Book Launch - Disenchanted Modernities. XIX Biennial IASC Conference - Nairobi

Book Launch - University of Nairobi - June 20 - 18.00 
XIX Biennial IASC Conference
 'The Commons We Want: IASC 2023. Nairobi, Kenya, June 19-24 
Mega-Infrastructure Projects (MIPs) represent a central element of globalized development. MIPs like the Chinese driven `Belt and Road Initiative' (BRI) include large-scale agrarian, road, rail, port and energy networks. They are complex ventures involving international capital and multiple stakeholders. `Disenchanted Modernities' presents 16 case studies showing that the promise of a sustainable modern development by MIPs leave many local users disenchanted: They don't profit form the MIPs but lose access to their resources often held in common. The book describes the strategies of states and companies as well as local responses to MIPs in Asia, Africa, Americas and Europe.
Tobias Haller is Extraordinary Professor in Social Anthropology at the Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Bern, Switzerland and lecturer at the ETH Zurich, Switzerland.
Samuel Weissman is a researcher at the Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Bern, Switzerland.
Table of Contents
1. Imposing the New Silk Road in a Contested Nation: The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, Belochistan
Province (Yuri Forster)
2. On the Margins of the Belt and Road. Commons Grabbing and Environmental Degradation on the Tibetan
Plateau ( Tenzin Dawa Kongpo and Stephy-Mathew Moozhiyil)
3. The Disenchantment of Mining and its Politics Machine: a Cautionary Tale from Mongolia (Troy
4. From Enchantment of Development to Disenchantment of Water Grabbing: the Deli-Mumbai Industrial
Corridor in Rajasthan, India (Marco Grogg)
5. Smart Cities, Smart Land Grabbing and Legal Pluralism: An MIP Case from Gujarat, India (Oliver
6. Unfulfilled Promises and Impacts of a Green Energy Enchantment: The Benban Solar Park in Egypt
(Anja Furger)
7. Manoeuvring Enchantment of Mega-Infrastructure Projects in Northern Kenya: LAPSSET and the Crude
Oil in Turkana County ( Benard Musembi Kilaka, Elisabeth Schubiger)
8. Fishing in Troubled Waters: the impacts of LAPSSET on the local fisheries in Lamu, Kenya (Flurina
9. “Whose Growth, Whose Loss?” The ‘Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania’ (SAGCOT) and
Impacts on Smallholders in Iringa District (Sandro Fiechter, Felix Gallauer Alves de Souza, Désirée Gmür,
Belinda Bösch)
10. ‘Dam(n)ing the Kuene River? Namibian Dam Resistance across Space and Time (Richard Meissner)
11. Small Project - Big Disaster: Large-Scale Problems within the Small-Scale Hydropower Project ‘San
José del Tambo’ in Ecuador (Hannah Plüss)
12. From Enchanted Alienation to Transformative Responses: Agro-industrial MIPs and Local Reactions
towards Reproduction of Life in Bolivia (Aymara Llanque, Marta Irene Mamani, Johanna Jacobi, Anja
13. When the Black Snake Crosses Sacred Land: The Dakota Access Pipeline and the Ontology of Protest in
North Dakota, USA (Anna Katharina Vokinger)
14. Storheia Wind Farm, Fosen Peninsula, Norway, Europe. Fighting against Windmills: Contested
Knowledge, Resilience Grabbing and the Feeling of History repeating itself in Storheia, Norway (Bettina
15. Pipelines, Flows and Roots: Power Struggles Over the Trans Adriatic Pipeline in Southern Italy (Antonio
Maria Pusceddu)
16.Walk to Resist: Contesting a Large-Scale Road Project in the City of Biel, Switzerland (Lucien
17. From Enchantment to Disenchantment and the new participatory politics of infrastructure development:
A conclusive comparison (Tobias Haller, Samuel Weisman)

Disenchanted Modernities

Mega-Infrastructure Projects, Socio-Ecological Changes and Local Responses

ISBN: 978-3-643-80378-8
Reihe: Action Anthropology/Aktionsethnologie , Bd. 3