We are sharing the attached call for papers which might of interest to our members:

Contributions can be submitted until 25 Jan 2019, following this link: https://www.dkg2019.de/anmeldung_fachsitzungsbeitraege_und_poster/ ; or sent to us via mail until 15 Jan 2019.

Organisers:

Sören Becker (Bonn University/ HU Berlin): soeren.becker@uni-bonn.de
Gerald Aiken (Université de Luxembourg): gerald.aiken@uni.lu
Will Eadson (Sheffield Hallam University): W.Eadson@shu.ac.uk

Abstract:

This session discusses the spatiality of different kinds of infrastructure, and their transformation. It grasps the engagement with technical, ecological and social infrastructures on various scales.

Exposé:

Debates around sustainable cities, energy transitions but also the development of digital communication technologies have put infrastructures at the centre geographic inquiry. Even though the definition of infrastructure is in constant flux, infrastructures are connected to the notion of hidden skeleton enabling the core functions of our society. Throughout the social sciences, work after the ‘infrastructural turn’ has focussed on a variety of issues: infrastructures as the hidden guarantor of global links and the current world order (Easterling 2014); infrastructure as reflecting and (re)producing social and spatial inequities (Graham and Marvin 2001); the transformation of infrastructures through political struggles and subjectivities (Luque-Ayala and Silver 2018); and Infrastructures as made and remade through practice and everyday life. Across the various debates on different realms of energy, water, communication, waste, green space, education, and other technical ecological and social infrastructures, infrastructure research has served as an entry point for a critical theorisation of social relations from different epistemic and theoretical perspectives.

This session builds upon these debates while explicitly targeting the spatial features of infrastructures and their transformation on various scales and in different uneven geographical contexts. As often debates are pursued in rather segregate fields such urban, energy, or development geography, we seek to combine contributions across these debates to conceptually and empirically advance the understanding of spatial features in various kinds of infrastructure transitions.

Following these aims, this section invites contributions that assess, among others:
• Global and/or hidden infrastructures of trade, finance, and data
• Infrastructure, power and political struggles around infrastructure transformation
• Issues of scale and spatial fit in infrastructure governance
• Uneven access and development of infrastructures in the Global North and South
• The making and appropriation of infrastructures through practice
• Digital spaces and the development of infrastructures

Abstracts for presentations in either English or German should be sent to soeren.becker@uni-bonn and gerald.aiken@uni.lu by 15 Jan 2019

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