Infrastructures of Labor explores how infrastructures are not just technical artifacts but are comprised of human labor. From networked infrastructures in the global North to do-it-yourself “people as infrastructure” systems in the global South, the panelists will present research considering how human bodies and communities are interwoven with the built environment and its technological systems. This exploration will illuminate the forms of dirty labor and exploitation that infrastructures depend on, the informal systems through which people make their cities conform to them in unpredictable ways, and the insurgent politics that may arise from rebelling through infrastructure.
A PANEL DISCUSSION / DECEMBER 8 / 6:30 – 8:30PM
20 COOPER SQUARE / 5TH FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM
Kafui Attoh / Assistant Professor of Urban Studies / The Murphy Institute / CUNY
Catherine Fennell / Assistant Professor of Anthropology / Columbia University
Malini Ranganathan / Assistant Professor / School of International Service / American University
Rosalind Fredericks / Assistant Professor / Gallatin School of Individualized Study / NYU
Penny Lewis / Associate Professor of Labor Studies/ The Murphy Institute / CUNY