English 238 (F 2018) – Schedule

Schedule for English 238 (F 2018)

Class 1 (Sept. 27, 2018) — Introduction


Please read the following before the first class of the course:

Class 2 (Oct. 4, 2018) — Ethnographical Approaches

Class 3 (Oct. 11, 2018) — Science Technology Studies Approaches

Class 4 (Oct. 18, 2018) — Media Infrastructure Approaches

Class 5 (Oct. 25, 2018) — Feminist Approaches


Full video: 46 minutes 17 seconds:

  • Introduction (0:00 -)
  • “System” (1:43 -)
  • “Technology” (13:05 -)
  • “Performativity of Materiality” (16:20 -)
  • “Ethics of Participation” (Participatory Design) (17:55 -)
  • “Configuration (and Figuration) of Humans and Machines” (31:20 -)
  • “Take Back Capitalism” (“Who is the subject or collective that acts — humans, or the environment, non-humans, and the commons?) (38:53 -)
  • Close (45:20 -)

Class 6 (Nov. 1, 2018) — [Interim Reports on “Starter Kits” and Blog Post Assignments]

This class will be devoted to interim reports and discussion of the “Starter Kits for Infrastructure Studies” assignment (readings and exhibits assembled by students on infrastructure studies in relation to particular fields or topics). Students will also report on progress toward their research blog posts (or planning for the alternative essay assignment). These “interim reports” can be informal, but students  are welcome to prepare materials to show in advance (e.g., documents, online resources, slide shows). A convenient way for everyone to show things in class will be for students to bring their laptop and join a Zoom meeting the instructor will start. Students can then share their screens.


Class 7 (Nov. 8, 2018) — Digital Humanities Approaches


Class 8 (Nov. 15, 2018) — “Repair” and “Junkspace” Approaches


Class 9 (Nov. 29, 2018) — Fictioning, Poeming, & Painting Infrastructure


Class 10 (Dec. 6, 2018) — Starter Kits for Infrastructure Studies (Student Presentations)

Student Presentations of Their “Starter Kits”

In presenting their “starter kits,” students should give an overview but also zoom in on one or two highlights.


A Note About Reading Materials For This Course

There is one book to purchase for the course (available at UCEN Bookstore):

Other materials are online. Paywalled articles can be accessed over the UCSB network (or from off-campus by using the campus Pulse VPN service). You can also try to find open-access versions of paywalled materials using the Unpaywall extension for the Chrome or Firefox browsers.