Events Jan-July, 2022

February 4th: I will be giving a talk at the Anthropology Deparment, Univeristy of Michigan titled, How to wonder with techno-legal devices? Lists, Taxonomies, and the Making of a Future History in Costa Rica. This talk was part of a two-event visit that went online due to Omicron.

Ferbruary 7th: Veins, plumes, and mantles: the slippery form of subterranean water movement in Costa Rica, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

March 14th: I will be sharing my ongoing work as part of the Sense Colloquium Series organized by the Anthropology Department at the University of Pennsylvania. Talk: Plumes: Making sense of form and responsibility in underground worlds.

March 22nd: En celebración del Día Mundial del Agua, estaré con mis colegas del SENARA en Costa Rica, así como con Manuel Tironi, Pablo Aguilera del Castillo, y Sonia Castro. Mi charla se titula: Los acuíferos como formaciones hidro-geo-sociales.

April 26th: More new work, this talk develops the concept of trusts as a political and economic device. Excited to get some of this work out in the world. The talk is titled Nature, Trusts, and Flickering Frontiers and will be delivered at the Institutskolloquium at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Goethe University Frankfurt. This paper will be part of a Special Issue that I am working on with Dr. Andrea Muehlebach, titled What is a financial frontier?

May 13th: I am very excited to speak at the Water and Value Conference organized by colleagues at the University of Glasgow. They are setting up a water research cluster that promises to be excellent. My talk: Veins and Plumes: water and responsibility within underground worlds.

June 22nd: Another new paper, I decided to push myself to formally articulate my framing thoughts for the project I am working on. The paper is titled Aquifers: Ethnography at the Edge of a Concept, and I am lucky to present it at the Fixing the Future Series organized by the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology, Goethe University Frankfurt.

July 1-2: My new project includes a mapping component. I am trying to be very deliberate and careful as to why I am doing this. I will have a chance to share my thoughts and get feedback from colleagues at the University of Bremen. My presentation will be titled Slowly Approaching Mapping Desires: graphic attempts within underground worlds.

Previous Events:

Sept. 22, 2021. Conferencia en el CIHAC-Universidad de Costa Rica. Voy a estar conversando con colegas del Centro de Investigaciones en HIstoria de America Central sobre A Future History of Water (Duke 2019). El titulo de la charla es: Una Historia Futura del Agua desde el Asombro y los DIspositivos Técnico-Jurídicos, sera a las 4pm y se pueden conectar a traves del CIHAC, detalles a traves de su Facebook.

Sept. 26 / 27, 2021. I will be occupying two time zones while sharing with colleagues at the Australian National University some of my ongoing work. At 9 pm Costa Rica time, I will speak about Aquifers, Science, and the potential for Post-Extractivist Imaginaries. All log in info is here

Oct. 6-9, 2021. Is the 4S 2021 meeting on Good Relations: Practices and Methods in Unequal and Uncertain Worlds. I will be discussant on a set of really promising papers on Water Governance and will be presenting my own research on Plumes as Techno-Scientific figures. I will be part of a panel titled What do we talk about when we talk about depth? The preliminary program is here.

Oct. 15-16, 2021. Will be attending a workshop at Indiana University organized by the brilliant Jessica O’Reilly and Ilana Gershon. The workshop examines the project as a figure of social organization. I will be workshopping really new work on projects, trusts, and water.

Oct. 26, 2021. A super exciting roundtable in preparation for the 2022 Sydney Biennale around rīvus(stream), Organized by Juan Francsico Salazar at Western Sydney U, I will be in conversation with Macarena Gomez Barris and Astrida Neimanis.

Nov. 16, 2021. I will be delivering a talk through the STS and Human Rights series organized by Eden Medina at MIT. You can register for the talk here.

Nov. 17-21, 2021. Is the annual American Anthropological Association Meetings, this year in Baltimore. I am involved in so many fantastic panels. Will tweet about each of them. I will be presenting work on prediction, asking what kind of predictive instrument might a Vulnerability Matrix for Aquifer Protection be. Program for the whole conference available here

Nov. 2021. Weekly I will be joining the course on Teoría de la Arquitectura, taught by Valeria Guzman Verri at the University of Costa Rica. We will be working with students on the connections between drawing and hydro-geo-social formations. This is an experiment of its time. Taught via Zoom, rather than in a physical studio, and working against the background of teaching during the pandemic in Costa Rica. We’ll have a public discussion of the results in December.

Dec. 2, 2021. Estare conversando con Valeria Guzman sobre el dibujo, el espacio subterráneo, y los experimentos pedagógicos. Vamos a reflexionar sobre el encuentro de la arquitectura y la antropología y sobre nuestra experiencia acercando nuestras disciplinas a través de temas de interés compartidos.