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Research Project

Logistics in the Making of Mobile Worlds

2020 – 2023
Strings of binary code, a row of shoppers with carts, a barge with shipping containers
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Key Question

Project Summary

This project seeks to use logistics as a lens through which to innovate new theories and methodological approaches for understanding the entangled nature of contemporary mobile worlds.

Research Team

Julie Chu

Julie Chu

Associate Professor of Anthropology and Social Sciences in the College; Associated faculty, Divinity School

University of Chicago

Julie Y. Chu is a sociocultural anthropologist with interests in mobility and migration, economy and value, ritual life, material culture, media and technology, and state regulatory regimes. Her book, Cosmologies of Credit: Transnational Mobility and the Politics of Destination in China...

Jennifer Cole

Jennifer Cole

Professor and Chair, Department of Comparative Human Development; Chair, Committee on African Studies

University of Chicago

Jennifer Cole is a social and cultural anthropologist whose work examines how personal change and individual development shape, and are shaped by, broader political, economic, and cultural transformations: the unruly terrain where person and history meet. Her research focuses on Africa –...

Harini Kumar

Harini Kumar

Postdoctoral Research Associate

M.S. Chadha Center for Global India, Princeton University

Harini Kumar is a postdoctoral research associate at the M.S. Chadha Center for Global India, Princeton University. She is a sociocultural anthropologist whose scholarship lies at the intersection of lived religion, kinship, gender, the built environment, and migration and mobility. Her doctoral...

Jack Mullee

Jack Mullee

Jack Mullee

PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology

University of Chicago

I am a sociocultural anthropologist specializing in the political semiotics of public sciences and technologies in Brazil. My dissertation examines recent developments in São Paulo universal health policy through the lens of "lean technicity", according to which I argue that expansive ideals...

Heangjin Park

Heangjin Park

Assistant Professor of Asian and Asian American Studies

Loyola Marymount University

Heangjin Park is a sociocultural anthropologist whose research explores the global circulation of commodities, industrial production and distribution of food, and nationalism in contemporary Northeast Asia. Based on his ethnographic research in a kimchi company in China, his book project...

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