P005a


Infrastructuring Solidarity and the Commons: Prefigurative socio-technical articulations of a post-capitalist world I 
Convenors:
Dimitris Dalakoglou (Vrije University Amsterdam)
Roger Sansi (Universitat de Barcelona)
Christos Giovanopoulos (VU Amsterdam)
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Format:
Panel
Location:
Room 08
Sessions:
Wednesday 27 July, 9:00-10:45

Short Abstract:

The first decades of our century have been ridden with interconnected events of crises and ongoing transformation. Infrastructure and solidarity lie at the heart of such processes of crisis and change; either as enabling actors for improved social life or as fields permeated by crisis.

Long Abstract

In the light of the 4th industrial revolution the 'infrastructural turn' in anthropology has effectively un-black-boxed the uneven relations of power embedded in the techno-material domains of infrastructure. At the same time, in the context of crisis and the retreat of the welfare state, examples of grassroots solidarity, mutual-aid and the commons proliferated in diverse political contexts, socio-technical settings -analogue, digital and phygital- and geographies - local, global and cosmolocal, urban or not- capturing the attention of social scientists. In this course the notion of infrastructure has been established as an analytical category to understand enabling or hindering habitats of sociality and belonging, while solidarity and the commons have been examined as prefigurative examples of hope and/in post-capital modes of social organization. In addition, inroads have been made in the ways techno-material arrangements condition human and social agency, in synch with the permeation of ubiquitous technologies and know-how in everyday life and environs.

Yet, the interaction between infrastructure, solidarity and the commons has remained mostly in the margins of those debates. While the qualities of social movements of solidarity and the commons as infrastructure that induces social change have been examined, the ways in which the qualities of solidarity and the commons effect or are wired into the techno-material domain of infrastructure has escaped attention. Alike, while the synergetic and cross-scale potential embedded in digital technologies has been approached (e.g. digital commons, platform cooperativism), the ways in which emerging, or existing, infrastructure facilitates, or hinders, solidarity and commoning remains under-studied.

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