Infrastructure, Power and Protest in the Global South

Schools of Public Engagement: Global Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students


Fall 2019

Taught By: Antina von Schnitzler

Section: A

CRN: 5742

Credits: 3

From railroads to communication networks, water pipes and electricity wires, technologies of security and extraction, infrastructures and technologies have been central to mediating modernity. This course explores infrastructure and technology as integral to particular assemblages of power and to the constitution of new political terrains. Rather than neutral means towards more substantive ends, we will approach infrastructures as networked systems that both shape and are shaped by social life and as such, can open up a broader set of questions in relation to power, subjectivity and politics. The course begins by examining the historical relationship between infrastructure, technology and power via studies of colonial infrastructures, Cold War technopolitics and the centrality of infrastructure and technology in projects of development and modernization. We will then explore contemporary questions in relation to infrastructures, such as the technopolitics of oil, technologies of piracy, and infrastructures of security and “preparedness”. Finally, the course will examine infrastructure failure, including both the “ordinary break-downs” of infrastructure in cities of the global south and often dramatic infrastructure failures in the aftermath of disasters or war. Readings will be interdisciplinary, drawing primarily on science and technology studies, anthropology, political theory and geography.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Global Studies (UGLB)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 13

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five 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: 5:37pm 3/20/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 1:55pm - 3:45pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 8/27/2019 - 12/10/2019