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.

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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.

Comparative Relativism (Special issue of Common Knowledge)

 

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.

Forthcoming

Blok, Anders and Casper Bruun Jensen. Submitted. “The Anthropocene Event in Social Theory: On Catching Up with Nonhumans,” Theory, Culture and Society.

Gad, Christopher and Casper Bruun Jensen. Forthcoming. “Teknologistudier og Sociologi,” Grundbog i sociologi, C. Bagge Laustsen og A. Blok, Hans Reitzel.

Jensen, Casper Bruun Jensen. Forthcoming. “Can the Mekong Speak: On Hydropower, Models and ‘Thing-Power,” Current Thinking: Exploring Electricity as Material Practice, S. Abram, T. Yarrow & B.R. Winthereik, eds, MIT Press.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. Forthcoming. “Here Comes the Sun? Experimenting with Cambodian Energy Infrastructures,” Infrastructure, Environment and Life in the Anthropocene, K. Hetherington, ed., Duke University Press.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. tbd. “Disciplinary Translations: Remarks on Latour in Literary Studies and Anthropology.”

Jensen, Casper Bruun. Submitted. “Vertiginous Worlds and Emetic Anthropologies,” The World Multiple, K. Omura, A. Morita, S. Satsuka & G. J. Otsuki. Routledge.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. Submitted. “Deleuze in Social Science: Some Introductory Themes,” Annual Review in Critical Psychology.

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

Jensen, Casper Bruun. Forthcoming. “Bifurcações: Relativismo Comparativo”. Conexoes Parciais.

 

 

2012

Jensen, Casper Bruun. (2012) “Motion: The Task of Anthropology is to Invent Relations”, Critique of Anthropology 32(1): 47-53.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. (2012) “Bifurcations: Comparative Relativism”. Translated into Portuguese for special issue of Conexoes Parciais. (Click the title for the English version).

Jensen, Casper Bruun. (2012). “Anthropology as a Following Science: Humanity and  Sociality in Continuous Variation”. NatureCultures 1(1): 1-24.

Jensen, Casper Bruun and Naoki Kasuga. (2012) “An Interview with Naoki Kasuga”. Hau: Journal of Ethnographic Theory (Special forum) 2(2): 389-97.

Jensen, Casper Bruun and Atsuro Morita. Editors (2012) Anthropology as Critique of Reality: A Japanese Turn.  Hau: Journal of Ethnographic Theory (Special forum) 2(2): 358-70

Jensen, Casper Bruun and Brit Ross Winthereik. (2012) “Recursive Partnerships in Global Development Aid” in Soumhya Venkatesan and Thomas G. Yarrow (eds.) Differentiating Development. London and New York: Berghahn. 84-10.

Jensen, Casper Bruun and Christopher Gad. (2012). “Praksismagi: Praksis som løsen og problem I videnskabs- og teknologistudier”. Slagmark: Tidsskrift for idéhistorie. (Special issue on “practice”) 64: 61-77.

 

Introduktion til STS

First and only Danish introduction to STS, edited with Peter Lauritsen and Finn Olesen.

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.

Deleuzian Intersections: Science, Technology, Anthropology

 

Deleuzian Intersections, published by Berghahn (2009/ pb 2012). Edited with Kjetil Rödje. Contributions from Geoff Bowker, Steven D. Brown, Arturo Escobar & Michal Osterweil, Mariam Fraser, Adrian Mackenzie, Andrew Pickering, Erich Scienke, Isabelle Stengers,  Eduardo Viveiros de Castro. Read the introduction here.

“This remarkable work… creates a compelling radicalism from which to broach issues and problems that turn out to belong to no one discipline.”   ·  Marilyn Strathern, Cambridge University

“Science studies has long been in need of some Deleuzian lines of flight from its predictable territories – now the wait is over… If the next century will be known as Deleuzian, as Foucault famously predicted, then the next century’s science studies will proliferate and unfold from the rich materials collected here.”   ·  Mike Fortun, Department of Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

This is an excellent edited collection that points to new lines of inquiry in the areas explored. The editors must congratulate themselves in pulling together a fine body of work. “ ·  JRAI

To consider anew the relation of science and humanities beyond the simplistic finger-pointing of “social constructivism” or the reductivism of STS, as this book does, is an important direction for continuing Deleuze’s project.”  ·  SubStance

See book reviews in Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute and in Substance

 

 

 

Environmental Infrastructures

See the project website for further details. The project won the Presidential Award of Osaka University 2013.

Date: August 2012 – 2016

Type: International research project (Funded by the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science).

Participants
The project involves collaborative activities organized by associate professor Atsuro Morita (P.I), associate professors Casper Bruun Jensen and Brit Ross Winthereik (ITU), Anders Blok (KU) and participants from Tokyo and Kyoto University among other places.

Environmental infrastructures refer to systems of coordinated technologies, standards and practices that are developed with the aim of ensuring environmental sustainability. The point of the environmental infrastructures project is to develop a comparative basis with which to analyze different modes and strategies for building sustainable environmental infrastructures. Our working hypothesis is that a precondition for the successful development of environmental infrastructures is that technological innovation is carried out in a way that takes into account both the natural environment and the socio-cultural context of user countries. Our science and technology studies (STS) approach to environmental infrastructures is based on ethnographic studies of engineering practices, use of IT technologies, and the building of socio-cultural partnerships in the context of green technology innovation. Applicants are engaged in a wide range of research topics in Denmark, Japan, Thailand and India. Each case is explored ethnographically and focuses on technology design aiming to improve environmental sustainability. Shared among them is that i) they require innovative combinations of new and old technologies, ii) they are carried out in the context of considerable uncertainty about outcomes, and iii) they involve complex relations between Northern and Southern partners, connecting local innovations with global circulation of people, objects and information.

Activities
Preliminary meetings were held in conjunction with the 4S conference in Tokyo, 2010 and in Osaka and Copenhagen 2011. Two workshops are planned under the framework of this activity; the first in Copenhagen, Denmark in September 2010 and the second in Osaka, Japan in November 2010. Project participants held a series of panels on Environmental Infrastructures at the 4S 2012 conference in Copenhagen.

2011

Jensen, Casper Bruun, Morten Pedersen and Brit Ross Winthereik. Editors. (2011). Comparative Relativism: Symposium on an Impossibility (special issue of Common Knowledge 17(1).

Jensen, Casper Bruun. (2011) “Introduction: Contexts for Comparative Relativism”. Common Knowledge 17(1) (Special issue on “Comparative Relativism: Symposium on an Impossibility”). 1- 13.

Jensen, Casper Bruun Jensen. (2011). “Making Lists, Enlisting Scientists: The Bibliometric Indicator, Uncertainty and Emergent Agency”. Science Studies 24(2) 64-84.

2010

Gad, Christopher and Casper Bruun Jensen. (2010). “On the Consequences of Post-ANT”Science, Technology and Human Values 35(1): 55-80.

Jensen, Casper Bruun.(2010). Ontologies for Developing Things: Studying the Generation of Futures in Health Care. Transdisciplinary Studies Series. Sense Publishers, The Netherlands.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. (2010). “Asymmetries of Knowledge: Virtual Ethnography and ICT for Development”Methodological Innovations Online.  5(1): 72-85.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. (2010). “Recursive Partnership: Knowledge Interfaces and Exchanges of Perspective in Global Development Aid”. In U. Landfester and G. Palsson The Future of Knowledge: Mapping Interfaces. European Science Foundation Interdisciplinary Workshop Event Report.

Saito, Moeko and Casper Bruun Jensen. (2010) “Rearranging Social Space: Boundary-Making in a Joint Forest Management Project, Andhra Pradesh, India”. Conservation and Society. 8(3): 196-209.