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Living Arctic Infrastructures

How do Arctic infrastructures “live”? How does their extractive and appropriative logic do service to a rapidly changing world to come? Through both his own ethnographic studies and a documentary about workers at a hydroelectric power plant located on the far edge of Greenland's ice sheet, communication and cultural scholar Rafico Ruiz stresses the sets of relations created between the energetic imaginaries of large-scale technical infrastructures and global environmental change.

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Rafico Ruiz

University of Alberta

Rafico Ruiz is Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Sociology at the University of Alberta, Edmonton. He studies the relationships between mediation and social space, particularly in the Arctic and subarctic; the cultural geographies of natural resource engagements; and the philosophical and political stakes of infrastructural and ecological systems. His work appears in a number of journals and edited collections, including International Journal of Communication, Journal of Northern Studies, Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, and communication +1.