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In the last decades, more and more scholars have claimed for inclusion of maintenance among the key topics and key questions of technology (Edgerton 2007, Jackson 2014, Russell and Vinsel 2018, Henke and Sims 2020). Communication and media studies have just partially included in their methodological and analytical tools reflections on maintenance (see Balbi and Leggero 2020; Weber and Krebs 2021) and this paper-based workshop aims to advance in this aspect adding another fundamental yet underestimated layer in communication and maintenance research: the Longue durée. The workshop will host methodological and empirical approaches ranging from history to anthropology, from geography to political studies, from economics to obviously communication and transportation studies.
24 February 2022, noon-3pm CEST
What does maintenance mean in communication studies?
Communicating and doing maintenance in Medieval and early Modern time societies. Why is it not only an art history problem
“Keeping the lights on” – maintaining (communication) infrastructures
Communication is Maintenance. Towards a maintenance culture in communication and media studies.
2 pm-3.30 pm
Felipe Beuttenmüller Lopes Silva
Large Scale Infrastructure Systems in Lisbon: Politics of repair and maintenance on Europe´s periphery
Feeling the air: Sense perception and the maintenance of pneumatic mail tubes in the longue durée
Rebecca Mossop and Stefan Krebs
The delicate balance between expansion, innovation and maintenance
of the Luxembourg telephone network
Digital timescales? The digitalization and privatization of the German telecom-munications network of the 1980s and 1990s and the change of timescales in the telecommunications
25 February 2022, noon-3pm CEST
What does longue durée in maintenance mean?
Reflection from the project Spatial and social mobility in the Medieval and Early Modern Alpine regions: Political, religious, and social dynamics in boundary areas
Maintenance and beyond: A pluri-temporal perspective
Maintenance and the longue durée in the United States
1.45 pm-3.30 pm
Only old media: Maintaining the media heritage
The hidden cost of maintenance. Reflections on the persistence and
long-term effects of railway tie impregnation for environment and society
The clock of the Long now in longue durée: Maintaining a communication
“cool tool” through millennia
Persistence of communication: Non-technological view
We are all maintainers: Mundane practices of maintenance in the use of digital media as sites of contestation, critical (re-)assessment, and social negotiations
3.30p pm-3.45 pm