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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Kultur-, Sozial- und Bildungswissenschaftliche Fakultät - Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften


Wann 20.07.2017 von 18:00 bis 20:00 (Europe/Berlin / UTC200) iCal
Wo INV 118, R.410
Kontaktname Prof. Stephan-Emmrich

Who Steers the Wheel? Taxi Drivers and Bureaucratic Technologies in India and Senegal"


Technological progress is couched in and driven by the neo-liberal utopias of efficiency, transparency and financial profitability. However, when put into practice innovations frequently trigger tensions, as the Deus ex Machina inadvertently comes with one of bureaucracy’s main assignments: to depersonalise human relations by placing trust into the hands of a technology. Based on fieldwork among taxi drivers in urban India and Senegal, the presentation addresses old and new ways to organise taxi logistics, from handwritten waiting lists to mobile phone-based taxi-apps (OLA, UBER), asking how old and new bureaucratic technologies condition and mould social relations and what are the consequences of the same for the ethics of citizenship.


Dr Anandita Bajpai

Postdoctoral Fellow at the Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (DFG project Modern India in German Archives,1706-1989). Faculty at Department for South Asian Studies, IAAW.


Dr Peter Lambertz

Postdoctoral fellow in the Dakar-based research project "The Bureaucratisation of African Societies" of the German Historical Institute Paris (DHIP) and the Centre des recherches sur les politiques sociales, Dakar (CREPOS).