ANTH574 - LIVES OF INFRASTRUCTURE

Infrastructures are technopolitical systems that differentially move people, ideas and things. Their everyday management produces a range of social institutions and publics. In this class we explore how social actors trouble and constitute the workings of infrastructure in the uncertain environments of the Anthropocene. We will read recent work in Anthropology, STS and Environmental Studies to examine the unstable relations between the technologies of politics (maps, laws, and plans) and the politics of technology(energy, pipes, wires and engines). We ask: how do infrastructures produce differentiated political subjects? To what extent do their material forms participate in the making of publics? And how might we reimagine the futures ofinfrastructure in the unstable environments of the Anthropocene? As infrastructures constantly break down, the course concludes by exploring emergent technologies of maintenance and repair with which people reassemble their lives for the future.
Section 301 - SEM - THE LIVES OF INFRASTRUCTURE: POLITICS AND TECHNICS IN THE ANTHROPOCENE
F 1000AM-0100PM
ANAND, NIKHIL
FISHER-BENNETT HALL 24