Placing Classification

I’ve been thinking about the places of classification, meaning both where it takes place and how different classification systems incorporate space and place. This is in part a reaction to collaborative work I’ve been doing (with a group from the Algorithms Studies Network), since algorithms are (in)famous for traveling across domains without attending to the… Continue reading Placing Classification

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Recap: Richard Sennett @ WORM

Photo credit: Aad Hoogendoorn I was delighted to be asked by De Dépendence to respond with Tina Rahimy to Richard Sennett at an event at WORM in December 2018 (video below), moderated by Farid Tabarki. Sennett was speaking about his new book Building and Dwelling, where he argues in favor of open cities, and against closed, controlled,… Continue reading Recap: Richard Sennett @ WORM

The book exists!

My first book, Mapping Israel, Mapping Palestine: How Occupied Landscapes Shape Scientific Knowledge has just been published by the MIT Press. The MIT page has a summary and quotes from Laleh Khalili and Stefan Helmreich, two people whose work I really admire. The book is available online via independent bookstores in the Netherlands and the US, and it's… Continue reading The book exists!

Ephemeral Infrastructures

Recently we've been writing about Paul Edwards' (2006) notion of infrastructural globalism, or how "'the world' is produced and maintained" through infrastructures that are aimed at spanning the globe. Walking around London after the bodies conference, I came back to thinking about how different infrastructures come to be seen as ephemeral or obdurate, and how they come to be seen as belonging… Continue reading Ephemeral Infrastructures