Historical Social Research (HSR) 47 (2022), 4

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Historical Social Research (HSR) 47 (2022), 4
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Infrastructures and Ecology

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GESIS – Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften
Historical Social Research (HSR)
Unter Sachsenhausen 6-8
Journal Historical Social Research
Philip Jost Janssen, Knowledge Exchange & Outreach, GESIS - Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften

Special Issue
Ruptures, Transformations, Continuities. Rethinking Infrastructures and Ecology. (Philipp Degens, Iris Hilbrich & Sarah Lenz)

This HSR Special Issue takes multiple ecological crises as the point of departure to connect discourses on sustainability and infrastructures. It discusses the preservation, development, or disorder of infrastructures by different actors and practices against the background of specific imaginaries of sustainability. The contributions shed light on how social science discourses on sustainability might profit from integrating an infrastructural perspective that considers material and immaterial components. They demonstrate how ecological crises irritate conventional thinking about infrastructures: they make visible the fragility and destructiveness of fossil infrastructures. Some contributions focus explicitly on the analytical concepts that give the volume its title, such as crises and ruptures, transformations, or continuities. Other contributions focus on cross-cutting dimensions such as more-than-human entanglements or temporality. Moreover, some of the contributions analyze infrastructures in specific areas such as energy, justice, welfare, and money. The level of analysis ranges from local to supranational and global to planetary. Focusing on the planetary dimensions of the ecological crisis adds particular complexity to the infrastructural analysis.

An ecological perspective fundamentally irritates the view of infrastructure, as traditional concepts no longer manage to contribute to necessary planetary solutions. The multiple crises show that infrastructures will and should receive special attention in the social sciences and humanities in the future. To shed light on these complex entanglements the contributions all explore the question of what it means to analyze infrastructures in the Anthropocene.



Philipp Degens, Iris Hilbrich & Sarah Lenz
Analyzing Infrastructures in the Anthropocene. [Introduction]
doi: 10.12759/hsr.47.2022.36

Sheila Jasanoff
Spaceship or Stewardship: Imaginaries of Sustainability in the Information Age.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.47.2022.37

Dominic Boyer
Infrastructural Futures in the Ecological Emergency: Gray, Green, and Revolutionary.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.47.2022.38

Simone Schiller-Merkens
Social Transformation through Prefiguration? A Multi-Political Approach of Prefiguring Alternative Infrastructures.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.47.2022.39

Cristina Besio, Nadine Arnold & Dzifa Ametowobla
Participatory Organizations as Infrastructures of Sustainability? The Case of Energy Cooperatives and Their Ways for Increasing Influence.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.47.2022.40

Giacomo Bazzani
Money Infrastructure for Solidarity and Sustainability.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.47.2022.41

Jonas van der Straeten
Sustainability’s “Other”: Coming to Terms with the Electric Rickshaw in Bangladesh.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.47.2022.42

Mathilda Rosengren
When Infrastructures and Ecological Actors Meet: Resituating “Green” Infrastructures through the History of the Willow Tree.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.47.2022.43

Bronislaw Szerszynski
Infrastructuring as a Planetary Phenomenon: Timescale Separation and Causal Closure in More-Than-Human Systems.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.47.2022.44

Stephen C. Slota & Elliott Hauser
Inverting Ecological Infrastructures: How Temporality Structures the Work of Sustainability.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.47.2022.45

Lisa Suckert & Timur Ergen
Contested Futures: Reimagining Energy Infrastructures in the First Oil Crisis.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.47.2022.46

Vincent Gengnagel & Katharina Zimmermann
The European Green Deal as a Moonshot – Caring for a Climate-Neutral Yet Prospering Continent?
doi: 10.12759/hsr.47.2022.47

Jonathan Symons & Simon Friederich
Tensions Within Energy Justice: When Global Energy Governance Amplifies Inequality.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.47.2022.48

Peter Wagner
Frontiers of Modernity: Infrastructures and Socio-Ecological Transformations.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.47.2022.49

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