Events

POSTPONED until April 26, 2024

Time: Friday 22, 14.00-16.00pm

Location: Room 303, 3 Professor’s Sq.

Join us for our next reading group session, guest-curated by Faye Hammill and looking at infrastructures of modernity in the age of jet travel. Sign up to our newsletter or message us on IG for readings. 

Readings:

Vanessa R. Schwarz, from Jet Age Aesthetic (2020)

Canadian Pacific Airlines, Klondike Tours, (1952)

Caitlynn Beckett, “Re-storying Reclamation in Yukon,” (2023)

February 23, 2024

Time: Friday 23, 14.00-16.00pm

Location: Room 303, 3 Professor’s Sq.

Join us for our next reading group session looking at “infrastructures of feeling” through two essays by geographers Ruth Wilson Gilmore and Kai Bosworth, alongside poetry by Karen Brodine.

Readings:

Ruth Wilson Gilmore, from Abolition Geography: Essays Toward Liberation. (2022)

Kai Bosworth, What is “affective infrastructure”? (2022)

Karen Brodine, “June, 78” from Illegal Assembly, (1980)

January 26, 2024

Join us for a visit to The Trembling Museum exhibition at the Hunterian followed by a discussion on the coloniality of infrastructure.

Time: Friday 26, 14.00-16.00pm

Location: Hunterian Museum.

Readings: 

Frantz Fanon, from The Wretched of the Earth, (1961)

Jennifer Wenzel, “Rediscoveries of the Ordinary; or, All That is Solid…” (2023)

October 27, 2023

Time: Friday 27, 14.00-16.00pm.

Location: Room 101, 7 University Gardens.

Readings:

Susan Leigh Star. The Ethnography of Infrastructure, (1999).

Brian Larkin, The Politics and Poetics of Infrastructure,(2013).

Artwork: Carol Rhodes, A Peculiar Freedom with Reality, (2021). 

September 29, 2023

Join us for a screening of Solveig Suess’s short film ‘AAA Cargo’ (34 mins) followed by an informal group discussion guided by Deborah Cowen’s ‘Infrastructures of Empire and Resistance’ (3500 words). This is the first in a series of monthly reading groups coordinated by IHG. 

Friday, September 29th, 15.00 – 16.30pm 

Andrew Stewart Cinema 

Film: Solveig Suess, AAA Cargo, (2018).

Reading: Deborah Cowen, Infrastructures of Empire and Resistance, (2017). 

June 21st-22nd, 2024

A weekend of events hosted with Le Mardi Gras Listening Collective in partnership with Glasgow International, Counterflows Festival, Clyde Built Radio, and Rubadub Records.
 
On Friday June 21st from 17.00-19.00, Le Mardi Gras Listening Collective will converse with and respond to a performance by Glasgow-based artists Anka Arockiam, Tom Mudd, and Nakul Krishnamurthy. This event is free and will be held at 5 Florence Street. More info here
 
On Saturday June 22nd, we will close Glasgow International by taking over EXIT. Starting at 20:00 and going late, members of Le Mardis Gras will convene to play records and engage in conversation about sonic infrastructures, with DJ sets from DJ Amtrak, Louis Digital (Numbers/Mardi Gras), Mother (Rubadub), Richard (Numbers / Rubadub), and more TBA. Tickets for this event can be purchased on Resident Advisor.

March 28th, 2024

In this talk and practice-research presentation, sound artist and scholar Rebecca Collins will share details of sonic scientific infrastructure used to detect dark matter. As an undetected missing mass in the universe, physicists search for this elusive particle in the cosmic silence cultivated beneath Pyrenean Mountains and with hydrophones deep below the surface of the Mediterranean Sea.

Location: Room 303, 3 Professor’s Sq.

Time: 15.30-17.00pm.

January 22nd, 2024

Join us for a performance and lecture by techno counter-logistician and cultural theorist, DeForrest Brown, Jr. 

In addition to a co-hosted performance at La Chunky Studios on Sunday 21st, for which you can find more details here, DeForrest will be giving a talk and performance hosted by IHG on Monday, January 22nd. 
 
 
Time: 16.00-17.30pm. 
 

December 1, 2023

Join us for a film screening of ‘Max Syedtollan & Music Space’ directed by Duncan Marquiss and Kim O’Neil, originally commissioned for Counterflows Festival.

This screening continues discussions begun as part of our Sonic Music Infrastructures working group, exploring what a creative and critical music ecosystem in Glasgow might look like.

Location: Kelvin Hall Film Theatre.

Time: 14.00-15.30pm.

October 26, 2023

Join us for our first practitioner workshops, exploring local solar futures and regional infrastructures for energy solidarity with with Glasgow Community Energy.

Location: Room 209, 2 University Gardens.

Time: Thursday 26, 14.00-16.00pm. 

April 10th, 2024

Black Ecologies/Black Geogrpahies Symposium

On April 10th, the Infrastructure Humanities Group and the Beniba Centre for Slavery Studies will be hosting a one-day symposium on Black Ecologies/Black Geographies. This will be a two-part event featuring Jayson Porter (University of Maryland), Victoria Okoye (University of Edinburgh), and Farai Chipato (University of Glasgow). In the morning, our three speakers will provide a masterclass for PGR students and scholars interested in Black studies methodologies. In this session, we will work through some pre-circulated readings to think about what sort of methodologies and analytics are made possible through these disciplinary subfields for the participants’ own research. The afternoon will follow with a roundtable discussion panel reflecting on the current work of the contributors and a more informal Q&A with participants.

If you are interested in attending please email henry.ivry@glasgow.ac.uk to confirm your spot.  

Location: TBC.

Time: 10.00-16.00pm.

 

December 14, 2023

Lecture by Dominic Davies, City, University of London.

The Broken Promise of Infrastructure

This talk will tackle the divisive cultural politics that have been used to distract from repeated broken promises on infrastructure over the past several decades. With examples that begin in Stoke-on-Trent and move outwards to other parts of Britain, the talk will dissect some of the “infrastructures of feeling” that still police the way we think about infrastructure before asking how we might reclaim its world-shaping force for ourselves.

Dom Davies is an academic and author whose work focuses on infrastructure, both as it is made through contexts of empire, nationalism, and racial capitalism, and as it is represented in literature and visual culture. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in English at City, University of London.

Location: Room 203, 10 University Gardens.

Time: 16.00-17.30pm.

 

November 23, 2023

Lecture by Professor Deborah Cowen, University of Toronto.  

“Everything but the last breath of the hog”: Infrastructure for the Apocalypse, and Beyond.

This talk takes an experimental journey from hospital to slaughterhouse, through logistics systems that both constitute and cut across colonial infrastructures and ecologies. We will make stops along the way, indexing fragments of ‘meat in motion’ to see how the logistification of killing is also a process of world, life and self-making. More than the invention of the “dis/assembly line” and the making of settler space economy through railroad colonialism, the logistics of the killing floor takes us on a journey along haunted rails, through racial borders of land, labor and the human, and through the social body into the singular human microbiome. This itinerary moves with that breath, that which both indexes and evades capture.

Deborah Cowen teaches in the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto. Deb’s work is concerned with the intimate life of war in ostensibly civilian spaces, the logistics of supply chain and racial capitalism, and the contested geographies of settler colonial infrastructure. The author of The Deadly Life of Logistics: Mapping Violence in Global Trade and Military Workfare: The Soldier and Social Citizenship in Canada, Deborah also co-edited War, Citizenship, Territory and Digital Life in the Global City: Contesting Infrastructures, and with Katherine McKittrick and Simone Browne co-edits the Duke University Press book series Errantries.

Location:  Room 492, New Adam Smith Business School.

Time: Thursday 23, 16.00-17.30pm.

Infrastructure Humanities Group
5 University Gardens
Glasgow G12 8QH