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In 2022, permacrisis - a word describing the feeling of living through a period of war, inflation, and political instability - was chosen as Collins Dictionary's word of the year. Although the accuracy and performative power of the term are questionable, a situation of ‘permacrisis’ is recognizable when we analyze the introduction and development of infrastructures in the military, energy, climate, and migration domains. In the name of crisis, infrastructures become sites of massive expansion, adaptation, and political struggles, and many of them turn into permanent ones, or become entangled with each other.
Event details of Permacrises Infrastructures
Start date
9 October 2023
End date
10 October 2023
Sweelinck Room

With the notion of permacrisis infrastructures, we seek to explore the struggles, power plays, and politics of defining, recognizing, and speaking in the name of crisis, and their impact on action in terms of infrastructure and the additional challenges they pose.

For this workshop, we invite contributions from the fields of science and technology studies, anthropology, sociology, political science, geography and related fields that approach crises and their infrastructures in socio-technical and socio-material terms. Contributions may be concerned with (1) the diversity of methodologies and approaches to study ‘permacrises infrastructures’ and their entanglements, (2) different sites of permacrises, ranging from pandemic and health crises, migration and border control, anthropocene, the military domain, the crisis of liberal democracies, (3) technopolitics of crises, (re)constructing infrastructures in the name of crisis, and infrastructures in crisis, or/and (4) crises, infrastructures and temporality, and/or (5) policies and political strategies to develop infrastructures or to turn them into more ‘public infrastructures’.

This is an invitational event.