Welcome to the LCHC Wiki
This “wikinarrative” website is an effort to tell the long story of a research organization, LCHC, through a diversity of voices. These voices belong to the scholars, students, and researchers who helped to establish the lab in the early 1970’s as well as those who contributed to it at various points during the last half century. We emphasize that this project is still in progress. Our autobiographical account brings us only up to the mid 1990's. From time to time as life allows, we will continue our re-collection of the past even as we create a future.




The history of LCHC cannot properly be told in a linear way. Although the events that shaped the direction of the lab could be placed in a chain, the people and social circumstances that shaped its development have intertwined in complicated, non-linear, sometimes ironic, and in any case diverse, ways. The story of LCHC’s research is a complex amalgam of its distinct fibers and threads: the voices of those who shaped LCHC and were shaped by it. It’s a history full of convergences and divergences that crosscut each other and unfold at diverse time-scales.

Rockefeller University
Rockefeller University

This hybrid "wikinarrative" form is, we feel, important to writing the story of LCHC because it encourages a branching of historical lines, and, at the same time, a plurality of voices to co-exist in relation to the same organization. The narrative begins in cross-cultural research of the 1960’s before LCHC came into existence as a formal research unit ––first at Rockefeller University in New York City
then at the University of California, San Diego.
University of California, San Diego
University of California, San Diego


It traces different lines of research that were focal to the group effort and the gradual evolution of the lab into what is now referred to as a “collaboratory” that serves multiple functions for members currently or once co-located as well as those who have collaborated with us at a distance.

LCHC members’ interests and pursuits comprise diverse trajectories and career paths. Hence, the chapters are best treated as a starting point for exploration. Each section is designed to link participants to a wide range of intellectual resources about LCHC (its people, projects, concepts, various media, other contributing authors, etc.) and the key social, cultural, economic, political and policy dialogues its work engaged. Within sections, we have divided the text into chapters that highlight one or another of the major project clusters that preoccupied us at the time. We have included links to the pages of individual participants, to long lasting projects, and to topics of continuing concern. We have adopted this format as a means of coming as close as possible to being a “polyphonic autobiography” of an ever changing research collaborative.


How to use this Wiki

Our wikinarrative is designed to serve as a starting point that preserves a more-or-less chronological account of research and project activities of those who spent a significant amount of time either at the locations where LCHC was administratively housed, or as part of a network of collaborating scholars.

For this reason, there are multiple ways to interact with the material presented here. The most straightforward and traditional route is to use the left hand column to navigate through each section and follow the story chronologically, beginning with Section 1: Encountering Cultural Context. However, at any time, you can skip to a later section or you can follow one of the many sub threads that are marked within the body of the text as hyperlinks.

We have divided major segments of the core narrative into “sections” and “chapters.” The sections are a rough guide to identifiable time periods of relatively stable institutional organization and the issues that preoccupied lab members at the time. The chapters focus on different lines of theory and research that were the focus of the Lab as a whole during the given time period.

The core wikinarrative consists of text written collectively by people who participated at the laboratory during the period being described. This part of the text is not modifiable. However, we have sought to provide unlimited possibilities for creating new links and commentaries that may contest or elaborate upon the core narratives. Our hope is that in this way the text can serve as a useful meeting ground for ongoing inquiry.

One of the limitations we face is balancing the ideal of inclusivity and decentralization with the need to prevent damage to content by limiting access and editing privileges. If you are or were affiliated with LCHC and you would like to contribute to the wiki (about the work you did at LCHC, what you learned, or what you went on to do) please contact lchcwiki@gmail.com with suggestions, edits or instructions on how to create and edit your own entry or to contribute additional links. Anyone visiting this wiki is welcome to participate in the Wiki Discussion that is associated with each chapter.

For anyone interested in contributing to the wiki content visit the following detailed Getting Started page. This page is an introduction to working with wikis, including how to create text and add images.

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