Research subject Infrastructural Matters
Here at the department research looks at infrastructures not only as finished objects but also dynamic and changeable ‘matter’ in constant need of maintenance and vulnerable to other active matters.
The study of infrastructures in anthropology has expanded considerably during the last 15 years. Here at the department research looks at infrastructures not only as finished objects with social, economic, political, cultural and environmental effects but also dynamic and changeable ‘matter’ in constant need of maintenance and vulnerable to other active matters such as water, weather, chemicals, and biological agents. Research into infrastructures reflects the current historical moment, including the environmental hazards of the Anthropocene. Investigating infrastructures as dynamic materialisation means raising politically and socially relevant questions in order to understand what has led to the current situation of social inequality and climate change. Such investigations offer relevant commentary on modernity and humanism, and call for a re-evaluation of what infrastructures should achieve. Research themes include ports and railways, the impact of airports on tourism and gender, migration and infrastructure, sustainable solutions in urban development, logistics and big data.