Prof. dr. sc. Stephanie C. Kane (Sveučilite Indiana, Bloomington, SAD) održala je 13. svibnja 2015. godine predavanje pod naslovom “The Ethnography of Flood Control Infrastructure in Winnipeg, Manitoba“.
Stephanie C. Kane is a cultural anthropologist and ecologist, professor at the Department of International Studies, School of Global and International Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA. She received her PhD in social anthropology and MA in zoology at the University of Texas, Austin, USA. Her fieldwork and writing addresses a range of justice issues. She has published several books: Where Rivers Meets the Sea: The Political Ecology of Water (2012), The Phantom Gringo Boat: Shamanic Discourse and Development in Panama (2004, 1994), (edited with P. Parnell) Crime’s Power: Anthropologists and the Ethnography of Crime (2003), AIDS Alibis: Sex, Drugs and Crime in the Americas (1998).
In the center of the North American continent, the city of Winnipeg sets at the confluence of two rivers in a vast flood bowl tilting towards the Arctic. Of the unique geological realms shaping the city’s urban surface, scraping and melting glaciers are most prominent. Their interweaving aquatic remnants—lakes, marshes, rivers—succumb to and resist 21st century humans’ attempt to predict, prevent and control the unstable margins of expanding and contracting prairielands. Based on ethnographic fieldwork in the fall of 2014, Kane analyzes how Winnipeggers build and operate infrastructure to control geohydrological flows by incorporating technical traditions in a wider infrastructural culture.