ANT is a kaleidoscope (Mol, 2010, p.261). If we pick it up and look at something, lets say for the sake of argument a High Speed Two railway project, how does that work?
It was time, last week, to crank up a long standing appointment I had with Bruno Latour. As my head was turning towards academic research activity, only and already two years ago now, I kept bumping into him.
As part of my initial scoping of railway history I found Greet De Block’s (2011) work on the development of the Belgian network in the nineteenth century to be a brilliant parallel and precedent to my own exploration of the London and Birmingham Railway and HS2 to follow. She presented a version of this paper at the Design History Society Networks of Design conference where Latour’s keynote speech (Latour, 2008) explicitly drew attention to the potential capability of the design discipline to address matters of concern. Continue reading