Porting Infrastructure: Cartographies of Logistics Space
This talk explores the role of logistics infrastructure in the formation and contestation of settler colonial space. It takes the occasion of two key contemporary events – ‘Canada 150’ and the inauguration of the Canada Infrastructure Bank – to reflect on the role of transport and trade infrastructures in crafting violent relations between people and places.
Organized through a series of maps, all anchored in the port of Montreal, this exploratory talk engages a handful of sites and scenes in the making of national and urban space. Along the way, it interrogates the politics of finance, labour, state power and military force, through some of their defining technoscientific materialities. While infrastructures like the national railroad already figure centrally in official and critical accounts of Canadian nationhood, this investigation offers fresh insight into the politics and possibilities of porting in light of the resurgent investment in national infrastructures and national narratives, and their radical contestation.
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