The (ontological) politics of fog capture

A significant part of my PhD fieldwork in coastal Peru was spent with a geographer whom I call Sergio. Over a period of several months, Sergio tried to get at the locations in Lima’s peripheries where fog was such that it could be captured and contained as volumes of water. In this article, I describe aspects of this work, reflect on the ontological politics of fog, and draw some conclusions on the politics of fog oasis ecosystem conservation in Lima. The text is available online on Anthropology Today’s website. The abstract goes like this:

“Fog oasis conservationists in Lima attend to fog as a material possibility for capturing and enfolding in infrastructures of reforestation. Yet, their efforts become deliberately obstructed by the informal squatters whom conservationists perceive to threaten these ecosystems. Fog capture thus raises questions not only about the relation between infrastructure and environment but also the urban inequalities that must be addressed for such more‐than‐human relations to become differently configured.”