Session 3: Saturday, June 2nd: 2:00 - 3:50pm
Large, imposed, infrastructure projects are a driving force of climate change. They are also a necessary component of our response to rising sea levels and changing weather patterns. Physical infrastructure has very visible, material effects: it holds water, changes the landscape, moves oil, sprouts leaks and poisons water. But a mere analysis of infrastructure-as-object conceals more than it illuminates. A closer examination of pipelines in Canada and Lebanon, real estate driven flood infrastructure in coastal Florida, and the legal response to the Dakota Access Pipeline protests reveals the economic, historical, political and racial relations that are embedded in and reproduced by these technologies for stopping floods and transporting fuel. Furthermore, the responses to the power structures articulated through infrastructure--occupations, sabotage--suggest a critique that exceeds the limits of environmentalism proper and strategies that would confront this political-economic behemoth at its point of production, whether that is the pipeline or the red line. (Zack Culyer) Work, Staging, and Sabotage: Perceptibility and the Trans-Arabian Pipeline. (Rosalind Donald) Combined and Uneven Real Estate Development: Miami' Segregation Driven Climate Change Response. (R.H. Lossin) Critical Infrastructure Sabotage: Protecting Property and Suppressing Speech. (Troy Vettese) Black Snake in the Grass: The Political Economy of Pipelines.