Amelia Hassoun

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My research analyzes the Singapore government’s production of Singapore as the world’s first ‘smart city’. I ask: for whom is the smart city smart? How does a government imagine and materially enact a future city through its urban landscape, and how do residents engage and rework these imagined futures? How do these technologically-driven future-making attempts shape existing social relations and residents’ bodies, and how are they shaped by them? I theorise urban spaces as loci of future imaginaries and utopian visions, exploring how cities are materially and imaginatively built. Resisting a unilinear state-directed narrative, I study how residents’ tactile engagements with Singapore’s carefully imagined and designed urban infrastructure shape Singapore’s technologised future. Through extended ethnographic engagement in the rapidly changing Singaporean city-space, specifically the regulated public housing complexes in which over 80% of Singaporeans live (Chua 2009), I study how future-making is a material and inhabited process.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • MA: Sociocultural Anthropology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • MSc: Digital Anthropology, University College London, London, UK.
  • BA: Anthropology, Yale University, New Haven, CT.

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