Intra-acting with the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, or; how the technosphere may come to matter

Thomson, J. and Engelmann, S. 2017. Intra-acting with the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, or; how the technosphere may come to matter. Anthropocene Review. 4 (2), pp. 81-91. doi:10.1177/2053019616683726

TitleIntra-acting with the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, or; how the technosphere may come to matter
AuthorsThomson, J. and Engelmann, S.
Abstract

This paper contends that a robust concept of the technosphere – indeed one that is truly adequate to the Anthropocene – must be approached using a plurality of methods that do not categorize agencies or rely on hierarchical scalar analysis. In this commentary, we draw from feminist science studies scholar Karen Barad’s philosophy of agential realism, and in particular her concept of ‘intra-action’, to identify the technosphere as emergent from entangled practices, sites and infrastructures, and to trace the technosphere from the ‘meso’ scale to subatomic and cosmological realms of force and energy. We demonstrate the value of a critical, intra-active approach to technical assemblages by thinking the technosphere concept with and within a vast experimental apparatus: the IceCube Neutrino Observatory.

Keywordsagency, cascade, entanglement, IceCube, intra-action, neutrino, scale, technosphere
Article number683726
JournalAnthropocene Review
Journal citation4 (2), pp. 81-91
ISSN2053-0196
Year2017
PublisherSage
Accepted author manuscriptIceCubeManuscript_AuthorsAcceptedVersion_ThomsonEngelmann.pdf
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1177/2053019616683726
Web address (URL)http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/2053019616683726
Publication dates
Published09 Jan 2017

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