University of Bath

Following the wires

Two academics from Brunel University of London discuss findings from a project looking at the impacts of electricity disruption on everyday life in Beirut.

21 Feb 20171.15pm
21 Feb 20172.00pm

Dr Maria Kastrinou, Lecturer in Anthropology and Dr Daniele Rugo, Senior Lecturer in Film discuss the findings from our first fieldwork trip in Lebanon for the project 'Following The Wires'.

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 will discuss the impact of these methodological interactions on research design, fieldwork and data analysis.

This public lecture is supported by the Conflict, Security & International Order research cluster.