Materiality and the History of Infrastructure

Materiality and the History of Infrastructure

Jan Hansen (University of Southern California, Los Angeles) and Frederik Schulze (Bielefeld University)
Herrenhausen Symposium, Herrenhausen Palace
Hannover, Germany
Vom - Bis
20.07.2022 - 21.07.2022
Jan Hansen, Max Kade Institute, University of Southern California

This international Herrenhausen Symposium explores the relationship between materiality and infrastructure. It is sponsored by the Volkswagen Foundation.

Materiality and the History of Infrastructure

From bridges, water mains, and large dams to railways, electrical grids, and internet cables – infrastructures are socio-technical systems for which long-lasting material installments are central. 
This Herrenhausen Symposium explores the materiality of infrastructure, which is a fundamental yet understudied dimension for comprehending the human condition. The symposium adds to ongoing efforts to decentralize human agency.
 Some of the questions the symposium examines are: what kinds of construction materials gave rise to new infrastructures? What kind of knowledge have humans developed for the material texture of infrastructure? How have humans adapted to the use and experience of certain materials? How have people responded to collapse and material decay? What theories should we use to analyze the materiality of infrastructure?


Wednesday, July 20, 2022

1:00 – 2:00 PM
Welcome Lunch

2:00 – 2:15 PM Introduction
- Jan Hansen (University of Southern California, Los Angeles), Frederik Schulze (Bielefeld University): Materiality and the History of Infrastructure

2:15 – 3:15 PM
- M. Luísa Sousa (NOVA University Lisbon): The Portuguese Intra-Imperial Research on the Use of Laterite in Road Construction in Angola and Mozambique
- Discussant: Robert Heinze (German Historical Institute, Paris)

3:15 – 3:45 PM
Coffee Break

3:45 – 4:45 PM
- Martin Meiske (Deutsches Museum Munich): Materialities of Maintenance: An Envirotechnical Analysis of Knowledge, Labor, and Toxicity in Railway Infrastructures
- Discussant: Aybike Alkan (Technical University of Berlin)

4:45 – 5:45 PM
- María Ignacia Jeldes, Paul Sprute, Monika Motylinska (Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space, Erkner): The Materiality and Constructability of the Subway in Buenos Aires (1933–1944)
- Discussant: Georg Fischer (Aarhus University)

5:45 – 6:15 PM

6:15 – 7:15 PM Keynote Lecture
- Mikael Hård (Technical University of Darmstadt): Technological Landscapes

7:15 – 9:00 PM

Thursday, July 21, 2022

9:00 – 10:00 AM
- Vincent Lagendijk (Maastricht University): Materializing Racism: Roadbuilding, Urban Reconstruction and Race Relations in Baltimore, 1910–2018
- Discussant: Sophie Gerber (Technical Museum Vienna)

10:00 – 11:00 AM
- Laura Meneghello (University of Siegen): Assembling the City: Pneumatic Tubes and Urban Space (ca. 1860s–1980s)
- Discussant: Antonia von Schöning (Humboldt University of Berlin)

11:00 – 11:30 AM
Coffee Break

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
- Daqing Yang (George Washington University, Washington, D.C.): Materiality of Void: Wireless Spectrum and Communications Infrastructure in Japan, 1902–1945
- Discussant: Barbara Orland (University of Basel)

12:30 – 1:30 PM
- Ellan F. Spero, Christine Ortiz (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA): Technological Models as ‘Object Lessons’ of Agitation: Multiscale Materiality of a Demonstration Sand Filter for Water Purification in an Industrial City in the United States at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
- Discussant: Christian Zumbrägel (Technical University of Berlin)

1:30 – 1:45 PM Concluding remarks
- Jan Hansen (University of Southern California, Los Angeles), Frederik Schulze (Bielefeld University)

1:45 – 2:30 PM
Farewell Lunch

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