Just Powers Podcast

S3E6 – Disposition, in Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space

This episode features a reading of Chapter 2 from Keller Easterling’s 2014 book Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space, published by Verso Books. In this book, Easterling offers an understanding of infrastructure as the hidden substrate — or binding medium — through which standards and ideas are shared between bodies. For Easterling, then, the notion… Read more

S3E5 – The Infrastructure of Intimacy

In this episode we read Ara Wilson’s article “The Infrastructure of Intimacy”, published by Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society in Winter 2016. Bringing together intimacy and infrastructure, this article explores the ways in which infrastructures are involved in social relations and, in many cases, shape the conditions for relational life. “This essay… Read more

S3E4 – Feminist Hackerspace as a Place of Infrastructure Production

In this episode we read Selena Savic and Stefanie Wuschitz’s article “Feminist Hackerspace as a Place of Infrastructure Production”, which was published in 2018 by Ada A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology (issue number 13). In this article, Savic and Wuschitz approach the question of infrastructure by taking a critical stand towards feminist… Read more

S3E3 – The commons: Infrastructures for troubling times

In this episode we read “The commons: Infrastructures for troubling times” by Lauren Berlant. This article was published in the 2016 (Volume 34) edition of Society and Space, an international and interdisciplinary scholarly and political project hosted by SAGE Journals. In this essay, Lauren Berlant provides a concept of structure for transitional times, with the… Read more

S3E2 – Infrastructures of Empire and Resistance

In this episode we read Deborah Cowen’s 2017 article “Infrastructures of Empire and Resistance”, which was published on January 25, 2017 on the Verso Books Blog. In this article, Cowen explores the issue of infrastructure by focusing on how relations of power and of force rely on socio-technical systems, including infrastructural systems, which are themselves… Read more

S3E1 – Infrastructure, Infra-politics

For our first episode in Series III, we are excited to share an excerpt from Angela Mitropoulos’ 2012 book Contract & Contagion: From Biopolitics to Oikonomia titled “Infrastructure, Infra-politics.” In this short excerpt, Mitropoulos positions infrastructure as an infra-political question of how affinities take shape, or not. Or as she puts it, “[i]nfrastructure is the… Read more

S2E6 – Materializing Climate Change

In this episode we will be reading Dr. Nicole Shukin’s 2015 article “Materializing Climate Change: Image of Exposure, States of Exception”. This text is included in the edited collection Material Cultures in Canada, edited by Thomas Allen and Jennifier Blair, and published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press in 2015. Material Cultures in Canada presents the vibrant… Read more

S2E5 – Chainsaw: Theory and Practice

This Read and Record episode features a performative readings of the zine “Chainsaw: Theory and Practice” by Catherine Lavoie-Marcus in complicity with non-disciplinary artist Johanna Householder. Originally published in 2017 as part of the Viva! Art Action Festival  in Montreal and inspired by Householder’s performance work, the zine presents a conversation on the counter-usage of… Read more

S2E4 – Performing Sovereignty

In this episode we will be reading “Performing Sovereignty: Forces to be Reckoned With” by Dr. Carla Taunton. This text is included in the edited collection More Caught in the Act: An Anthology of Performance Art by Canadian Women, edited by Johanna Householder and Tanya Mars, and published by Artexte in 2016. More Caught in the… Read more

S2E3 – Choreographies of Collaboration

This episode features a Read & Record of Liz Miller and Martin Allor’s 2016 essay “Choreographies of collaboration: Social engagement in interactive documentaries”, from Volume 10, Issue 1 of the journal ‘Studies in Documentary Film’ (Taylor & Francis). In this text, the authors engage in a series of in-depth conversations with socially engaged Canadian directors,… Read more