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Asta Vonderau

Drawing upon ethnographic data, this article investigates the effects of a new online campus management system in one of the largest universities in Germany. It shows the various ways in which this technological innovation influenced students', teachers' and administrative personnel's relations and everyday working practices and how it is influential in the reorganisation of university structures. The online management system is regarded as an important part of an emerging infrastructure of excellence, which materialises the changing understanding of qualitative studies and teaching. Findings show that the online management supports standardised and economised study, teaching and administrative practices and silences creativity and flexibility. However, these standardisations are negotiated and questioned by the actors involved.

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Cutting the Face

Kinship, State and Social Media Conflict in Networked Jordan

Geoffrey Hughes

masculinist and gerontocratic dynamics onto social media. I then examine what has happened as feuding and tribal conflict more generally move online, creating openings for new actors to emerge and create their own conflicts and publics using new technologies

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Capturing Crisis

Solar Power and Humanitarian Energy Markets in Africa

Jamie Cross

. ‘That's ok’, I told him. ‘Today, I'm not interested in how your technology works. I'm interested in how you sell it.’ Virgil was the West African business development manager for a French-owned solar company that I will call Le Sol. The solar lamp is a

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The Alimentary Forms of Religious Life

Technologies of the Other, Lenience, and the Ethics of Ethiopian Orthodox Fasting

Diego Malara

. In this article, I shall explore the nature of these shared efforts in order to ask the question, has a Foucauldian focus on ‘technologies of the self’ (see the introduction to this special section) caused us to overlook the significance of

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Fuelling Capture: Africa's Energy Frontiers

Michael Degani, Brenda Chalfin, and Jamie Cross

investments in fossil fuels and other extractive industries, including many of our own universities. Indeed, despite encouraging market signals for renewable technologies and, more importantly, calls for and experiments in decarbonization, 2019 emitted record

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Crafting Spaces of Value

Infrastructure, Technologies of Extraction and Contested Oil in Nigeria

Omolade Adunbi

materials and technology, I show how such refineries represent an emergent form of energy capture that transforms the creeks of the Niger Delta into islands of carbon sale and challenge state and corporate power. This form of capture, I suggest, is embedded

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For a New Materialist Analytics of Time

Laura Bear

divination has attuned it to the ways in which projections of the future are ethical claims in uncertainty ( Malinowski 1935 ). Our discipline offers a rich analytics of projections of the future, what Sneath et al. call technologies of imagination ( Sneath

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‘Coming To Look Alike’

Materializing Affinity in Japanese Foster and Adoptive Care

Kathryn E. Goldfarb

. Recognition as kinship is aided by what I term ‘kinship technologies’, that is, culturally and historically specific engagements with signs of relatedness through which people understand kinship as such. I argue here and elsewhere ( Goldfarb 2012 ) that in

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Uneasy Entanglements

Solar Energy Development in Zanzibar

Erin Dean

projects. The parts were not manufactured locally, so replacement and repair parts were difficult and expensive to get. Perhaps most significantly, these solar instalment projects put the technology in place but did not train local people to maintain or

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The Ontological Turn

Taking Different Worlds Seriously

Andrew Pickering

nonhuman world we all inhabit. There’s nothing very disturbing there after all. But in the twenty-first century, the social constructivist consensus has broken down, and both anthropology and science and technology studies (STS) have taken an ontological