Podcast: On the production of Piraeus’ information space | Andreas Makris in discussion with Sandro Mezzadra

RSE Saltire Early Career Fellowships

What can global spaces and infrastructure teach us about the current mutations in the relation between capital and sovereignty? How do heterogeneous actors and qualities of power work on each other in these spaces, producing peculiar yet fragile articulations? In what ways does information reproblematise the production and governance of the spatial?

Drawing on his recent research on the digitalisation and technological reconfiguration of the port of Piraeus in Greece, Andreas Makris interviews Sandro Mezzadra. Together they revisit some of the critical concepts that Sandro Mezzadra and Brett Neilson have produced in their fascinating work over the last decade, and reflect on the contemporary politics of logistical operations and infrastructure. The discussion is preceded by a short introduction that attempts to set the scene by narrating Piraeus’ complex arrangements and recent events.

The podcast is part of Andreas’ recent research project funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Entitled ‘Becoming-digital: Logistical media, territorial mutations and the production of information space in the port of Piraeus, Greece’, this project was awarded an RSE Saltire Early Career Fellowship and involved a placement at the University of Bologna.

Andreas Makris is a PhD student in the School of Geography and Sustainable Development at the University of St Andrews.

Sandro Mezzadra is a Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Bologna.

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