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“The organic book emerges from early twentieth century anarchist traditions, but today it appears as an ‘old’ medium being made anew.”


DISSERTATION YEAR FELLOWS Funded by the UC Humanities Network, the institute’s Dissertation Year Fellowships allow advanced doctoral candidates the time and financial support to complete their dissertations. In addition to time and financial support, the fellows joined a UC-wide cohort of scholars, both students and faculty, as members of the UC Society of Fellows. In the spring, the fellows came together at UC Santa Barbara to present their research in a multimedia format that challenged them to distill their projects into five-minute video presentations. The format was new to these students who reported that the exercise was especially useful as they prepared to enter a competitive academic job market.


With supplemental support from the divisions of Social Sciences and Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies, the institute awarded two Dissertation Year Fellowships in 2013-2014. Magalí Rabasa, a doctoral candidate in cultural studies, is completing a history of the printed book and its production and circulation in current social movements in Latin America. Grounded in more than two years of participatory research with presses, writers, booksellers, and movements in the capital cities of Mexico, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina, Rabasa’s dissertation explores how the print book is made of—and is continually making—political, social and economic relations. She argues that a different print book is emerging, which she calls the “organic book” drawing on Gramsci’s notion of the “organic intellectual.” The organic book emerges from early twentieth century anarchist traditions, but today it appears as an “old” medium being made anew.


revolve around the … potential of stem cells as … promises.”


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A doctoral candidate in anthropology, Jieun Lee is writing an ethnography of the stem cell enterprise in South Korea, focusing on the proliferation of promises that center on the biological potential of stem cells. Conducting fieldwork in Korea, Lee has observed burgeoning markets for stem cell promises and their derivatives. From the novel business of stem cell banking, often fashioned as “bio-insurance,” to presumably more risky and expensive forms of illegitimate stem cell treatment, these markets revolve around the biological potential of stem cells as the basis of promises. Exploring various sites where stem cells are studied, discussed, and marketed from laboratories to consumer markets, she investigates the relations and practices that make stem cells into entities enfolding social-scientific-economic futures.


Magalí Rabasa (Cultural Studies) Project Title: The Book in Movement: Radical Politics & the Recrafting of Books in Latin America


Jieun Lee (Anthropology) Project Title: The Marketing of Stem Cells in South Korea


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