Infrastructure Studies

As part of my work in the ZEN centre, I became interested in infrastructures as actant-rhizome ontologies. Cities and their neighbourhoods, the main study object there, are extraordinarily densely equipped with people and material structures, relying heavily on each other to function. Mainly inspired by the writing of Susan Leigh Star and her colleagues, these ‘boring’ things are a perfect match with my long-standing interest in the everyday of modern societies, how it changes and how it remains the same.

So far this work has resulted in two talks and one journal submission. More on the latter if it gets accepted. I am now writing - when I get the time in between teaching and research management obligations - a text on living infrastructure labs - a reinterpretation of living labs as pockets within infrastructures.

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Thomas Berker
Professor of Science and Technology Studies