Presenting out keynote speakers: Monika Büscher

Monika Büscher is Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University, UK. She is Director of the Centre for Mobilities Research and Associate Director at the Institute for Social Futures. Her research explores the digital dimension of contemporary ‘mobile lives’ with a focus on IT ethics and risk governance. She currently leads research on the informationalization of risk governance, exploring … Continue reading Presenting out keynote speakers: Monika Büscher

Linking “Innovations”, “Infrastructure” and “New Buildings”: The Role of Discourse in Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Russian Technopark

[Русская версия] In one of my recent research projects I investigated the ecologies of technological innovation in Russia. I was interested in particular in the ways in which the Russian Government or private companies provide for the support and development of technological initiatives. What specifically drew my attention here was one of the strategies called … Continue reading Linking “Innovations”, “Infrastructure” and “New Buildings”: The Role of Discourse in Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Russian Technopark

Conversations on Mega-Events and Infrastructure

[Русская версия] The scene: an office at the University of Zurich on a Friday afternoon in March. A group of students asking questions about mega-events. I don’t know much about mega-events. What are they? In general, when we talk about mega-events we mean a very large event that dominates the physical and social landscapes for … Continue reading Conversations on Mega-Events and Infrastructure

Facility based childbirth in Russia as broken infrastructure

[Русская версия] Imagine you (your partner, close relative or a friend) are pregnant or just planning a pregnancy and now are puzzled about what will happen next. If we focus on the period between the decision to continue with the pregnancy and the necessity of taking care of the newborn, it is obvious that childbirth … Continue reading Facility based childbirth in Russia as broken infrastructure

Affective urbanism: how urban infrastructures produce subjective experiences in city dwellers

[Русская версия] "I’m cold and my muscles are tense," says one. "I'm scared, but I like it," - we hear from the second. "I feel so proud of myself if I successfully overcome an obstacle," the third mentions. You see how different these answers are – all to a seemingly simple question: “What do you … Continue reading Affective urbanism: how urban infrastructures produce subjective experiences in city dwellers