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.

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Assorted Pieces and In Progress


Jensen, Casper Bruun (2017). “Wound-Up Worlds and The Wind-Up Girl: On the Anthropology of Climate Change and Climate Fiction,” Paper presented at department of anthropology, University of Aarhus, September 2017.

Jensen, Casper Bruun (2017) “Say Why You Say It: On Ethnographic and Rhetorical Effects,” unpubl. draft manus.

Jensen, Casper Bruun (2016) “Thinking the New Earth: New Alliances in the Anthropocene.” Lecture given at Osaka University, Department of Human and Social Sciences, October 27, 2016.

Jensen, Casper Bruun (2013) “Infrastructural Ontologies”. Key note presentation for the IV Reunião de Antropologia da Ciência e da Tecnologia (ReAct) conferene, UNICAMP, Campinas, Brazil, 24-26 September 2013.

Jensen, Casper Bruun (2005) “Description, Creativity, and Experimentation: On the Multiplicity of Usefulness in/of Ethnographic Practice”. Paper prepared for the panel “What is the point of description,” convened by Marilyn Strathern for the “Description and creativity: Approaches to collaboration and value from anthropology, art, science, and technology” conference, King’s College, Cambridge, U.K., July 3-5, 2005.

Jensen, Casper Bruun (2008) “Acting With, Against – or, Acting out – in practice:  A Fractal View on Health Care (and) Research”. Paper presented at the 4S/EASST conference Acting with Science, Technology and Medicine, held in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, August 2008.

Jensen, Casper Bruun (2011) “Contingencies of Science and Culture – Some Inspirations from Barbara Herrnstein Smith”. Prepared for the ‘Science, Scientism, and Anti-Science in the Humanities’ Symposium held in Honor of Barbara Herrnstein Smith, Duke University, the Franklin Humanities Institute, February 11, 2011.

See for links to videos of the panels, featuring Ian Baucom, Frederic Jameson, Elizabeth Wilson, Jonathan Culler, Mark Hansen, Jane Tompkins, Andrew Janiak, Casper Bruun Jensen, Katherine Hayles, Nancy Amstrong, Stanley Fish, Susan Hegeman, Timothy Lenoir, Rob Mitchell and Barbara Herrnstein Smith.





Jensen, Casper Bruun. (2009). “STS” in Svend Brinkman and Lene Tanggaard (eds.) Kvalitative metoder og tilgange. København: Hans Reitzel. 2009. 375-89.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. (2009) “Anmeldelse: Anders Blok & Torben Elgaard Jensen: Bruno Latour – Hybride tanker i en hybrid verden”. København: Hans Reitzel Forlag, Dansk Sociologi 20(4).

Jensen, Casper Bruun. (2009)“Anmeldelse: Bruno Latour; En ny sociologi for et nyt samfund”. København: Akademisk Forlag, 2008. Politica 41(4): 478-81.

Jensen, Casper Bruun and Kjetil Rödje. Editors. (2009).  Deleuzian Intersections: Science, Technology and Anthropology. Berghahn Books, Oxford.

Jensen, Casper Bruun and Kjetil Rödje. (2009) “Introduction: Deleuzian Introductions in Science, Technology and Anthropology” in Casper Bruun Jensen and Kjetil Rödje (eds.) Deleuzian Intersections: Science, Technology and Anthropology. Oxford: Berghahn Press. 2009. 1-37.


Jensen, Casper Bruun. (2008) “Sociology, Systems and (Patient) Safety: Knowledge Translations in Health Care Policy.” Sociology of Health and Illness 30(2): 309-24.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. (2008) “Power, Technology and Social Studies of Health Care: An Infrastructural Inversion”. Health Care Analysis 16(4): 355-74.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. (2008) “Developing/Development Cyborgs”Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences (Special issue on “Cyborg Embodiment: Affect, Agency and Responsibility”). 7(3): 375-85.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. (2008). “Traveling Standards and the Development of Danish Electronic Patient RecordsWorking Paper Series # 7, Center for Science-Technology-Society Studies, University of Aarhus, Denmark.

Jensen, Casper Bruun and Christopher Gad. (2008). “Philosophy of Technology as Empirical Philosophy: Comparing Technological Scales in Practice” in Jan-Kyrre Berg Olsen & Evan M. Selinger (eds) New Waves in Philosophy of Technology. Palgrave MacMillan. 292-315.

Jensen, Casper Bruun and Randi Markussen. (2008). “Mårup Church and Politics of Hybridization: On Choice and Becoming”. In Andrew Pickering and Keith Guzik (eds.) The Mangle in Practice: Science, Society and Becoming. Durham, NC & London: Duke University Press: Durham. 129-63.

Unpacking “Interventions” in Science and Technology Studies


Special issue of Science as Culture with contributions from Casper Bruun Jensen, Teun Zuiderent-Jerak, Signe Vikkelsø, Randi Markussen, Jessica Mesman, Roland Bal & Femke Mastbom.


Gad, Christopher and Casper Bruun Jensen. (2007). “Post-ANTs konsekvenser” in Jensen, Casper Bruun, Peter Lauritsen & Finn Olesen (eds.) Introduktion til STS. København: Hans Reitzels Forlag. 93-119.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. (2007). “Infrastructural Fractals: Re-visiting the Micro-Macro Distinction in Social Theory”. Environment and Planning DSociety and Space 25(5) 832-50.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. (2007) “Sorting Attachments: Usefulness of STS in Health Care Practice and Policy.” Science as Culture 16(3). (Special issue:“Unpacking “Intervention” in Science and Technology Studies”. 237-53.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. (2007) “Biodiversity, Non-linearity and the Mnemonick Deep: Review of Geoffrey C. Bowker, Memory Practices in the Sciences (Cambridge, MA and London, England: The MIT Press, 2005), 256 pages. Metascience 16: 187-95.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. (2007). “Beyond the Two Cultures with Scandalous Knowledge: Relativism and Constructivism Re-Visited: Review of Barbara Herrnstein Smith: Scandalous Knowledge: Science, Truth and The Human. (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2005; Durham, NC, USA: Duke University Press, 2006), 198 pages”. Social Studies of Science 37(4): 647-54.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. (2007). “At sortere forbindelser: Om samfundsforskningens nytte”. Nordisk Udkast. 35(1): 26-37.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. (2007).“På kanten af STS: Udfordringer fra Isabelle Stengers og Barbara Herrnstein Smith”, in Jensen, Casper Bruun, Peter Lauritsen and Finn Olesen (eds) Introduktion til STS. København: Hans Reitzels Forlag. 205-233.

Jensen, Casper Bruun, Peter Lauritsen and Finn Olesen. Editors. (2007). Introduktion til STSHans Reitzels Forlag, København.

Jensen, Casper Bruun, Peter Lauritsen og Finn Olesen. (2007). “Introduktion” in Jensen, Casper Bruun, Peter Lauritsen and Finn Olesen (eds) Introduktion til STS. København: Hans Reitzels Forlag. 7-17. 2007

Jensen, Casper Bruun and Teun Zuiderent-Jerak. Editors. (2007) Unpacking Intervention in Theory and Practice. Special Issue of Science as Culture 16(3).

Markussen, Randi & Casper Bruun Jensen. (2007). ”The Unbearable Lightness of Organizational Learning Theory: Organizations, Information Technologies, and Complexities of Learning in Theory and Practice.” Learning Inquiry 1(3): 203-18.

Zuiderent-Jerak, Teun & Casper Bruun Jensen. (2007) “Editorial Introduction: Unpacking “Intervention” in Science and Technology Studies” Science as Culture 16(3). (Special issue: “Unpacking “Intervention” in Science and Technology Studies”227-237.



Jensen, Casper Bruun. (2006). Established Sentiments, Alternative Agendas and   Politics of Concretisation. Configurations 14(3): 217-44.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. (2006) “Review Essay: Latour, Bruno, 2004, Politics of Nature: How to bring the science into democracy (Cambridge, MA and London: Harvard University Press)” Human Studies 29(1): 107-22.

Jensen, Casper Bruun.(2006) “Technologic: Conceptualizing Organizational Transformation with the Electronic Patient Record.” Systems, Signs, and Action 2(1): 41-59.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. (2006). “The Wireless Nursing Call System: Politics of Discourse, Technology and Dependability in a Pilot Project”. CSCW (Special Issue on Dependability in Health Care) 15(5-6): 419-41.



Jensen, Casper Bruun. (2005) “Citizen Projects and Consensus Building at the Danish Board of Technology: On Experiments in Democracy”, Acta Sociologica (special issue on Science, Power, and Democracy) 48(3): 221-35.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. (2005). “An Experiment in Performative History: The Danish Electronic Patient Record as a Future-Generating Device.” Social Studies of Science 35(2): 241-67.

Jensen, Casper Bruun and Peter Lauritsen. (2005). “Reading Digital Denmark: IT Reports as Material- Semiotic Actors”. Science, Technology and Human Values. 30(3): 352-73.

Jensen, Casper Bruun and Peter Lauritsen. (2005) “Qualitative Research as Partial Connection: Bypassing the Power-Knowledge Nexus”. Qualitative Research 5(1): 59-77.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. “Citizen Projects and Consensus Building at the Danish Board of Technology: On Experiments in Democracy.” In R. Hagendijk, P.   Healey, M. Horst and A. Irwin (eds) Science, Technology and Governance in  Europe: Challenges of Public Engagement. Stage (EU FP5: contract HPSE-  CT2001-50003) Final Report, February 2005.

Balka, Ellen, Ina Wagner & Casper Bruun Jensen. ”Reconfiguring Critical Computing in an Era of Configurability.” Proceedings of the 4th Decennial Aarhus Conference on Critical Computing: Between Sense and Sensibility, Aarhus, Denmark August 20-24, 2005 (Denmark: ACM Press). 79-89.


Jensen, Casper Bruun. (2004) “A Non-Humanist Disposition: On Performativity, Practical Ontology, and Intervention”. Configurations 12(2): 229-61.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. (2004). “Researching Partially Existing Objects: What is an Electronic Patient Record? Where do you find it? How do you study it?” Working Paper Series # 4Center for Science-Technology-Society Studies, University of Aarhus, Denmark.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. (2004) Experimental Devices: Studies in STS and Electronic Patient Records. PhD Dissertation. Aarhus University.

Ihde, Don, Casper Bruun Jensen, Jari Friis Jørgensen, Srikanth Mallavarapu, Eduardo Mendieta, John Mix, John Protevi and Evan Selinger. (2004). “1000 years of War  – Conversation with Manuel de Landa”. Kroker, Arthur and Marilouise Kroker (eds.) Life in the Wires: The Ctheory Reader. CTheory Press: Victoria, Canada. 135-54.




Ihde, Don, Rob Crease, Casper Bruun Jensen and Evan Selinger. (2003). “An Interview with Bruno Latour in Ihde, Don and Evan M. Selinger (ed.). Chasing Technoscience: Matrix for Materiality. Indianapolis: Indiana University Press. 15- 27.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. (2003) “Latour and Pickering: Posthuman Perspectives on Science, Becoming and Normativity” in Ihde, Don and Evan M. Selinger (ed.). Chasing Technoscience: Matrix for Materiality. Indiana University Press: Indianapolis. 225-41.

Jensen, Casper Bruun.(2003). “An Interview with Andy Pickering” Ihde, Don and Evan   M. Selinger (ed.). Chasing Technoscience:Matrix for Materiality. Indiana University Press: Indianapolis. 83-96.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. (2003). “The ‘Seamless Web’: The Development of the Electronic Patient Record in Aarhus Region, Denmark.” Methods of Information in Medicine. 42(4): 405-9.

Jensen, Casper Bruun. (2003).  “Figureringer af Natur og Kultur på Verdensudstillingen Hannover, 2000”. Kontur 7: 3-11.

Jensen, Casper Bruun and Evan Selinger. (2003) “Distance and Alignment: Haraway’s and Latour’s Nietzschean Legacies” in Ihde, Don and Evan M. Selinger (ed.). Chasing Technoscience: Matrix for Materiality. Indianapolis: Indiana University Press.195-213.

Madsen, Simon Kiilerich and Casper Bruun Jensen. (2003). “Fabrics of another World:  Gore-Tex and Nomadic Practices”. Kvinder, Køn og Forskning: Fra Humboldt til Mickey-Mouse Universiteter 2: 68-73.

Madsen, Simon Kiilerich and Casper Bruun Jensen. (2003). “Køn og Kunststof: Nomadiske Perspektiver på Materiel Kultur”. Kontur 6: 51-6.


Jensen, Casper Bruun. “Eksperimenter i Nationale Identiteter på Expo 2000”. Kulturo. 33-41. 2002.

Jensen, Casper Bruun and Brit Ross Winthereik. (2002). “Political and Moralising Moments: Documents as Material Agents in Danish Visions of IT in HealthCare”. Information Technology and People 15(3): 127-41.