Infrastructure Matters: Power, Protest, and the Grid|
Spring 2019 not offered
|Course Cluster: Sustainability and Environmental Justice|
This course is an anthropological exploration of infrastructure: the material grids that exist beneath society, economy, and culture. Infrastructures are the foundation upon which everyday life rests and depends; they also materialize foundational political ideals like freedom, progress, equality, and nature. Infrastructures such ports, rails, and roads embody the connections and disconnections of the globalized world. While meant to remain invisible, out of sight and out of mind, diverse infrastructures--from Michigan's corroded pipes to mega-dams on the River Nile--have become lightning rods for political protest and demands for justice, rights, and a good life. Taking an anthropological perspective, this course asks: why has infrastructure taken on vital importance to the modern nation-state? How is infrastructure implicated in the reproduction of racial, gendered, and classed identities and inequalities? What happens when infrastructures fail? Through multi-disciplinary readings and a course-long visual research project, this course challenges students to see the world beneath their feet in new ways and to trace the material connections that define and sustain modern life itself.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ANTH)
Deborah Cowen -- THE DEADLY LIFE OF LOGISTICS; Teresa Caldeira --CITY OF WALLS; Gyan Prakash - ANOTHER REASON; David Nye - AMERICAN TECHNOLOGICAL SUBLIME; Michel Foucault - DISCIPLINE AND PUNISH; Course-Pack with other articles/chapters.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Semester long visual research project (including in class workshops and presentation)