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Reminder CfP: "Infrastructures of Injustice", Cambridge-Singapore-Princeton Network workshop series

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"S. Brunnegger" <[log in to unmask]>

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S. Brunnegger

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Tue, 1 May 2018 15:38:34 +0100

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Dear All,

Please find below a call for papers for a workshop "Infrastructures of 
Injustice: Law & Conflict” to take place at St Edmund’s College, 
University of Cambridge, on 26-27th Oct. 2018.

This Cambridge workshop is part of the Cambridge-Singapore-Princeton 
Network workshop series. The workshop series interrogates the 
interrelationships between infrastructures and injustice; alert to the 
manner in which law threads through the material, the conceptual, the 
ethical, and the affective. We seek work at the junctions of 
infrastructure and injustice to provoke a reconceptualization of 
injustice across multiple empirical settings, but particularly within 
regimes of conflict in the Global South. We intend to achieve this 
through delving into key ways in which the interactions of human and 
(in)tangible infrastructure materializes injustice today. Recognizing 
accelerating trends of securitization, financialization, and 
calculability, means that interrogating the complicity of infrastructure 
in the moralities and ethics of contemporary social life is urgent and 
imperative.

In keeping with the workshop’s push to excavate law’s sometimes 
subterranean presence, the Cambridge workshop will focus on 
infrastructures of conflict. The second workshop in Singapore in January 
2019 will examine migration infrastructures, and the final workshop in 
Princeton in April 2019 will draw these two themes together.

The Cambridge workshop operates from the premise that accounts of armed 
conflict can be productively unpacked through the analytic frameworks of 
infrastructure, and notions of injustice. Ferguson (2008, 36) rightly 
says that human, social and material “infrastructure define how war is 
fought and what is fought over”. The framework of infrastructure is 
usefully enhanced through grappling with notions of injustice because 
war is often prompted by actual or perceived injustices. In addition to 
affecting human, cultural, and social infrastructure, armed conflict 
also disrupts the functioning of built infrastructure. Armed conflict 
leads to the unequal provision of multiple forms of infrastructure, or 
infrastructure deficiency. The space of conflict zones is also the space 
of “pirate” and “fugitive” infrastructures and territorialities (Simone 
2006); elusive infrastructures that are more likely to develop in 
complex and alternative forms. More broadly, the workshop’s concern will 
be with the loss of infrastructure in the context of armed conflict and 
the dehumanization of social capital in the process.

The Cambridge workshop seeks to explore a set of concerns that are 
framed by but not limited to these questions:

                                   -  How are infrastructures of 
injustice temporally and contextually formed and how do they morph and 
change dynamically in relation to shifting circumstances of war and 
conflict? If lawyers simultaneously make law and non-law (Johns 2014, 
1), what role does legal infrastructure play in this context?

                                 -  What are the infrastructures that 
sustain, perpetuate and reify injustice(s)? Here we are looking for 
empirically grounded analyses that deconstruct the ways in which 
injustice continues to work. We are interested, for example, in 
intersections of social capital and public infrastructures in cases of 
armed conflict (eg. hospitals and militaries). 


                                   -  How are infrastructures of 
injustice countered, including in situations of conflict? What are the 
discursive, material and performative strategies of structural 
subversion and individual resistance? How, for instance, does collective 
organisation depend on technologies of communication? (eg. underground 
railroad, safehouses) 


                           -  How does infrastructure cope with changing 
notions of injustice, across time and across place in conflict zones? 
When do forms of infrastructure become obsolete? Do new or reconfigured 
infrastructures become necessary to maintain injustice and perpetuate 
the subjugation of the subjects of injustice? 


John Comaroff (Harvard) has confirmed his participation in the Cambridge 
workshop. Selected speakers will be asked to produce a first draft of 
their paper three weeks before the event in Cambridge for 
pre-circulation. Interested participants are expected to cover their own 
expenses but limited funding may be available to scholars with no 
funding available to them. There is limited funding available for 
scholars based in the Global South.

Please note, a selection of presenters from the Cambridge (and 
Singapore) workshops will be invited to present their revised papers at 
Princeton University (workshop hosted by Carol Greenhouse) on 26-27 
April 2019; travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by 
Princeton University.

Please send an abstract of 250-300 words and a short biographical 
statement by May 11th  2018 to Sandra Brunnegger ([log in to unmask]) and 
Laavanya Kathiravelu ([log in to unmask]) and also state if you will 
be available for the Princeton meeting in April 2019 if selected.


—— Sandra Brunnegger
University of Cambridge | St Edmund’s College | CB3 0BN Cambridge
American Bar Foundation | 750 N Lake Shore Dr | Chicago, IL 60611
University of Chicago | 5801 S Ellis Ave | Chicago, IL 60637
609.933.1529

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