Infrastructure

Infrastructure

Infrastructures create the grounds on which much of urban life operates.  They undergrid modern societies and cause alterations on such scales that infrastructures are no longer effects but a cause.  There is a diverse array of scholarship on infrastructure which focuses on built aspects of the landscape – roads, electricity networks, digital platforms to name but a few – and how they become techniques and apparatuses of liberal government.

But in what ways do infrastructures furnish conditions for urban life?  And how is nonhuman life itself being recast as infrastructure?  Our research attends to these questions in a number of ways, from the repurposing of infrastructure by nonhumans to the deployment of the latter to subtend economic activity.  We work towards a wider infrastructural ontology that generates new analytics and openings for understanding the politics and flourishing of human and nonhuman life.