Infrastructuring Geographies: Histories and Presents in and of the Middle East and North Africa

  • Amina Nolte Justus Liebig University Gießen
  • Ezgican Özdemir
Keywords: materiality, infrastructure, Middle East, North Africa


The 10th issue of Middle East – Topics and Arguments engages with infrastructure studies from an interdisciplinary perspective. It presents different empirical cases and theoretical discussions that take infrastructural formations and their effects both to the center stage and as the analytical focus. In this editorial, we first discuss two epistemic locations from which infrastructure can be studied. Then, we highlight the featured authors and the way each of them make compelling cases through the lenses of material and social infrastructures in different MENA contexts. In light of these, we argue that infrastructures, as the material conditions of modern human life, have shaped and continue to shape geographical constructs of the Middle East and North Africa. Lastly, we call for further social and historical research to investigate how infrastructural systems as material and symbolic networks of imperial expansion and exploitation have contributed to the geographical and political entities that make up the construct called MENA.

How to Cite
Nolte, A., and E. Özdemir. “Infrastructuring Geographies: Histories and Presents in and of the Middle East and North Africa”. Middle East - Topics & Arguments, Vol. 10, June 2018, pp. 5-20, doi:10.17192/meta.2018.10.7794.