This panel aims to highlight the ways in which peri-urban/semi-rural locations operate as liminal spaces caught between cities and the countryside by interrogating the role of infrastructures, and their manifestations across different scales, as intimate processes.
On May 23rd 2007, for the first time in history more people on Earth were recorded as living in urban rather than rural spaces. With this shift, cities are now understood as key centres of political, economic and social life, dependent upon a certain kind of infrastructural flexibility. At the same time, locations outside of core cities have been increasingly defined by their lack of infrastructure and mobility. This panel aims to interrogate the spaces in between, what we term 'liminal states', where the intimate affects of infrastructure are perhaps more visible than in distinctly urban or rural locations. We see these spaces as crucial sites for probing, for example, the ways in which the deterritorialising effects of global capital are impacting the precarious livelihoods of both migrant and indigenous communities. It is our hope that these discussions provide a timely commentary on broader debates regarding materiality and subjectivity. We invite papers from the fields of anthropology, human geography, urban studies, human ecology, and the environmental humanities more broadly, that contribute to these discussions.