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Funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Graduate Institute for Design, Ethnography & Social Thought at the New School incubates advanced transdisciplinary research and practice at the intersection of social theory and design and fosters dialogue on related themes across the university.

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Antina von Schnitzler

Antina von Schnitzler is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate Program of International Affairs at The New School. Her work focuses on citizenship and political subjectivities, the anthropology of infrastructure and technology, colonialism and postcoloniality, and South Africa.

ANTINA von SCHNITZLER is Assistant Professor in the Graduate Program of International Affairs at The New School. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Columbia University. Her research has focused on citizenship and political subjectivities, the anthropology of infrastructure and technology, liberalism and neoliberalism, colonialism and postcoloniality, and South Africa.

As a GIDEST faculty fellow, Antina will be completing the manuscript of her new book, Democracy’s Infrastructure: Neoliberalism, Techno­Politics and Citizenship after Apartheid. Focused on a large, controversial infrastructure project to install prepaid water meters in all Soweto households, the book explores how administrative connections to the state — fiscal, infrastructural and judicial — become sites at which central questions of the anti-­apartheid struggle continue to be mediated and negotiated in apartheid’s wake. In historically and ethnographically tracking life of a small technology a prepaid meter the book explores multiple entanglements of ethics, politics, and technics to think anew about politics in the postcolony and beyond.

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