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June 21st, 2016 by: Debjani Bhattacharya

Manufactured Landscapes: Law and Hydraulics in the Bengal Delta

The island is called Talpatty in Bangladesh and New Moore in India. Claimed by both countries, this uninhabited island is part of a water-border-complex and the flashpoint of conflict over territoriality, sovereignty, and ownership rights within a new economic regime created by the various continental shelf enactments of the past decades.[1] This land-sea-scape was formed…

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June 1st, 2016 by: Scott Knowles

Deferred Maintenance: The American Disaster Multiplier

Construction is a sacred rite in American life—it demonstrates vision.[1]  In the rise of suburban developments, the flow of cars on an expressway, and the glimmer of skylines it embodies democracy. At the same time, the willingness, the compulsion even, to build homes and infrastructure in difficult terrains defines the American construction boom of the…

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June 1st, 2016 by: Vivek Kant

The Human as a System Component in Nuclear Installations: Jens Rasmussen and High-Risk Systems, 1961–1983

In 1976, the Danish engineer, Jens Rasmussen[1], was well aware that his approach to studying human performance in high-risk technological contexts was breaking new ground. He commented wryly, “When entering a study of human performance in real-life tasks one rapidly finds oneself ‘rushing in where angels fear to tread’. It turns out to be a…

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September 1st, 2015 by: Laura Ann Twagira

Interrogating the “Machine” and Women’s Things

When I[1] interviewed Mariam “Mamu” Coulibaly in Kankan (Mali, West Africa) about women’s work in the early twentieth century she told me about a labor intensive cooking process that involved farming, collecting and processing spices, pounding grains, and finally combining all those ingredients in the cooking pot.[2]  Her description was echoed by other elderly women…

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Techno-Histories in Mozambique: A Photographic Story Article

September 1st, 2015 by: Drew Thompson

Techno-Histories in Mozambique: A Photographic Story

A person (Figure 1) dressed in fatigues has his back to the camera (that is photographing the scene) and stands in a living room. The pictured subjects (five of whom are in the frame) appear to direct their attention towards another male figure that stands in the frame slightly off center, revealing two figures with…

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September 1st, 2015 by: Jennifer Hart

Automobility, Technopolitics, and African Histories of Technology-in-Use in Twentieth Century Ghana

On May 31, 1940, the President of the Accra Town Council (ATC) wrote to the Colonial Secretary, complaining that “pirate passenger lorries” were plying the roads between the Gold Coast’s capital, Accra, and the eastern suburb of Labadi.  A heavily traveled route, the road between Labadi and Accra was used to seeing lorry traffic.  Labadi…

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