Civic Matter: Infrastructure as Politic [2013-2015]

From 2013 to 2015


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2014-15  Civic Matter: Infrastructure in Sense and Resonance

This Faculty Research Group builds on the existing Civic Matter programme on the social, ethical and political work of infrastructure. The programme to date has focused on infrastructural design, (re)construction and maintenance, and on 'matter' as locus of staggered, juxtaposed and disjointed temporalities of the civic. Moving out from considerations of civic matter in respect of its spatio-temporal extension, this series proposes to examine the 'matter' of civic life (built, landscaped, public, aesthetic) as sensory, embodied, and resonant, in terms of the articulation of materiality with civic affect and sociability. In this formulation, civic matter is alternately fugitive and invasive, elusive and intrusive, as much personal as mediated and social, constituted precisely of what eludes systematic social scientific research and of what emerges in the nexus of affect and performance.

As such, civic matter is attractive, amenable, subject to, and constitutive of a range of novel performance and research interventions and enterprises across the arts, humanities and social sciences. The proposed Faculty Research Group aims to articulate and consolidate converging methodological interests among organisers, speakers, and audiences at CRASSH in the materiality, context, violence, play and inequity emergent in the experiential dimensions of the civic and infrastructural, our subject matter in the 2013-14 series. This programme seeks to bring together thinkers from geography and urban planning, environmental history, art practice and performance, the anthropology of movement, and sonic arts and ethnomusicology to discern and interrogate the resonances and sensory life of civic matter, as it networks amid, constitutes and exceeds the infrastructural with which we have been hitherto concerned.

Conveners

Conveners

Professor P Wenzel Geissler  (Director of Research, Division of Social Anthropology, Cambridge and University of Oslo)
Dr John Manton (Research Associate, Division Social Anthropology)
Dr Remy Rouillard (Research Fellow , Scott Polar Research Institute)


Co-conveners (2013-15)

Dr Rohan Deb-Roy   (Faculty of History and Philosophy of Science)
Professor P Wenzel Geissler  (Director of Research, Division of Social Anthropology, Cambridge and University of Oslo)
Dr Christos Lynteris   (Research Fellow, CRASSH)
Professor Henrietta Moore  (William Wyse Professor of Anthropology, Division of Social Anthropology)
Dr Branwyn Poleykett   ( Research Fellow, Division of Social Anthropology)
Ruth Prince   (Senior Research Fellow, Division of Social Anthropology)
Dr Noemi Tousignant  (Division of Social Anthropology)



Faculty Advisors (2014-15)

Professor Ian Cross (Professor of Music and Science, Faculty of Music)
Professor Ash Amin  (Department of Geography)
 

Faculty Advisor (2013-14)
Dr Marie-Louise Sorensen  (Department of Archeology and Anthropology)

 

Past events

 

Civic Matter
Luxury Infrastructure and Socialism
09 October 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG2, Ground floor

Owen Hatherley (Writer and Journalist) at Civic Matter

The Gift, Art’s Infrastructure
23 October 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG2, Ground floor

Nikolai Ssorin-Chaikov (Cambridge) at Civic Matter

Camps as Infrastructure: Perspectives
06 November 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG2, Ground floor

Irit Katz Feigis (Cambridge), Silvia Pasquetti (Cambridge) at Civic Matter

Roundtable on Scientific Infrastructure in Africa
20 November 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG2, Ground floor

Roundtable

Animated Space
04 December 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG2, Ground floor

Ash Amin & Filip de Boeck in Conversation, at Civic Matter

Infrastructural Visibility: The Political Performance of Transport in Contemporary Mumbai
15 January 2014, CRASSH Seminar room SG2, Ground floor

Andrew Harris (UCL) at Civic Matter

Infrastructures of Resource Economy in (sub-)Arctic Russia
29 January 2014, CRASSH Seminar room SG2, Ground floor

Tatiana Safonova & Istvan Santha (Cambridge), Rémy Rouillard (Cambridge) at Civic Matter

The Makeshift City: Radical Infrastructure and the Politics of Squatting in Berlin
12 February 2014, CRASSH, Seminar room S1, First floor*

Alex Vasudevan (Nottingham) at Civic Matter

Planned Violence: Performing and Resisting Urban Infrastructures in London and Johannesburg
26 February 2014, CRASSH, Seminar room S1, First floor* (NB change room)

Prof Elleke Boehmer and Dominic Davies (Oxford University) at Civic Matter

Looping Time and Thick Data in a Cholera Research Field Site in Bangladesh
12 March 2014, CRASSH Seminar room SG2, Ground floor

Michelle Murphy (Toronto) at Civic Matter

Infrastructures of Exposure: Toxicity, Temporality and Political Economies in Africa
13 March 2014, Darwin College and CRASSH

Workshop at Civic Matter. Limited places

Mostra d'Oltramare: Recuperating Mussolini's Show Case
23 April 2014, CRASSH Seminar room SG2

Marcial Echenique (Cambridge) at Civic Matter

Taking Infrastructure to its Geographical Extreme
07 May 2014, CRASSH Seminar room SG2

Michael Bravo (Cambridge) at Civic Matter

Mobilizing Development Narrative in South Korea, 1956-1973
21 May 2014, CRASSH Seminar room SG2

John DiMoia (Singapore) at Civic Matter

Ruins of Utopia: Ponty to the University of the African Future”
04 June 2014, CRASSH Seminar room SG2

Ferdinand De Jong (East Anglia), Brian Quinn (UCLA) at Civic Matter

Re-Imagining the Sound of a Mining Landscape
13 October 2014, Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Sarah Buckler (Robert Gordon University), Noémi Tousignant ( Cambridge) at Civic Matter

Exposure, Ethics and Art-Anthropology in Post-Disaster Japan
10 November 2014, Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Jennifer Clarke (Aberdeen) at Civic Matter

Participatory Sonic Arts in Rio and Belfast
24 November 2014, Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Pedro Rebelo ( Belfast)  Joint event with City Seminar -Civic Matter

Performing Laboratories Workshop (Joint event)
19 January 2015, Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Joint event with Performance Network- Civic Matter

British Rivers: Flow, Ownership, and 'Modern' Water
02 February 2015, Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Marianna Dudley (Bristol) -Civic Matter

Skateboarding and the City
09 February 2015, Room SG1, Alison Richard Building (NB different day and time)

Iain Borden (UCL)
Joint event with City Seminar -Civic Matter

KNITSONIK: Wool, Sound, and a Sense of Place
16 February 2015, Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Dr Felicity Ford (Artist, Oxford B) -Civic Matter

Militant Masks: Youth and Insecurity in the Niger Delta
09 March 2015, Room SG1, Alison Richard Building. (NB Different day and time*)

David Pratten (Oxford)
Joint event with City Seminar -Civic Matter

Noise Pollution
11 May 2015, Room SG1, Alison Richard Building.

Aga Tamiola (Artist - Berlin) ~ Civic Matter
 

CANCELLED-Youth and Modes of Operating in Abidjan.
01 June 2015, Room SG1, Alison Richard Building.

AbdouMaliq Simone (Goldsmiths) ~ Joint event Civic Matter and City Seminar