research

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

I’m 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 becomes engaged as a catchable material possibility? Read the full abstract here.

On/off Earth infrastructures: I’m currently designing my next ethnographic project around Sweden’s national strategy to stengthen its infrastructural presence in outer space. Drawing together various 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 enactment 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.

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Esrange, northern Sweden.