Mobility's Infrastructures

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Anthropology

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Mobility's Infrastructures
Spring 2023
Taught By: Jacquelin Kataneksza
Section: A

CRN: 13655

Credits: 4

Much scholarship on mobilities focuses on how marginalized people are excluded from the opportunities presented by moving freely. For these people, the right to movement is actively controlled by a global mobility system structured by nation-states and corporations. In this course, we will explore the various technologies, in addition to financial and social capital, used to prop up or circumvent these formalized global (im)mobility infrastructures. While governments and corporations use artificial intelligence and big data, to enforce policies that surveil and manipulate people’s movement, migrants and cross-border traders are increasingly using various software applications to facilitate their movement and survival. Taking a critical approach, we will examine how technologies, including the Internet and mobile phone apps, are transforming mobility across a variety of borders, from the perspective of governments, corporations, and migrants and traders. We will consider what these variably used technologies reveal about juxtaposing mobility regimes, and if the presence of “shadow mobility infrastructure(s)” (Spijkerboer, 2018) necessitate a re-framing of how political geographies are understood.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Anthropology (LANT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 5, 2023 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 3:24am EDT 6/4/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Monday, Wednesday
Times: 4:00pm - 5:40pm
Building: 6 East 16th Street
Room: 1102
Date Range: 1/23/2023 - 5/15/2023