Children’s mobility: infrastructures of control

[Русская версия] Each of us remembers childhood when parents let us stay out "only till six o’clock!", or when they called from work to check if we had returned from school. We remember when we called to warn our parents that we would be late, and we remember when our parents forbade us to leave … Continue reading Children’s mobility: infrastructures of control

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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

How to describe bicycle mobility in the city?

[Русская версия] This note is part of a project that investigates alternative mobilities (bicycles, kick-scooters, skateboarding) in large Russian cities, with a focus on Saint Petersburg. This project was born out of an interest in cycling and kick-scootering in Russian cities as well as from a desire to offer an alternative to the mobilities studies … Continue reading How to describe bicycle mobility in the city?

Социальные исследования городских инфраструктур

13-16 февраля Волгоградский государственный университет проводит на базе парк-клуба «Дубровский» выездной научно-исследовательский семинар «Социальные исследования городских инфраструктур». Тема инфраструктур приобретает особую значимость в последние десятилетия и становится предметом междисциплинарных социогуманитарных исследований в рамках «исследований науки и технологий», социологии мобильностей, исследований города и регионалистики. Особенно актуальными оказываются вопросы материальности городского пространства и столкновения коллективных и индивидуальных … Continue reading Социальные исследования городских инфраструктур