13 Mar 20149:00am - 5:30pmDarwin College and CRASSH

Description

The registration for the Mornings session has been closed.
We still have few places for the Afternoon session, which will be closed on Monday 10 March.

Free workshop, open to all but Registration is required.
To reserve a place  for the AFTERNNOON Session, please email to gradfac@crassh.cam.ac.uk
 

Darwin College (morning session 9.00 am – 12.00)
CRASSH, seminar room SG1 (afternoon session 13.30 – 17.00)

Conveners

Dr Noémi Tousignant  (Anthropologies of Africa Biosciences, University of Cambridge)
Dr Branwyn Poleykett (Research Fellow, Division of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge)

Summary

Toxic exposure, whether acute or chronic, challenges the temporalities of public health monitoring and response. Dissonance between the effects of poisons, whether sudden or cumulative, and the rhythms of toxicological knowledge-making can be accentuated by situations of social inequality. Emerging problems of toxic exposure in Africa highlight relations between socioeconomic vulnerability, representations of marginality and obstacles to durable medical, scientific and regulatory capacity. This workshop brings together scholars who use the concept of ‘infrastructure’ for analyzing inequalities in embodied and techno-scientific perceptions of toxic exposure, with innovative thinkers on the relations between infrastructure, temporality and political economy. By examining what happens to scientific, industrial and transport infrastructures over time, workshop participants reflect on how configurations of political economy generate specific relations between anticipation and memory (including that of bodies and environments), between accumulation and dispossession, between exposure and knowledge, and between continuity and fragmentation.

Part of the Civic Matter: Infrastructure as Politic (main page)

Programme

9.00-9.30

MORNING SESSION  9.00am -12.00pm
at Darwin College, Old Library

Welcome and presentation of wokshop theme
Noémi Tousignant (University of Cambridge)

9.30-10.30

Cumulative and Cutting-Edge Chemicals on the Margins of infrastructure

  • Michelle Murphy (University of  Toronto)
    Chemical Infrastructures and Alter Life on the St. Clair River
  • Anne Pollock (Georgia Tech)
    Flow Chemistry and the Temporalities of South African Pharmaceutical Production

Chair: Matei Candea (University of Cambridge)

10.30-11.00

Coffee/Tea Break

11.00-12.00

Roundtable: Exposure Times in African Infrastructures

  • John Manton (University of Cambridge)
  • Ruth Prince (Univerity of Oslo/University of Cambridge)
  • Tatiana Thieme (University of Cambridge)

Chair: Henrietta Moore (University of Cambridge)

12.00-13.30

Lunch at Darwin College

13.30-15.00

AFTERNOON SESSION  (13.30 – 17.30)
at CRASSH, Seminar room SG1

Keynote

  • Penny Harvey (University of Manchester)
    Infrastructures, Social Change and the Emergent Shape of the Political

Chair: Henrietta Moore (University of Cambridge)

Discussant: Wenzel Geissler (University of Oslo/University of Cambridge)

15.00-15.30

Coffee/Tea Break

15.30-17.00

Toxic Spaces: Precarious Knowledge and the Distribution of Exposure

  • Nick Shapiro (Goldsmiths)
    When Shelter Becomes Exposure: Domestic Formaldehyde, Distributed Infrastructure, and Precarity in the United States
  • Anna Lora-Wainwright (University of Oxford)
    China's Cancer Villages: Contested Evidence and the Politics of Pollution
  • Noémi Tousignant (University of Cambridge)
    A Lingering Smell: Interrupted Infrastructures of Pesticide Science in Senegal

Chair: Christos Lynteris (University of Cambridge)

17.00-17.30

Closing Comments

  • Michelle Murphy (University of Toronto)

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