Dreamscapes and Datascapes: Maintaining a Dreamstate by Ignoring the Situatedness of an Information Infrastructure

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Drawing on fieldwork in a transnational Fortune 50 finance sector company's environmental management team, this paper attends to the transformation of the company's environmental accounting infrastructure. I analyse ethnographic vignettes of situations in which environmental agents interact with financial data strategists, rendering expectations, dreams and limits of dreams mutually accountable. I am interested exploring how environmental agents socio-technically achieved to maintain dreaming of particular improvements that they were looking for in the transformation, whilst data strategists offered wake-up calls, disillusioning the dream. Conceptually, I explore Verran's take on metaphysical commitments in ontic & ontological politics in relation to the role of ignorance in reality-making. Politically, this analysis raises concerns about how the maintenance of the environmental agents' dreaming may prefigure erroneous environments, sustaining unsustainability.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
Publikationsdato2016
StatusUdgivet - 2016
BegivenhedDanish STS Conference 2016 - Aarhus University, Aarhus, Danmark
Varighed: 2 jun. 20163 jun. 2016
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KonferenceDanish STS Conference 2016
LokationAarhus University
Land/OmrådeDanmark
ByAarhus
Periode02/06/201603/06/2016
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