Multiple Nature-Cultures, Diverse Anthropologies (Special Issue of Social Analysis).

NOW out as a book. Originally, special issue of Social Analysis.

Introduction by Casper Bruun Jensen and Atsuro Morita. Original contributions by Marilyn Strather, Naoki Kasuga, Antonia Walford, Andrew Pickering, Heather Swanson, Kazuyoshi Sugawara and Martin Skrydstrup.

“The editors of this volume offer a notion of nature that is both cosmopolitan and provincial. Combining ethnography and philosophy, this collection takes on complexity as a tool for empirical analysis across themes, places, and histories.” • Marisol de la Cadena, University of California, Davis

“The intersection between anthropology and STS has been one of the most fertile grounds for experimentation among critical social and cultural theorists over recent decades. Showcasing some of its most influential contributors, as well as a number of shooting stars, this volume takes this discussion to a new level of sophistication by returning to the ‘ground zero’ of anthropological (auto) critique: the nature-culture binary and its negotiation within diverse cultural and academic traditions.” • Morten Axel Pedersen, University of Copenhagen

“This volume offers an indispensable exploration of debates on ontological multiplicity and difference, folded elegantly into case studies that dance between science studies and anthropology in Japanese as well as Euro-American registers.” • Amiria Salmond, University of Auckland

Infrastructures as Ontological Experiments (Special Issue of Ethnos)

Introduction by Casper Bruun Jensen and Atsuro Morita. Articles by Casper Bruun Jensen, Brenda Chalfin, Miho Ishii, Atsuro Morita, Madeleine Reeves and Penny Harvey.

Infrastructures and Social Complexity – A Companion


Infrastructures and Social Complexity – A Companion, edited by Penny Harvey, Casper Bruun Jensen and Atsuro Morita is published by Routledge in October 2016. See the table of contents.


Contemporary forms of infrastructural development herald alternative futures through their incorporation of digital technologies, mobile capital, international politics and the promises and fears of enhanced connectivity. In tandem with increasing concerns about climate change and the anthropocene, there is further an urgency around contemporary infrastructural provision: a concern about its fragility, and an awareness that these connective, relational systems significantly shape both local and planetary futures in ways that we need to understand more clearly. Offering a rich set of empirically detailed and conceptually sophisticated studies of infrastructural systems and experiments, present and past, contributors to this volume address both the transformative potential of infrastructural systems and their stasis. Covering infrastructural figures; their ontologies, epistemologies, classifications and politics, and spanning development, urban, energy, environmental and information infrastructures, the chapters explore both the promises and failures of infrastructure. Tracing the experimental histories of a wide range of infrastructures and documenting their variable outcomes, the volume offers a unique set of analytical perspectives on contemporary infrastructural complications. These studies bring a systematic empirical and analytical attention to human worlds as they intersect with more-than-human worlds, whether technological or biological.

Monitoring Movements in Development Aid

The monograph Monitoring Movements in Development Aid: Recursive Partnerships and Aid Infrastructures, co-written with Brit Ross Winthereik, now available from MIT Press.

Monitoring Movements in Development Aid is the first book to examine what development aid is becoming in the information age. What the authors find is surprising: novel partnerships and intertwined agendas, the critic’s and the aid professional’s; inventive frontiers of ethical practice and fraught politics where the very form of infrastructure constitutes new social and technical milieus. With increasing calls for accountability in aid projects, and metrics for assessing the effectiveness of aid interventions, the authors’ project could not be more timely” – Bill Maurer, Professor of Anthropology and Law, University of California, Irvine

“Anyone who implements or evaluates global socio-material infrastructures meant to enable the flow of aid-related information that help to create transparency, strengthen partnerships, and improve accountability should read this book. It offers a sharp and forgiving account of what concerns you” – Annemarie Mol, Professor of Anthropology, University of Amsterdam

“Conceptualizing development aid within an information infrastructure perspective provides compelling insights into why such programs have less than optimal results, and why there is a mismatch between what is promised and the reality on the ground. Such an infrastructure is both a solution and a source of problems, as it is always incomplete and in the making” – Sundeep Sahay, University of Oslo.

Read a review from the LSE Review of Books here.

Ontologies for Developing Things: Making Health Care Futures Through Technology

“Casper Bruun Jensen is one of the most intellectually accomplished and creative theorists of second-generation Science and Technology Studies (STS) as well as one of the most active and productive researchers in the field. In Ontologies for Developing Things, he offers a series of highly original delineations and vigorous defenses of recent developments–or, as he calls them “dispositions”–in STS (ontological, performative, pragmatist, and so forth) through a series of parallel narrations of his own onsite studies of the introduction of new medical-information technologies in Denmark and Canada. Ontologies for Developing Things is a work of unflagging intelligence and intellectual energy, spilling over with new ideas, surprising angles, sharp perceptions and interesting juxtapositions, and written with correspondingly attractive punch and force. Readers interested in information technologies, contemporary developments in social studies of science, and related cultural and political theory will find the book immensely engaging and endlessly useful”

Barbara Herrnstein Smith, Duke University and Brown University [author of Scandalous Knowledge: Science Truth and the Human and Natural Reflections: Human Cognition at the Nexus of Science and Religion]

“This superb book is all of empirically rich, politically engaged, ontologically profound and lucid. Any three of the four makes a very good book; all four makes an outstanding one”.

Geoffrey C. Bowker, UC Irvine [author of Science on the RunMemory Practices in the Sciences and Sorting Things Out: Classification and Its Consequences with Susan Leigh Star]

See the review in Intersections here.


Jensen, Casper Bruun. 2020. “Speculative Openings, Livable Environments, Educational Futures.” Remarks for the virtual CIES 2020 presidential plenary.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. 2020. “The Anthropocene Eel: Emergent Knowledge, Ontological Politics and New Propositions for an Age of Extinctions,” Anthropocenes: Human, Inhuman, Posthuman 1(1): 1.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. 2020. “Cli-fi, Education, and Speculative Futures,Comparative Review Education 64(1): 150-152.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. 2020. “Disciplinary Translations: Remarks on Latour in Literary Studies and Anthropology.” Common Knowledge 26(2): 230-250.

Jensen, Casper Bruun and Atsuro Morita. 2020. “Deltas in Crisis: From Systems to Sophisticated Conjunctions,” Sustainability 12(4): 1322.


Blok, Anders and Casper Bruun Jensen. 2019. “The Anthropocene Event in Social Theory: On Ways of Problematizing Non-Human Materiality Differently.The Sociological Review 67(6): 1195-1211.

Gad, Christopher and Casper Bruun Jensen. 2019. “Teknologistudier og sociologi,” in Anders Blok and Carsten Bagge Laustsen (eds.) Sociologiens problemer: En grundbogKøbenhavn: Hans Reitzels Forlag. 369-391.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. 2019. “Sparks and Fizzles: Divergent Performances and Patterns of Cambodian Development Projects.” East Asian Science and Technology Studies. Online first.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. 2019. “A Flood of Models: Mekong Ecologies of Comparison.” Social Studies of Science. Online first.

Jensen, Casper Bruun Jensen. 2019. “Can the Mekong Speak: On Hydropower, Models and ‘Thing-Power’,” Electrifying Anthropology: Exploring Electrical Practices and Infrastructures , S. Abram, T. Yarrow & B.R. Winthereik, eds. Bloomberg. 121-139.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. 2019. “Is Actor-Rhizome Ontology a More Appropriate Term for ANT?“, Companion to Actor-Network Theory, A. Blok. E. Farias & C. Roberts (eds). London & New York: Routledge.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. 2019. “Here Comes the Sun? Experimenting with Cambodian Energy Infrastructures” in Kregg Hetherington (ed.) Infrastructure, Environment and Life in the Anthropocene. Durham, NC & London: Duke University Press. 216-36.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. 2019. “A Disparate Multiplicity: Response to ‘Where is East Asia in STS?’,” East Asian Science and Technology Studies 13(1): 137-41.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. 2019. “Review of Michael Fisch’s An Anthropology of the Machine.” Ethnos 84(4): 739-741.

Jensen, Casper Bruun and Asli Kemiksiz. 2019. “Introduction: Experiments in Thinking across Worlds.” NatureCulture 5: i-xiii. [special issue on anthropology and science fiction].

Jensen, Casper Bruun and Line Marie Thorsen. 2019. “Reclaiming Imagination: Speculative SF as an Art of Consequences” (Interview with Isabelle Stengers). NatureCulture 5.


Jensen, Casper Bruun. 2018. “Wound-Up Worlds and The Wind-Up Girl: On the Anthropology of Climate Change and Climate Fiction.” Tapuya: Latin American Science, Technology and Society 1(1): 50-64.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. 2018. “Gilles Deleuze in Social Science: Some Introductory Themes.” Annual Review of Critical Psychology 14: 31-51.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. 2018. “Vertiginous Worlds and Emetic Anthropologies” in Keiichi Omura et al (eds.) The World Multiple: The Quotidian Politics of Knowing and Generating Entangled Worlds. London & New York: Routledge. 37-52.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. 2018. “Verdener spændt til bristepunktet: Klimafiktion og klimaforandring.

Kemiksiz, Asli and Casper Bruun Jensen. 2018. “Writing Science Fiction Out of Experience: SF, Social Science and Planetary Transformations” (Interview with Kim Stanley Robinson). NatureCulture 5.


Jensen, Casper Bruun. 2017. “Mekong Scales: Domains, Test Sites and the Uncommons,” Anthropologica 59(2): 204-215.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. 2017. “New Ontologies? Reflections on Some Recent ‘Turns’ in STS, Anthropology and Philosophy,” Social Anthropology 25(4): 525-545.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. 2017. “Thought from the Outside: Post-truth and Cambodian Political Theater.” Blog entry for First Hundred Days – Narratives of Normalisation and Disruption, Harvard STS Program.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. 2017. “The Umwelten of Infrastructure: A Stroll Along (and Inside) Phnom Penh’s Sewage Pipes,” Zinbun 47: 147-59

Jensen, Casper Bruun. 2017. “‘Integrating Human to Quality’: Capacity Building Across Cambodian Worlds,” Cambridge Journal of Anthropology 35(1): 131-45.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. 2017. “Amphibious Worlds: Environments, Infrastructures, Ontologies,” Engaging Science, Technology and Society 3: 224-234.

Jensen, Casper Bruun and Atsuro Morita. 2017. “Introduction: Minor Traditions, Shizen Equivocations and Sophisticated Conjunctions”. Social Analysis (Special issue: Multiple Nature-Cultures, Diverse Anthropologies) 61(2): 1-15.

Morita, Atsuro and Casper Bruun Jensen. 2017. 「ブルーノ・ラトゥール」『はじめて学ぶ文化人類学」岸上伸啓編、ミネルヴァ書房.

Morita, Atsuro and Casper Bruun Jensen. 2017.  “Delta Ontologies: Infrastructural Transformations in the Chao Phraya Delta, Thailand”. Social Analysis (Special issue: Multiple Nature-Cultures, Diverse Anthropologies) 61(2): 118-134.

Jensen, Casper Bruun and Atsuro Morita. Editors. Multiple Nature-Cultures, Diverse Anthropologies (special issue of Social Analysis).

Winthereik, Brit and Casper Bruun Jensen. 2017. “Learning from Experiments in Optimisation: Post-Critical Perspectives on Monitoring and Evaluation.” Journal of Cultural Economy.



Gad, Christopher & Casper Bruun Jensen. 2016. “Lateral Comparisons“.  In Practicing Comparison. Revitalizing the Comparative Act. Editors Joe Deville, Michael Guggenheim & Zuzana Hrdlickova. Mattering Press. 189-220.

Gad, Christopher and Casper Bruun Jensen. 2016. “Lateral Concepts“. Engaging Science, Technology and Society 2: 3-12.

Green, Sarah, et al. 2016. “Brexit Referendum: First Reactions from Anthropology,” Social Anthropology. DOI: 10.1111/1469-8676.12331. Shorter versions available at EASA Online and AllegraLab.

Harvey, Penny, Casper Bruun Jensen and Atsuro Morita. 2016. Editors. Infrastructures and Social Complexity: A Routledge Companion. London and New York: Routledge.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. 2016. “Multinatural Infrastructures and Phnom Penh Sewage” in Penny Harvey, Casper Bruun Jensen and Atsuro Morita (eds.) Infrastructures and Social Complexity: A Routledge CompanionLondon and New York.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. 2016. “Gilles Deleuze.” In Kulturteori og Kultursociologi, ed. Bjørn Schiermer. København: Hans Reitzel, pp. 29-53.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. 2016 [online first] “Pipe Dreams: Sewage Infrastructure and Activity Trails in Phnom Penh”. Ethnos (Special issue: Infrastructures as Ontological Experiments).

Jensen, Casper Bruun, Miho Ishii and Phil Swift. “Attuning to the Webs of En: Ontography, Japanese Spirit Worlds, and the ‘Tact’ of Minakata Kumagusu.” Hau: Journal of Ethnographic Theory 6(2): 149-172.

Jensen, Casper Bruun and Atsuro Morita. Editors. 2016 [online first] Infrastructures as Ontological Experiments (special issue of Ethnos).

Jensen, Casper Bruun and Atsuro Morita. Editors. 2016 [online first] “Introduction: Infrastructures as Ontological Experiments” Ethnos (Special issue: Infrastructures as Ontological Experiments).

Jensen, Casper Bruun and Kjetil Rodje. 2016. ドゥルージアンの交差点ー序論, 現代思想。Japanese translation of the introduction to Deleuzian Intersections.  Published in 現代思想【Contemporary Thought].


de la Cadena, Marisol, Marianne E. Lien, Mario Blaser, Casper Bruun Jensen, Tess Lea, Atsuro Morita, Heather Swanson, Gro Ween, Paige West & Margaret Wiener. 2015. “Anthropology and STS: Generative Interfaces”. Hau: Journal of Ethnographic Theory 5(1): 437-475.

Gad, Christopher, Casper Bruun Jensen & Brit Ross Winthereik. 2015.“Practical Ontology: Worlds in STS and Anthropology.” NatureCulture 3: 67-86.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. 2015. “Experimenting with Political Materials: Environmental Infrastructures and Ontological Transformations“. Distinktion: Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory (Special issue: Political Materials: Rethinking Environment, Remaking Theory”).

Jensen, Casper Bruun. 2015. “Comment on Cris Shore and Susan Wright ‘Audit Culture Revisited’.” Current Anthropology 56(3). 433-434.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. 2015.  “Etnografiske variationer i STS og antropologi”, Jordens folk.  50(1-2): 70-78.

Jensen, Casper Bruun & Atsuro Morita. 2015. “Infrastructures as Ontological Experiments.” Engaging Science, Technology and Society 1: 81-87.

Jensen, Casper Bruun & Brit Ross Winthereik. 2015. “Test Sites: Attachments and Detachments in Community-Based Eco-Tourism”. Chapter for the edited volume Detachment: Essays on the Limits of Relational Thinking. Editors Matei Candea, Jo Cook, Catherine Trundle and Thomas Yarrow. Manchester University Press.



Gad, Christopher and Casper Bruun Jensen. 2014. “The Promises of Practice.” The Sociological Review.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. 2014. “Practical Ontologies”, Fieldsights – Theorizing the Contemporary, Cultural Anthropology Online. 

Jensen, Casper Bruun. (2014) “Continuous Variations: The Conceptual and the Empirical” Science, Technology and Human Values (Special issue on The Conceptual and the Empirical) 39(2): 192-213.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. (2014) “Experiments in Good Faith and Hopefulness: Toward a Postcritical Social Science” [Paper to be followed by responses by Hirokazy Miyazaki, Richard Rottenburg and Helen Verran]. Common Knowledge (Special issue on “Experimental Scholarship) 20(2): 337.362.

Winthereik, Brit Ross & Casper Bruun Jensen (2014) “Optimeringseksperimenter: Postkritiske perspektiver på monitorering og evaluering i en miljøorganisation,” Tidsskrift for antropologi 70: 171-190.