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AAG2022 New York | CfP | Infrastructural Life and the More-Than-Human

Organisers: Andrew Dwyer, Durham University & Nat O’Grady, University of Manchester

Conceptual developments loosely found under more-than-humanism have proven pivotal in cultivating critically informed understandings of the various forms of infrastructure whose existence supports and sustains life. The sites where these concerns with infrastructure have featured alongside more-than-human approaches are various, ranging from internet provision (McCormack, 2017  Starolieski, 2015) and advances in medical technologies (Amoore, 2020) to energy pipelines (Barry, 2013, Forman, 2018) and border security (Gloftious, 2021). Whilst such approaches have extended our understanding of the complexity that underpins infrastructural processes and their ramifications for broader socio-political conditions, other work has inverted its gaze. Here theories of the more-than-human have advanced inquiry into spaces and forms of life that might be considered ‘infrastructural’ whether or not they are couched in such terms (Tsing, 2015, Haraway, 2016). Along both trajectories, thinking with infrastructure and more-than-humanism has impacted a broad set of debates; including the emergence of new geo-political landscapes, moments of breakdown and failure, how phenomena and processes are framed as vital to life (or not), the array of knowledges enwrapped in (or missing from) governmental practices and ontological questions around the forms of sense-making invoked within an inter-connected world. In this panel, we seek papers that set out new pathways in bringing more-than-human approaches together with infrastructural issues to fathom their importance to broader debates that animate contemporary geography. Topics might include, but are certainly not limited to: 

  • Energy 
  • Animal geographies 
  • Cyber securities 
  • Algorithmic modalities (including big data) 
  • ‘Critical’ national infrastructures 
  • Embodied and affective approaches 
  • Organic and inorganic materialities 
  • Infrastructures in crises and disaster

If you’re interested please send over abstracts of around 150-200 words to Andrew (andrew.dwyer@durham.ac.uk) and/or Nat (nathaniel.ogrady@manchester.ac.uk) by the 15th October. Whilst as convenors of the panel we’re hoping to attend in person we’re also happy to accept presentations delivered via zoom and make the session hybrid (or indeed completely online if required). Feel free to get in touch with any questions you might have!

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