infra-demos' PI, Prof. Dimitris Dalakoglou will present findings of the project and will participate in the Common(ing) Struggles workshop at St Gallen University between 2nd and 4th of May.
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infra-demos' PI Dimitris Dalakoglou and its doctoral researcher Christos Giovanopoulos co-organise with Dr Roger Sansi of Barcelona University department of Anthropology the panel Infrastructuring Solidarity and the Commons: Prefigurative socio-technical articulations of a post-capitalist world Infrastructuring Solidarity and the Commons: Prefigurative socio-technical articulations of a post-capitalist world at EASA 2022 Conference in Belfast.
The abstract fo the panel is the following:
In the light of the 4th industrial revolution the ‘infrastructural turn’ in anthropology has effectively un-black-boxed the uneven relations of power embedded in the techno-material domains of infrastructure. At the same time, in the context of crisis and the retreat of the welfare state, examples of grassroots solidarity, mutual-aid and the commons proliferated in diverse political contexts, socio-technical settings –analogue, digital and phygital- and geographies – local, global and cosmolocal, urban or not- capturing the attention of social scientists. In this course the notion of infrastructure has been established as an analytical category to understand enabling or hindering habitats of sociality and belonging, while solidarity and the commons have been examined as prefigurative examples of hope and/in post-capital modes of social organization. In addition, inroads have been made in the ways techno-material arrangements condition human and social agency, in synch with the permeation of ubiquitous technologies and know-how in everyday life and environs.
Yet, the interaction between infrastructure, solidarity and the commons has remained mostly in the margins of those debates. While the qualities of social movements of solidarity and the commons as infrastructure that induces social change have been examined, the ways in which the qualities of solidarity and the commons effect or are wired into the techno-material domain of infrastructure has escaped attention. Alike, while the synergetic and cross-scale potential embedded in digital technologies has been approached (e.g. digital commons, platform cooperativism), the ways in which emerging, or existing, infrastructure facilitates, or hinders, solidarity and commoning remains under-studied.
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A new article 'Public Spaces as infrastructure of care' by infra-demos postdoc researcher Yannis Kallianos and our colleague and friend Pafsanias Karathanasis, was just published.
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Infrastructural Contestation, Harm and Infrastructuring:
An infra-demos workshop,
June 11, 15:00-17:00 (GMT+2)
A Zoom presentation and discussion with infra-demos team
In the context of the events organized by the VU Department of Anthropology for its MOBB (Mobility, Beliefs, Belonging) week. The NWO-Vidi project infra-demos.net which is based at the VU department of social and cultural anthropology will present in a workshop some of its findings and research.
The principal investigator of infra-demos, Prof. Dimitris Dalakoglou and the research fellows Yannis Kallianos and Christos Giovanopoulos, will discuss several aspects of the project. The mini-documentary 'Wasting the West' will be screened and the anthropologist and film-maker of the project Spyros Gerousis will also be present.
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Yannis Kallianos the postdoc researcher of infra-demos.net just published an article in the recent issue of Antipode journal titled: The Everyday and the Evental Public Space: Rethinking the Spatiotemporal Modalities of Radical Political Events (co-authored with Dr Mattia Fumanti of St Andrews University.
' Recent mass mobilizations and civil unrest events around the globe have brought to the fore the complex relationship between political practices and public space. These indicate a critique of representative democracy, authoritarian governance, and precarious living conditions, as well as entailing new ways of doing and conceptualising politics.'
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On Thursday, 6th of February the PI of infra-demos presented on the behalf of the team the paper 'Defining and Classifying Infrastructural Contestation: Towards a Synergy Between Anthropology and Data Science' in Wageningen University Data Sciences Week.
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The infra-demos team just published the first article on the concept of infrastructural contestation, including both first datasets and their visualisation along a brief introduction to our conceptual-theoretical scheme, a longer contribution on that matter is forthcoming.
From the abstract: The last decade infrastructure systems have been under strain around the globe. The 2008financial crisis, the so-called fourth industrial revolution,ongoing urbanisation and climate change have contributed to the emergence of an infrastructural crisis that has been labelled as infrastructural gap. During this period, infrastructure systems have increasingly become sites of public contestation with significant effects on their operation and governance. At stake has been the issues of access to infrastructure, their social and environmental con-sequences and the ‘modern ideal’ embodied in the design of those socio-technical systems. With this paper we apply a cross-disciplinary methodology in order to document and define the practices of this new wave of infrastructural contestation, taking Greece in the 2008–2017 period as the case study. The synthesis of quantitative and qualitative datasets with ethnographic knowledge help us, furthermore, to record tendencies and patterns in the ongoing phenomenon of infrastructural contestation.
Full reference: Giovanopoulos, C., Kallianos, Y., Athanasiadis, I., & Dalakoglou, D. (2020). Defining and classifying infrastructural contestation: Towards a synergy between anthropology and data science. IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, 554.
Click here for full article available at VU's research portal as part of the open access policy of the institute.