Wednesday, 02 November 2022

BICC International Conference \ Infrastructural power at global frontiers

On 29 November 2022, BICC held its Annual Conference entitled “Infrastructural power at global frontiers: prospects for conflict and peace”.

How are we to understand conflicts around infrastructural mega-developments in global frontier spaces? Can infrastructures forge peace? Large infrastructure corridors integrate ports, roads and railways with agricultural lands, energy systems and tourism spaces in remote areas. Infrastructural mega-plans like the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative are globally discussed, yet their local imprint is often overlooked, and local populations tend to be rendered invisible. Planners project frontier spaces as “empty”. Brochures of prospectors and investors do not mention the contestations connected to the implementation of such schemes. Grand projects stir high hopes and deep-seated fears among the residents in the infrastructure corridors.

The conference asked how we are to understand conflicts surrounding infrastructural mega-developments in global frontier spaces – and how these infrastructures may also be used to forge peace. For this purpose, BICC brought together 90 international academics from various disciplines and practitioners, policymakers and activists. 

Conference programme

A conference documentation will be published soon.