Collections

Collection no. 1: Infrastructural Times

In this first collection we would like to explore infrastructure as a ‘timescape’ (Adam 1998). We encourage the authors to consider infrastructure through the rhythms of investment, the life-spans of discourses, the geological time, the cycles of human engagement with infrastructure, time-horizons of materials, the temporality of engineering knowledge and other social agents that contribute to the making and unmaking of infrastructure. Through this focus on multiple temporalities we want to highlight the work that goes into synchronizing them (more or less successfully) through practices of construction, maintenance and mundane utilization. At the same time, we also want to explore the affective, political and social implications of abandoning this labour of synchronization, as infrastructure decays or is repurposed, transforming the social relations which it once enabled or restricted. Attending to the ways in which time figures in infrastructure is conceptually vital. It facilitates understanding infrastructure as being embroiled in the socio-political environment and draws attention to its inherent—even if somewhat counterintuitive—liveliness.

Deadline for submission: 15 January 2019

Publication date: February 2019

Editor: Agnieszka Joniak-Lüthi (agnieszka.joniak-luethi@uzh.ch)

Collection no. 2: Labour (working title)

Call: February 2019