Tag: The Nature of Infrastructure

Infrastructure – Peripheral Visions and Bodies that Matter: A Commentary

colinhoag , August 23rd, 2016

*A commentary on Part II of our Engagement thematic series, The Nature of Infrastructure. By Bettina Stoetzer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology § In the past few years, the…


Excavating the Chesapeake: Exploring the Intersecting Geological, Political, and Technical Layers that Constitute a Watershed

Chitra , June 13th, 2016

By Jeremy Trombley, University of Maryland, College Park § My research looks at the entities and interactions that constitute the Chesapeake Bay watershed – specifically the role that computational mo…


In the Sand: Water, Land, and Infrastructure in Informality

colinhoag , May 31st, 2016

Angela Storey, University of Arizona § Milk crates are a common sight when walking the narrow paths of informal settlements in Khayelitsha, a Cape Town suburb where more…


Choosing Paths, Not Roads

Chitra , May 24th, 2016

By Madhuri Karak, CUNY Graduate Center § Walking in Niyamgiri, in Odisha, India, never ceased to be a sensorial onslaught for me. There are no asphalt roads, only trails…


The Anthropology of the Built Environment: What Can Environmental Anthropology Learn from Infrastructure Studies (and Vice Versa)?

colinhoag , May 17th, 2016

*A commentary on Part I of our Engagement thematic series, The Nature of Infrastructure. By Ashley Carse, Vanderbilt University § I am honored to have an opportunity to…


An “Ecological Path” in Ecuador’s Yasuní National Park: On the Reflexivity of Oil Infrastructure

Chitra , April 20th, 2016

By Peter Taber, Arizona State University § Satellite imagery of a small section of the Block 31 road entering the Apaika platform area, taken in 2013. Imagery courtesy of…


Silo as System: Infrastructural Interventions into the Political Economy of Wheat

colinhoag , April 12th, 2016

Ateya Khorakiwala, Harvard University § This post underscores how the seemingly straightforward and yet iconic American silo evolved into a different kind of storage infrastructure when it encountered…


On Rust

therezamiller , April 6th, 2016

By Stephanie McCallum, University of California, Santa Cruz § Recent scholarship in anthropology has addressed infrastructure not in its fully functioning capabilities, but as it falls apart (e.g. Chu…


Tactics of Power and Empowerment in Knowledge-Making Infrastructures

Chitra , March 28th, 2016

By Kirk Jalbert, Manager of Community Based Research & Engagement, FracTracker Alliance and Visiting Research Professor, Center for Science, Technology and Society, Drexel University § Energy extr…


Natural Infrastructures: Sediment, Science, and the Future of Southeast Louisiana

colinhoag , March 22nd, 2016

By Monica Patrice Barra, The Graduate Center, City University of New York § Losing a football field an hour “Historical and projected coastal Louisiana land changes: 1978-2050” (www.lacoas…


Between Obsolescence and Necessity: The Abiding Nature of Dhalao Infrastructures in Urban India

therezamiller , March 17th, 2016

By Aman Luthra, Johns Hopkins University § If you happen to frequent the broad tree-lined avenues of Chanakyapuri—an upscale neighborhood in New Delhi, India dominated by diplomatic missions and…


Call for Posts: The Nature of Infrastructure

colinhoag , January 19th, 2016

The concept of infrastructure draws attention to as-yet-unseen synergies between technology, culture, and materiality. What does this concept have to offer environmental anthropology? While we can saf…