[SIGCIS-Members] CfA Conference ‘Urban Circulations’

Raphael Longoni longoni at kritis.tu-darmstadt.de
Mon Dec 20 08:20:16 PST 2021

The Research Training Group KRITIS invites researchers and practitioners 
to participate at the conference on June 23, 2022.

Accessible and functional urban sanitation, unimpeded mobility, steady 
electrical power provision, and permanent internet connection are 
desired standards today in most settings worldwide. They require 
unceasing streams of matter, energy, people, and information circulating 
in socio-technical networks or arrangements we call infrastructures. At 
the same time, issues such as the current pandemic and climate change 
are challenging the modernist ideal of continuous flows, their 
acceleration, intensification, and ubiquitous connectivity. It reminds 
us of the risks of our dependency on undisrupted provision as well as of 
malign or transgressive, i.e. unwanted circulations.
The circulation within and around infrastructure systems is one of the 
central themes of the Research Training Group KRITIS. It is the aim of 
this conference to elaborate understandings of circulation in and 
between cities mediated by infrastructures.
Contributions may focus on, but are not limited to:
     • Conceptual approaches: What are the potentials and limitations of 
circulation to explain movements in complex systems? How can we 
empirically observe and assess hidden and entangled circulations?
     • Continuity and interruption: How do loads, goods, or people 
feature in particular kinds of circulation? How can societies and 
infrastructures be protected from the risks of involuntary interruption 
accompanying circulations? What do such interruptions reveal about 
infrastructure and underlying socio-political systems?
     • Society and ecology: How do infrastructures contribute to or 
mediate social and environmental problems and how can they serve as a 
key for solutions? How do users and non-users deal with unreliable, 
tenuous, or inaccessible circulation? Are there perspectives for 
inclusive circulation and participatory infrastructure planning?
Our one-day, online conference calls for contributions from various 
academic disciplines, and practitioners alike.
     • Please submit an abstract of max. 300 words until February 23, 
2022 to circulationconference at kritis.tu-darmstadt.de
     • The conference will be held online. There are no conference fees.
     • The language of moderations and discussions is English. 
Contributions may bein English or German.
     • We will confirm participation by March 15, 2022

Kind Regards

Raphael Longoni, M. A.

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter

Technische Universität Darmstadt
Graduiertenkolleg KRITIS
Institut für Geschichte, Mittelalterliche Geschichte
Dolivostraße 15
D-64293 Darmstadt

Tel.:   +49 6151 16-57444
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