The Cloud and the Crowd Multicampus Research Group in the Humanities

Cloud-Crowd From the ubiquity of cloud computing to the crowds that have redefined contemporary mass politics, innovations in media platforms, data collection, and digital labor are redefining the ways that collectives are imagined and produced. This MRG examines these shared trajectories of technology and sociality, approaching the cloud and crowd through the visual arts, performance studies, art history, ethnography, and literature. We are interested in the historical and aesthetic entailments of the 21st Century cloud and its reformatted utopian crowds; the implications for artistic creativity and labor implied in these transformations; and the political atmospheres emerging both around and through clouds and crowds.


Cloud and Crowd MRG Participants

Geoffrey Bowker – Professor, Department of Informatics; Director, Values in Design Laboratory, UC Irvine
Julia Bryan-Wilson – Associate Professor, History of Art Department, UC Berkeley
Jenna Burrell – Assistant Professor, School of Information, UC Berkeley
Mel Chen – Associate Professor, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, UC Berkeley
Timothy K. Choy – Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology and Science & Technology Studies, UC Davis
Lawrence Cohen – Professor, Anthropology and South & Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley
Nicholas D’Avella – Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Science, Technology, Medicine and Society, UC Berkeley
Joseph Dumit – Professor, Department of Anthropology; Director, Science and Technology Studies, UC Davis
Cori Hayden – Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology; Director, Center for Science, Technology, Medicine, and Society, UC Berkeley
Lilly IraniAssistant Professor, Department of Communication, Department of Informatics, UC Irvine
Caren Kaplan – Professor, American Studies, UC Davis
Christopher Kelty – Associate Professor, Department of Information Studies, Department of Anthropology, and Center for Society and Genetics, UC Los Angeles
Jake Kosek – Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, UC Berkeley
Kavita Philip – Associate Professor, Department of History, UC Irvine
Kriss Ravetto-Biagioli – Associate Professor of Technocultural Studies, UC Davis
Jennifer Terry – Associate Professor, Department of Women’s Studies, UC Irvine
Charis Thompson – Professor, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, UC Berkeley
Anne Walsh – Associate Professor, Department of Art Practice, UC Berkeley


Funded by the University of California Humanities Network
UC Humanities Research Network