Little Development Devices / Humanitarian Goods

    November 2017: This issue examines the profusion of micro-technologies in the worlds of humanitarianism and development, and the tremendous intellectual energy, resources, and moral ambition that animate them.

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    Hacks, Leaks and Breaches

    February 2017: Every day brings news of a major hack, leak, or breach. No one is immune to the flood of data dumps, infiltrations, and hacks. From the hacking of elections to the surveillance of dissidents, hacks and hackers are transforming our world, creating new collectives and challenging our definitions of security, activism, and politics.

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    Public Infrastructures / Infrastructural Publics

    July 2016: Issue 7 explores new formations of infrastructure, publicness, and expertise in the early 21st century. How do experts conceive publics, and make claims in their name? What new demands are publics making on experts? And how are earlier norms and techniques of infrastructure provisioning being adapted in the process?

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    The Total Archive

    March 2016: Vast accumulations saturate our world: phone calls and emails stored by security agencies; every preference of every individual collected by advertisers; ID numbers, and maybe an iris scan, for every Indian; hundreds of thousands of whole genome sequences; seed banks of all existing plants, and of course, books... all of them. Just what is the purpose of these optimistically total archives, and how are they changing us?

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    Ebola's Ecologies

    January 2015: How has the 2014 Ebola outbreak put the norms, practices, and institutional logics of global health into question? What new assemblages are being forged in its wake? What are the ambitions and the limits of humanitarian medical response? Has it changed the contemporary organization of global health security? Are new models of biotechnical innovation being established?

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    Food Infrastructures

    May 2014: Issue four addresses scale in food production, provision, and consumption, beyond the simple producer “push” or consumer “pull” accounts. Instead we focus on the work that connects producers to consumers. Contributors examine the reciprocal relationships among consumer choice, personal use, and the socio-material arrangements that enable and constrain our everyday food options. Read the Issue...

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    Sentinel Devices

    June 2013: The polar ice cap rapidly recedes; colonies of honeybees collapse in alarming numbers; androgynous fish are detected in rivers and streams. These reports not only describe recent events, but also function as signs of an ominous and rapidly encroaching future.

    In issue number three of Limn we focus on how this future makes its appearance in the present.


    Clouds and Crowds

    March 2012: From the power and politics of statistics and algorithms to crowdsourcing’s discontents to the capriciousness of collectives in an election; from the focus group and the casino to the worlds of micro-finance and data-intensive policing. Read more …


    Systemic Risk

    January 2011: A central topic of expert discussion and political debate amidst the financial crisis, but also across many other domains in which catastrophic threats loom – including internet security, supply chain management, catastrophe insurance, and critical infrastructure protection... Read more …

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    Prototyping Prototyping

    Before there was LIMN, there were several different prototypes... Read more …

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Hacks, Leaks and Breaches, the eighth issue of Limn

2016 ended with the most high profile hacks in history. Presidential elections were disrupted, major superpowers are jockeying for the power of the leak, the hack and the breach. What do you need to know to understand the world of

In the Pipeline at Limn: Public Infrastructures / Infrastructural Publics

The next issue of Limn (#7) examines how, today, relationships among government, expertise, and publics are being constituted, reconstituted, and contested through infrastructures.   Edited by: Stephen J. Collier, James Christopher Mizes and Antina von Schnitzler   Infrastructure has always had

Coming Soon, The Total Archive

Coming this Friday, March 4th! Limn Number 6: The Total Archive Edited by Boris Jardine  and Christopher Kelty What do you do with everything? All of it.  Every thing, book, person, datum, seed and gene?  Limn Number 6 asks: how does the total

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Issue Number Eight: Hacks, Leaks, and Breaches

Edited by: E. Gabriella Coleman and Christopher M. Kelty Contributors: Claudio Guanieri, Nils Gilman, Jesse Goldhammer, Steve Weber, Finn Brunton, Matthew Jones, Molly Sauter, Rebecca Slayton, Adam Fish, Luca Follis, Mustafa Al-Bassam, Sara Tocchetti, Paula Bialski, E. Gabriella Coleman, Robert Tynes, Philip Di Salvo, Sarah Myers West, Naomi Colvin, Lorenzo Francheschi-Bicchierai, Ashley Gorham, Joan Donovan, Renée Ridgway, Goetz Bachmann, Tor Ekeland, David Murakami-Wood and Michael Carter, Kim Zetter. With science fiction by Cory Doctorow.

With Illustrations by Amisha Gadani

Issue Number Seven: Public Infrastructures/Infrastructural Publics

Edited by Stephen J. Collier, Antina von Schnitzler, and James Christopher Mizes Contributors: Nikhil Anand, Soe Lin Aung, Jonathan Bach, Andrea Ballestero, Andrew Barry, Ashley Carse, Stephen J. Collier, Savannah Cox, and Kevin Grove, Kevin Donovan and Emma Park, Catherine Fennell, Andreas Folkers, Gökçe Günel, Penny Harvey and Hannah Knox, Cymene Howe and Dominic Boyer, Andrew Lakoff, James Christopher Mizes, Canay Özden-Schilling, Ute Tellmann and Sven Opitz, Antina von Schnitzler, and Alan Wiig

Issue Number Six: The Total Archive

Edited by Boris Jardine and Christopher Kelty Contributors: Miriam Austin, Jenny Bangham, Reuben Binns, Balázs BodóGeoffry C. Bowker, Finn Brunton, Lawrence Cohen, Stephen Collier, Vadig De Croehling, Lukas Engelmann, Nicholas HA Evans, Fabienne Hess, Anna HughesBoris Jardine, Emily Jones, Judith Kaplan, Whitney Laemmli, Andrew Lakoff, Rebecca Lemov, Branwyn Poleykett, Mary Murrell, Ben Outhwaite, Julien Prévieux, and Jenny Reardon.

Issue Number Five: Ebola's Ecologies

Edited by Andrew Lakoff, Stephen J. Collier and Christopher Kelty Contributors: Lyle Fearnley, Ann H. Kelly, Nicholas King, Guillaume Lachenal, Andrew Lakoff, Theresa MacPhail, Frédéric Le Marcis and Vinh-Kim Nguyen, Alex Nading, Joanna Radin, and Peter Redfield.

Issue Number Four: Food Infrastructures

Edited by Mikko Jauho, David Schleifer, Bart Penders and Xaq Frohlich Contributors: Christopher OtterFranck Cochoy,Sophie Dubuisson-Quellier, Kim Hendrickx, Heather Paxson, Mikko Jauho,Susanne FreidbergEmily Yates-DoerrAlison Fairbrother and David Schleifer,Javier LezaunBart Penders and Steven Flipse, Xaq Frohlich, Michael G. Powell, Makalé Faber-Cullen and Anna Lappé 

Issue Number Three: Sentinel Devices

Edited by Frédéric Keck and Andrew Lakoff Contributors:  Hannah Landecker, Didier Torny and Emmanuelle Fillion, Sara Wylie, Ann Kelly, Vanessa Manceron, Joanna Radin, Christelle Gramaglia, Emmanuel Didier, Lyle Fearnley, Frédéric Keck, Andrew Lakoff, Sophie Houdart, Adriana Petryna, Chloe Silverman, Etienne Benson, Baptiste Monsaingeon, Jerome Whitington, Naomi Oreskes

Issue Number Two: Crowds and Clouds

Edited by Christopher M. Kelty, Lilly Irani and Nick Seaver Contributors:  Christopher Kelty, Alain Desrosières, Lilly Irani, Chris Csikszentmihályi, Gabriella Coleman, Nick Seaver, Emmanuel Didier, Alek Felstiner, Tarleton Gillespie, Roma Jhaveri, Daniel Kreiss, Natasha Dow Schüll, Rebecca Lemov, Maria Vidart, Amira Pettus, Jonathan R. Baldwin, and Ruben Hickman

Issue Number One: Systemic Risk

Edited by Stephen J. Collier, Christopher Kelty and Andrew Lakoff Contributors: Benjamin Sims, Deborah CowenMyriam Dunn CaveltyElizabeth Cullen DunnChristopher M. KeltyPhilip BougenStephen J. CollierAndrew LakoffOnur OzgödeDouglas R. HolmesRebecca LemovBrian LindsethMartha PoonGrahame Thompson