We warmly invite you to join us and participate in an extended conversation with Professor Anna Tsing (Aarhus University Research on the Anthropocene) and Dr Jamie Cross (Social Anthropology and ‘Energy Data for All’, Edinburgh University) next Wednesday.
Both will talk about their current work, and then we invite you to reflect on how this speaks to your own research. Together we will open a conversation between all our different research interests and concerns. This will be a roundtable event. Everyone is invited but space is limited, so please contact the organiser, Laura Watts (firstname.lastname@example.org), to confirm your place.
Wednesday 3 May
14.00 – 16.00
Anna Tsing is a world-leading theorist of globalisation, environment and transnational interconnection. Her most recent, award winning, work is The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins. Her earlier works—which include the monographs Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection (Princeton University Press 2005, Co-Winner of the 2005 Senior Book Prize, American Ethnological Association) and In the Realm of the Diamond Queen (Princeton University Press 1994, Winner of the 1994 Harry J. Benda Prize, Association for Asian Studies)—have been characterized not only by their theoretical sophistication, but by the use of innovative writing strategies designed to capture the diverse and conflicting social interactions that make up our contemporary world. For further details on her work see her webpage.
Jamie Cross currently works with large-scale industrial development projects like India’s Special Economic Zones, and also has a focus on technologies for energy generation and storage in places where there is no electricity grid. One strand of his research has involved an engagement with the social and material relationships that constitute infrastructure. A recent ESRC funded research project Off the Grid: Relational Infrastructures for Fragile Futures (2013-15) looked comparatively at infrastructures for energy and health in parts of rural India, Papua New Guinea and Scotland. He currently leads the ESRC/AHRC funded Displaced Energy project (2016-2018) which is developing qualitative approaches to energy infrastructures in refugee camps and settlements across sub-Saharan Africa. For further details on his work see his webpage.
We look forward to speaking with them, and with you, on Wednesday 3 May.