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REASSEMBLING THE INFRASTRUCTURES OF CITIZENSHIP – Professor Deborah Cowen – October 26, 2017
October 26 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 amfree
In a country where the official narrative recognizes Canada’s genesis, both materially and symbolically, in the driving of the railroad’s last spike, it should hardly be controversial to insist that infrastructure is at the centre of political life. Yet buried in this claim is a more contentious question about how infrastructure binds us together.
How does infrastructure both connect and divide people and places? Whose lives are enabled by infrastructure, and whose are curtailed? In this talk, Prof. Cowen will explore infrastructure networks across spaces, tracking back and forth in time to scenes of colonial expansion, labour struggle and domestic warfare. She will also examine contemporary infrastructure expansion and investment, and how this plays a role in crafting political community.