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.
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.
“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 Run, Memory Practices in the Sciences and Sorting Things Out: Classification and Its Consequences with Susan Leigh Star]
See the review in Intersections here.
Delta’s Dealing with Uncertainty (DoUbT) is an ORA project funded by the Dutch, UK, French and Japanese national funding organizations for the period 2016-2019. DoUbT innovatively combines science and technology studies (STS) with the anthropology of development to interrogate how uncertainties are understood and dealt with in environmental planning. We focus on four deltas with diverging cultural and historical trajectories and contemporary dynamics: the Ganges-Brahmaputra, the Mekong, the Chao Phraya and the Irrawaddy.
Please see the project site for further details
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. “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”). http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1600910X.2015.1019533.
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.
Gad, Christopher, Casper Bruun Jensen and Brit Ross Winthererik. (2013). “Praktisk ontologi: Verdener i STS og antropologi”. Tidsskrift for antropologi 67. (Special issue on “multiple worlds”).
Jensen, Casper Bruun Jensen. (2013) “Two Forms of the Outside: Castaneda, Blanchot, Ontology” Hau: Journal of Ethnographic Theory 3(3): 309-35.
Jensen, Casper Bruun.(2013). “Review essay: Annelise Riles: Collateral Knowledge: Legal Reasoning in the Global Financial Markets. Chicago, IL and London: University of Chicago Press. 2011.” East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal 7(3): 517-25.
Jensen, Casper Bruun. (2013). “What If We Were Already In the In-Between? Further Ventures Into the Ontologies of Science and Politics”. Foundations of Science 18(2): 331-36.
Jensen, Casper Bruun Jensen and Anders Blok. (2013). “Techno-Animism in Japan: Shinto Cosmograms, Actor-network Theory, and the Enabling Powers of Non-Human Agencies”. Theory, Culture and Society 30(2): 84-115.
Jensen, Casper Bruun Jensen and Brit Ross Winthereik (Forthcoming 2013). Monitoring Movements in Development Aid: Recursive Partnerships and Aid Infrastructures (Cambridge, MA and London: MIT Press).
Jensen, Casper Bruun and Christopher Gad. (2013) “Spørgsmål til teknologierne – om komplekser af tænkning og ting” in Søren Riis and Kasper Schiølin (eds.) Nye spørgsmål om teknikken. Århus: Århus Universitets Forlag, pp. 187-207.
Nielsen, Annegrete Juul and Casper Bruun Jensen. (2013). “Traveling Frictions: Global Disease Management, Local Comparisons, and Emergent Patients”. Science and Technology Studies 26(2). (Special issue on Patient 2.0).
Now out/freely available online: the “ontological turn” in anthropology — in Japan. Special Forum of Hau: Journal of Ethnographic Theory. Introduction by Casper Bruun Jensen and Atsuro Morita. Article by Miho Ishii. Interview with Naoki Kasuga. And responses by Marilyn Strathern and Annelise Riles.
Special issue of Common Knowledge. Introduction by Casper Bruun Jensen. Articles by Barbara Herrnstein Smith, Isabelle Stengers, Marilyn Strathern & Eduardo Viveiros de Castro. Responses by G. E. R. Lloyd, Andreas Roepstorff, Martin Holbraad, Steven D. Brown, Helen Verran, Brit Ross Winthereik, Bruce Kapferer, Annemarie Mol, Morten A. Pedersen, Debbora Battaglia, Matei Candea & Roy Wagner.