Infrastructure and Emergency Powers Workshop

On Friday, May 12th, 2017, the Buell Center hosted a workshop on Infrastructure and Emergency Powers as a part of its research project entitled "Power: Infrastructure in America." As one initial line of inquiry, the Buell Center is interested in the way that infrastructural crises, often associated with economic distress and dispossession, articulate with the suspension of democratic institutions, as in the use of “emergency managers” in Flint, Detroit, and other municipalities. The closed-door workshop was organized to discuss key issues across disciplines, as well as intellectual and institutional strategies for studying these processes and drawing greater public attention to their implications. 

Participants included: Stephen Collier (International Affairs, New School, co-editor, Limn); Molly Cunningham (PhD candidate, Anthropology, University of Chicago); Lucas Owen Kirkpatrick (Urban Sociology, Southern Methodist University); Louise Seamster (Postdoctoral Fellow, Sociology, University of Tennessee); and Jason Stanley (Philosophy, Yale University).