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Urban Infrastructural Configurations

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A SusInfra reading group with the aim to support individual and collaborative writing and the development of research ideas.

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A SusInfra Reading Group

We are running a 2021-22 Reading Group on urban infrastructural (re)configurations at the University of Manchester. We are interested in infrastructure and the everyday, focusing on the human-infrastructure interface.

Authors will join us for the discussion of their work (Session 1-3). The future reading list will be co-developed with reading groups members as we progress.

The group’s aim is to support individual and collaborative writing and the development of research ideas.

We meet online every three weeks.

Key readings:

Session 07 (16.06.2022): Vincent Andrisani (Thursday, 4.30pm GMT +1)

Vincent Andrisani (2019) “¡Se Bota El Tanque!”: housing, infrastructure, and the sounds of water in Havana’s domestic spaces, Tapuya: Latin American Science, Technology and Society, 2:1, 442-457, DOI: 10.1080/25729861.2019.1639468

Moderated by Dr Deljana Iossifova, Professor of Architecture and Urban Studies, University of Manchester

Session 06 (31.03.2022): Maan Barua (Thursday, 4.30pm GMT +1)

Maan Barua (2021) Infrastructure and non-human life: A wider ontology. Progress in Human Geography 45:6, 1467–89. https://doi.org/10.1177/0309132521991220.

Moderated by Dr Debapriya Chakrabarti, ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Manchester

Session 5 (03.03.2022): Stephen Graham (Thursday, 4.30pm GMT +0)

Stephen Graham & Nigel Thrift (2007) Out of Order: Understanding Repair and Maintenance. Theory, Culture & Society 24:3, 1–25. DOI: 10.1177/0263276407075954.

Moderated by Dr León Felipe Téllez Contreras, ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Sheffield

Session 4 (10.02.2022): Penny Harvey (Thursday, 4.30pm GMT +0)

Penny Harvey & Hannah Knox (2012) The Enchantments of Infrastructure, Mobilities, 7:4, 521-536, DOI: 10.1080/17450101.2012.718935

Moderated by Dr Stylianos Zavos, Research Associate, University of Manchester

Session 3 (09.12.2021): Brian Larkin (Thursday, 4.30pm GMT +0)

Larkin, B. (2013). The Politics and Poetics of Infrastructure. Annual Review of Anthropology, 42(1), 327-343. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-anthro-092412-155522

Moderated by Dr Deljana Iossifova, Senior Lecturer in Urban Studies, University of Manchester

Session 2 (18.11.2021): Ash Amin (Thursday, 4.30pm GMT +0)

Amin, A. (2014). Lively infrastructure. Theory, Culture & Society, 31(7-8), 137-161.

Moderated by Purva Dewoolkar, PhD researcher, University of Manchester

Session 1 (28.10.2021): Geoffrey M. Bowker (Thursday, 4.30pm GMT +1)

Bowker, G. C. (1995). Second nature once removed: Time, space and representations. Time & Society, 4(1), 47-66.

Moderated by Dr Debapriya Chakrabarti, ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Manchester

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One member of the group will prepare and circulate a 2–3-page review of the week’s reading in advance of the session, followed by a 15-minute presentation at the start of the session. The rest of the time will be dedicated to (group) discussion and the opportunity to hear from authors, who will be joining us for the discussion.

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