VITAL is co-hosting seminar on Appropiating Technologies: The Political Economy and Routinization of Artefacts and Devices – University of Copenhagen

21 September 2018

VITAL is co-hosting seminar on Appropiating Technologies: The Political Economy and Routinization of Artefacts and Devices

The seminar will center on the different ways in which technologies come to be appropriated in everyday life: How can anthropological approaches contribute to the study of how specific technologies are developed, adapted, routinized or appropriated? Technologies are ubiquitous in people’s lives, from the credit cards used in countless daily transactions to water infrastructures, domestic appliances and medical technologies that enable people to live with chronic diseases. Whether imbricated into practices of cleanliness, sustenance, health, nourishment, livelihood, sustainability, connecting or indeed enjoyment, technologies – understood as artefacts and devices created to enlarge people’s powers and capacities – can be both enduring and increasingly specialized or ‘smart’. Once available, new technologies can be rejected, accepted or retooled in different ways.

The seminar will focus on routes of routinization in different technological fields – e.g. trading, energy, telecommunications, food, welfare, health and medicine, water, housing or transportation. The goal of our seminar is to locate localized interactions with and appropriations of technologies by persons and communities within broader structures, hegemonies, and inequalities of power, production, distribution and consumption across different scales,

Read more about the seminar here