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Infrastructured lives: assembling politics and liveable life in contemporary Kenya

Project description

A closer look at ‘infrastructure'’ in Kenya

As a verb rather than a noun, infrastructure could also refer to a socially and politically mediated transformation of the body in and through state directed mega-projects. These reduce human beings to abstractions – such as citizens, beneficiary groups, or infrastructure users – which renders infrastructure as fundamental to the material and semiotic violence of the capitalist state. The EU-funded INFRALIVES project focusses on mega-infrastructures in contemporary Kenya. It provides an ethnographically grounded theoretical account of social and political geographies of contemporary mega-infrastructures. The project draws on critical social theory (including the work of Theodor Adorno, Judith Butler, Francis Fanon, and Achille Mbembe) in relation to geographical scholarship on infrastructure.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM
Net EU contribution
€ 175 572,48
Address
Spui 21
1012WX Amsterdam
Netherlands

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Region
West-Nederland Noord-Holland Groot-Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00