New research on Infrastructure, Software and Labour

4 May 2015

“Logistical worlds: Infrastructure, Software, Labour” is the new research project of Brett Neilson,  Associate Professor and immediate past Director at the Centre for Cultural Research at University of Western Sydney. In the website of the study http://logisticalworlds.org/ you can find the scope, aims, concepts, and other information.

About the project

How to study China-led globalisation through infrastructural interventions? This question prompts the investigation of logistical operations that fabricate the emerging trade network known as the New Silk Road. Moving between software studies and geocultural analysis of labour regimes, the project tracks algorithmic arrangements of power across the tricontinental sites of Piraeus, Valparaíso and Kolkata. These are spaces of docking and interface, material flow and restriction, in which logistics antagonizes labour. The extraction of time and social life from populations underscores economies of measure. Whether understood through the techniques of supply chain management or the architecture of real-time computation, logistics materializes the abstractions of capital. Subjectivity and labour expose the power and vulnerability of logistical worlds.