o GEICT/DPCT convida a todos para a palestra ” Infrastructures of anticipation: meaning and matter in the making of social worlds” da Profa. Sophie Haines (Institute for Science, Innovation and Society, Universidade de Oxford – Reino Unido). A Palestra ocorre no dia 20/06, 14hs, na sala 215 do IG.
Recent anthropological interest in infrastructure raises questions about the extent to which infrastructures can be viewed not only as material objects of study, or simple metaphors, but as the basis for a relational analytic that aids understanding of human society and of more-than-human worlds. More-or-less tangible infrastructures – roads, bridges, databases, computer models, standards, tacit knowledge – forge connections between past, present and future. They reflect historical conditions and shape possible futures, both responding to and stimulating imagination: hope, desire, doubt, fear, promise, anxiety. In this talk, I use the lens of anticipation to explore how imagination and infrastructure come together to produce material and social effects, even (especially?) when physical objects and/or knowledge of possible futures are absent or incomplete. I draw on two ethnographic examples from Belize – imagining a proposed international highway and modelling future water resources under climate change – to explore the political lives of anticipation in development planning, data practices, and the unfolding of socio-ecological worlds.