Xan Chacko

xan chacko

Position Title
CST PhD Candidate


Bio

Dissertation: Moving, Making, Saving: The Science of Seed Banking

Research Interests: History and philosophy of natural history, production and stabilization of biological knowledge, scientific visualization, epistemic and ontological pluralism.

Fellowships, Grants, and Awards:

  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Research Grant (2016-2017)
  • Association of American University Women (AAUW) International Fellowship (2016-2017)
  • Kathryn Conway Preyer Fellowship, Wellesley College Extramural Graduate Fellowsips (2016-2017)
  • Bancroft Library Grant, University of California, Berkeley (2016)
  • AUFF Visiting Grant, Aarhus University Faculty of Arts (2016)
  • Collaboratory for Ethnographic Design (CoLED) Summer Grant (2015)
  • History of Science Society Best Poster Prize 2015 for “Protective Pictures: The Role of the Image in Plant Patents”
  • Cultural Studies Research Quarter Fellowship, Fall 2015
  • HArCS Dean’s Summer Fellowship (2013, 2015)
  • Mellon Digital Humanities Summer Fellowship (2014)
  • HArCS Dean’s Summer Fellowship (2013)
  • Mellon Research Initiative in Environments & Societies Summer Fellowship (2012)
  • UC Davis Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies Dean's Recruitment Fellowship (2011)

Education:

B.A., Women's Studies and Physics, Wellesley College, 2005
M.Sc., History, Philosophy and Sociology of Science, Technology, and Medicine, Imperial College and University College, London, 2008

Academia.edu Profile

 

Presentations:

"From Illustraion to Observation: Gendered Change in Botanical Painting (1910-1915), Gender and History Graduate Conference Series," University of Cambridge, February 4, 2016

"Patenting Protection, Openness and Intellectual Property," ISHTIP Annual Workshop 2015, University of Pennsylvania, July 22-24, 2015

Banking Plants for Gaming the Future, Biobanks and the Communication of Risk Knowledge Workshop, Brocher Foundation, Switzerland, November 23-25, 2015.

"Archives of Risk, Art of the Archive Workshop, Innovating Communication in Scholarship," University of California, Davis, May 21, 2015

"Protective Pictures: The Role of the Image in Plant Patents, Cultivating Innovation," John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK, April 13, 2015

"Garden of Defeating: Race and Plant Video Games," American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Washington DC, December 3-9, 2014

"The Esopus and the Anthracanose, Interruptions: Sciences, Feminisms, Knowledges," Center for Science, Technology, Medicine & Society, University of California, Berkeley, April 18, 2014

Forboding Fruit: Pomological Illustration as an Agent of Continuity, History of Science Society Annual Meeting, Boston, November 21-24, 2013.

Engendering Biomedical Science: Interdisciplinary Conflict and Collaboration, Society for the Social Studies of Science Annual Meeting, San Diego, October 9-12, 2013.

Tracing the Lemon: Material Publications in Botanical Gardens, Cultural Studies Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, May 23-26, 2013.

Material Publishing, Multiple Economies, Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting 2013, Los Angeles, April 9, 2013.

When life gives you lemons: Frank Meyer’s agro-utilitarian vision of the Far East (1908-1918), History of Science Society 2012 Annual Meeting, San Diego, November 15, 2012.