Tue 12 Feb 2019

»Capturing the Zeitgeist of Infrastructure«

Norman Aselmeyer, historian at the European University Institute in Florence and participant of our Transregional Academy »Infrastructures, Regions and Urbanization« reflects on questions and topics discussed at the academy, to be read up on at our TRAFO Blog.

»In 1999, Susan Leigh Star famously invited fellow researchers to study infrastructure, or what she jokingly called “boring things.” For long, this common-sense notion of infrastructure as being pretty unexciting or dreary contributed to a relative neglect of technological systems in analysing society. In recent years, however, the picture has gradually changed and a host of new studies has made the study of infrastructure thrive.«

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Photo: People as Infrastructure: African Porters in British East Africa. Image courtesy of the Kenya National Archives Nairobi, Binns Collection.

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