Infrastructure as Archive: Recording the State’s Materiality along the Brahmaputra

Mirza Zulfiqur Rahman, Edward Kieran Boyle

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


This piece introduces the notion of infrastructure as archive in order to think through the manifold ways in which the banks of the Brahmaputra have been built up over time. It analyses the role of infrastructure in the politics of imagination, and it understands the presence of infrastructural projects as an archive, a repository documenting state interventions over time, open to being examined and re-examined, deployed and redeployed in the service of future interventions. The images illustrate the state’s infrastructural presence in the life of the Brahmaputra and demonstrate how we should see the material record of state hydraulic interventions in this borderland region as an archive.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)60-67
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2021


Dive into the research topics of 'Infrastructure as Archive: Recording the State’s Materiality along the Brahmaputra'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this