Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

Following The Wires

Dr Daniele Rugo, Senior Lecturer in Film at Brunel University London

21 February 2017

About the seminar

Dr Daniele Rugo

Dr Daniele Rugo


In this seminar Dr Daniele Rugo discussed the findings from her first fieldwork trip in Lebanon for the project 'Following The Wires', funded through the AHRC/ESRC Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research.

Combining filmmaking, sociology and anthropology, this project follows the wires that crisscross the skyline and buildings of Beirut to articulate the impacts of electricity disruption on everyday life. The electricity infrastructure and the responses to its failures will serve as a lens to make sense of the lived and material legacy of the conflicts that have affected Beirut. Discrepancies in access to energy will be used to articulate the lasting impact of conflicts on everyday lives and the urban environment.

One of the primary outcomes of the project is the production of a feature-length documentary film. Structured around a set of characters and their everyday interactions with the networks of electricity supply, the documentary will pay equal attention to interactions between subjects and to the material infrastructures that are entangled in these interactions. The film will rely on the metaphorical richness of electricity as a symbol of modernity and urbanisation to capture how the disruption of electricity evokes a larger failure.

Since 'Following The Wires' builds on innovative approaches from visual methodologies, the seminar discussed the impact of these methodological interactions on research design, fieldwork and data analysis.

About the speaker

Dr Daniele Rugo is Senior Lecturer in Film at Brunel University London. His research interests are in documentary practice, film-philosophy and world cinema. He is the author of two books: Philosophy and the Patience of Film (2016), Jean-Luc Nancy and the Thinking of Otherness (2013) and is editing a volume on American filmmaker James Benning (forthcoming with EUP, 2017).