Infrastructuring in action

RGS/IBG annual meeting 2019
London, UK

Talking about infrastructures in all their glorious invisibility has to rely on examples. Whether we introduce infrastructures as large scale irrigation systems or as the building we live in, makes a huge difference. In this talk I imagine infrastructures as mundane and close to users, which poses the question of where infrastructures start and where they end. The point I want to make is that tools and technologies are actively transformed into infrastructures (degree of compliance to Leigh Star’s famous catalogue of characteristics) and that this activity is inherently political.

Thomas Berker
Professor of Science and Technology Studies