Curious Utopias: Large and Small Blueprints for Human Society

Welcome to our workshop and keynote lecture with Professor James Ferguson,  Stanford University.

Poster event

The workshop and lecture is sponsored by the European Research Council Horizon 2020 programme. Please register with the link below for the keynote lecture «Rightful Shares and the Claims of Presence: Distributive Politics beyond Labor and Citizenship» (open to the public). Attendance to the workshop is by invitation only.

Program and Attendance at Keynote Lecture

The Keynote lecture «Rightful Shares and the Claims of Presence: Distributive Politics beyond Labor and Citizenship» will be delivered by Prof. James Ferguson, Stanford  University on the 6th September, 2019 in Blindern campus at Georg Sverdrups Hus, (Stort møterom) from 0915-1045 am.

Everyone can register for this event. (If you are also attending the workshop, you do not need to sign up here. Please see information about workshop below)

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Bio James Ferguson:

James Ferguson is the Susan S. and William H. Hindle Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences, and Professor in the Department of Anthropology. His research has focused on southern Africa (especially Lesotho, Zambia, South Africa, and Namibia), and has engaged a broad range of theoretical and ethnographic issues. Recent work has explored the surprising creation and/or expansion (both in southern Africa and across the global South) of social welfare programs targeting the poor, anchored in schemes that directly transfer small amounts of cash to large numbers of low-income people. His work aims to situate these programs within a larger “politics of distribution,” and to show how they are linked to emergent forms of distributive politics in contexts where new masses of “working age” people are supported by means other than wage labor. In this context, new political possibilities and dangers are emerging, even as new analytical and critical strategies are required. His book on this topic (Give a Man a Fish: Reflections on the New Politics of Distribution) was published in 2015.

Program and Attendance Workshop and Keynote Lecture

Our workshop is by invitation only. The keynote lecture is included in the workshop. Please contact Cynthia Khamala Wangamati for registration form to the full event.

Program

6. September

Georg Sverdrups hus

University of Oslo

0830-0900

Coffee and registration for workshop participants

Place: Møterom (Workshop venue)

0915-1045

Keynote Lecture "Rightful Shares and Claims of Presence: Distributive Politics beyond Labour and Citizenship".

By Professor James Ferguson, Stanford University. Place: Stort Møterom

1045-1115

COFFE BREAK

Place: Møterom 1

1115-1145

Welcome and Introductary remarks

1115-1145

1145-1315

SESSION ONE: TECHNO-UTOPIAS

Chair: Richard Rottenburg (WITS Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of the Witwatersrand)

 

Knowledge/Seizure. Data, Debt, & the Zero Balance Economy

Kevin P. Donovan (University of Edinburgh) and Emma Park (New School for Social Research)

 

Leapfrogging all the way to utopia: New digital technologies and the public good in Africa

Thomas Neumark (University of Oslo)

 

Money for Nothing, Work for Love: Universal Basic Income, Post-Work Utopias, and the Ongoing Centrality of Wage Labour

Liz Fouksman (University of Oxford)

 

DISCUSSION

 

1315-1415

LUNCH

 

1415-1545

SESSION TWO - DATA, DEVICES, DESIGNS

Chair: Katerini Storeng (University of Oslo)

 

Shacktopia:  The Meantime Future of Humanitarian Design

Peter Redfield (University of North Caroline, Chapel Hill)

 

Policy as Experiment. Towards an analysis of the role of critique and feedback loops for iterative learning

Ursula Rao (University of Leipzig)

 

The diagnostic gap: devices/networks/coverage’

Alice Street (University of Edinburgh)

 

DISCUSSION

 

1545-1615

COFFE BREAK

 

1615-1730

SESSION THREE - ECOLOGIES/BIOLOGIES

Chair: Knut Nustad (University of Oslo)

 

The Nectar of Life: Agrarian ferments and the utopian impulse of Natural Farming (India)

Daniel Münster (University of Cologne/University of Heidelberg)

 

Immunitary Utopias and Hepatitis B Environments

Noémi Tousignant (University College London)

 

DISCUSSION

 

1900-

DINNER

 

7. September

Georg Sverdrups hus

University of Oslo

0930-1200

SESSION FOUR – CITIZENSHIP

 

Chair: Ursula Münster, University of Oslo

 

"Financialisation without welfare, Identification without citizenship: biometric programmes in contemporary Nigeria." 

Keith Breckenridge (University of Witwatersrand)

 

The Utopia of Global Citizenship: Selling passports in Cyprus

Theodoros Rakopoulos (University of Oslo)

 

COFFE BREAK

 

 

Hopeful living: citizenship, resilience and the crisis of healthcare disparities in Kenya

 

Victoria Jacinta Muinde (University of Oslo)

 

A politics of numbers: Registering citizens for Universal Health Coverage in Kenya

Ruth J. Prince (University of Oslo)

 

DISCUSSION

 

1200-1330

LUNCH

 

1330-1500

SESSION FIVE - ABSENT UTOPIAS?

Chair: Ruth Prince (University of Oslo)

 

Achieving universal health coverage in rural Zambia: utopian and dystopian visions in the development of a community health worker programme

James Wintrup (University of Oslo)

 

‘When People Eat Shit’: Cholera and the Collapse of Zimbabwe’s Public Health Infrastructure

 

Simukai Chigudu (University of Oxford)

 

Absent Utopias in Ghanaian healthcare: Independence, Alma Ata, and the Information Age, 1957-2019

David Bannister (University of Oslo)

 

DISCUSSION

 

 

COFFE BREAK

 

1500-1600

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION – CURIOUS UTOPIAS

 

Discussants: Professor Richard Rottenburg, (WITS Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of the Witwatersrand) will act as discussant.

For each session we will also allocate discussants from the presenters/participants. Workshop papers will be circulated in advance among presenters/discussants.

 

Presenters:

1.            Keith Breckenridge

2.            Noemi Tousignant

3.            Theodoros Rakopoulos

4.            Peter Redfield         

5.            Kevin Donovan     

6.            Simuaki Chigudu

7.            Alice street

8.            Ursula Rao

9.            James Ferguson

10.         Richard Rottenburg

11.          Victoria Muinde

12.         David Bannister

13.          Tom Neumark

14.         James Wintrup

15.         Ruth Jane Prince

16.         Daniel Münster

17.          Liz Fouksman

 

Chairs:

Richard Rottenburg (WITS Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of the Witwatersrand) rottenburg@lost-research-group.org

Knut Nustad (Social Anthropology, University of Oslo) k.g.nustad@sai.uio.no

Ursula Münster (Environmental Humanities, University of Oslo), ursula.munster@ikos.uio.no

Katerini Storeng (SUM – Centre for Development and the Environment, UiO),

katerini.storeng@sum.uio.no

About the Event

New forms of welfare and social protection – such as Universal Health Coverage and Universal Basic Income – have societal and global ambitions regarding coverage and scale, even while what they actually offer in terms of welfare or healthcare is extremely limited.The failure of large-scale projects, denounced as ‘utopian’, is often invoked as explanation for the recent fascination with small-scale, miniature and scaled down solutions to world problems.

This workshop will bring together anthropologists and historians to interrogate the apparent contradictions within these developments.We will attend to large and small utopias, their limitations and possibilities, hopes and failures; their engagements with policies and social movements, publics, markets and states, as well as the other political forms and social collectives that they support, subvert or ignite.

Organizer

Associate Professor Ruth Prince,

Universal Health Coverage and the Public Good in Africa

Contact: Cynthia Khamala Wangamati

Published Aug. 9, 2019 9:49 AM - Last modified Aug. 15, 2019 9:33 AM