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Infrastructured Lives

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This research focuses on embodied geographies of mega-infrastructures. I explore how large-scale infrastructures shape everyday lives of different subject groups who come into contact, both intimate and distant, violent and mundane, with large-scale development projects. 

The research focuses on the following two questions:

1. What (im)possibilities of liveability emerge in postcolonial, intersectional, embodied geographies of contemporary mega-infrastructures?

2. How do mega-infrastructures affect – subjugate, configure, or articulate – people
who use, live in, or around, them?

Exploring these questions in the context of Kenya, I open theoretical avenues to understand infrastructure as not only a social, cultural and political relation (for instance, “emergent international development regime”, “global networks of value”, "state territoriality" that the literature discusses), but also profoundly as a relation of self, implicated in biopolitics and necropolitics of the state and capital.   

Outputs from this research appear in Society and Space, Antipode, Progress in Human Geography,  Geoforum, and the Annals of the American Association of Geographers (see publications)

 

Supported by Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowship (Project ID: 101023118)

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