research

As an ethnographer I’m interested in relations. I see relations as at once my object of study, my method, and my invention. I seek to understand what counts as a relation (encompassing connections and disconnections), and I do so collaboratively by establishing new relations. I then set out to relate or describe the relation between these two sets of relations (including their specific geometries or shapes), often comparatively in relation to other ethnographic accounts, and in doing so I invent a series of new relations.

My research interests include digital anthropology, multispecies ethnography, ethnographic approaches to outer space, infrastructure, elemental media, experimentation, speculation, and the anthropology of science and technology.

I am currently working on two separate topics:

Ecology of capture: For my PhD I explore fog capture and emergent attunements to ground-touching clouds as a material possibility in coastal Peru. For this I have conducted 12 months of ethnographic research among residents, scientists, conservationists, and civil society associations, predominantly in Lima. Broadly, I ask what is catchable fog, how does it come about, and what does it do? What happens when fog is engaged as a catchable material possibility?

Infrastructuralizing outer space: I’m currently designing my next ethnographic project around Sweden’s national strategy to stengthen its infrastructural presence in outer space. Drawing together numerous local actors and the European Space Agency, these initiatives include the branding of one of Sweden’s northern cities as an ”outer space metropolis”, the expansion of the rocket-launching range Esrange, and the conjuring of outer space as a matter worthy of stronger public and governmental concern. I’m curious about what happens to social, political, and environmental relations when confronted by the extraterrestrial as an infrastructural phenomenon. See this post for more on this.

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A relation.