; and more recently, the role

that wild animals play in contemporary urban Los Angeles.  He is

the author of two books: The Participant: A Century of

Participation in Four Stories (Chicago, 2019); and Two Bits: The

Cultural Significance of Free Software (Duke University Press,



March 23
12:00 - 13:00


IT University of Copenhagen
Rued Langgaards Vej 7
Copenhagen, 2300 Denmark
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We have four regular events

  1. The TiP Salon runs weekly during the semester. We convene around constructive engagement with new publications, visitors to the group and work in progress. The meeting is open, and runs at 12:00-13:00 on Wednesdays. Please contact Lara Reime to sign up to the email list.
  2. Shut up and Write runs weekly during the semester. Based on the model promoted by Inger Mewburn, we commit to writing projects on the whiteboard and write in shorter sessions with breaks. For more, see here.
  3. The TiP Invited Speaker Series has been running since 2018, and each year 3-4 invited speakers present their work in a public forum. All welcome.
  4. The TiP Writing Workshop takes place twice a semester, where contributions from all members of TiP are welcome. The purpose of the workshop is to give and receive feedback on ‘in progress’ work. Practically the workshop entails reading all participants’ submission, being a ‘caring opponent’ on one particular text, and participating in constructive debate about the texts.

Sporadic events

When PhD students are at the right stage of their studies, they resurrect the longstanding institution of the STS Reading Group. Previous seasons of the Reading Group can be found here (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017).