Étiqueté : réparer

CFP: Cultures of Mending; A collaborative workshop (Nottingham, June 2015)

Dead line of the call: 17 december 2014 MEND*RS Jonnet Middleton, Lancaster University Giuseppe Salvia, Nottingham Trent University Rebecca Collins, University of Chester Blanca Callén, Open University of Catalonia Mending is a multifaceted practice.  It has long-established roots spanning centuries of human productive effort.  Today it is...

CFP: Reuse in an Accelerated World: Mining the Past to Reshape the Future (edited volume)

Proposed Edited Book in a new Routledge series: Antinomies: Innovations in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Creative Arts (series edited by Anthony Elliott and Jennifer Rutherford) Book Editors: Robert Crocker and Keri Chiveralls Call for Contributions – extended now until November 30th, 2014 Reuse and repurposing have...

Appel à contributions: Maintenance and Repair in STS

Though they rarely have been at the center of analysis, repair and maintenance have been an ongoing concern in Science and Technology Studies for long time. For instance, the role of technicians in the production of scientific knowledge has been highlighted as crucial in the maintenance of places, instruments and experimental materials (Latour and Woolgar 1979; Shapin 1989; Barley and Bechky 1994), and we are aware that sciences draw on caretaking practices that remain largely invisible (Knorr 1999). In other domains, studies stressed out the importance of adaptative operations in the trajectory of certain technologies (Akrich 1993; de Laet and Mol 2000). In contrast with a model of innovation that insists on stabilization and closure, they showed that some technologies are perpetuated and maintained through adjustments and transformations. More recently, the focus on infrastructures led to a new interest into breakdowns, failures and repair. Researches notably showed how the reparation of infrastructures modifies the ecology of visible and invisible, both for the unnoticed objects that become a matter of concern and for the invisible workers who take care of them (Star 1999). Failures, breakdowns and the repair they imply are also crucial situations in the production of sociotechnical inequities (Graham 2010).

Appel à Contributions : Réparer le monde Excès, Reste et Innovation

Nous appelons à proposition d’articles d’ici au 30 juin 2014 pour un numéro spécial de la revue Techniques & culture (http://tc.revues.org) intitulé : « Réparer le monde : excès, reste et innovation ».


Les restes et leur traitement ont une valeur heuristique originale pour les sciences sociales. C’est tout au moins la position que nous entendons défendre dans ce numéro spécial, élaboré en partenariat avec le « Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée » (MuCEM) à Marseille, qui prépare pour 2016 une exposition sur les déchets. Englobant le sujet des déchets, mais loin de s’y limiter, ce numéro réunira des contributions issues de plusieurs disciplines provenant de terrains proches et éloignés autour de la problématique du « reste », envisagée non seulement comme « revers de la production », mais aussi comme un objet associant fortement les dimensions pratiques et symboliques.

Le « reste » est entendu ici, au sens large, comme un artefact de la pensée ou de la pratique, généralement invisible et bien souvent « hors culture ». Le reste renvoie aux choses impensées, à celles qui n’entrent pas dans les cadres culturels et cognitifs, qu’il s’agisse de dimensions symboliques ou économiques. L’analyse du ou des restes permet de révéler en profondeur l’intrication des enjeux sociaux, environnementaux et politiques.

American Anthropological Association 2014 Annual Meetings (Washington DC in December 2014) panel proposal

American Anthropological Association 2014 Annual Meetings (Washington DC in December 2014) panel proposal: Panel: *What Will an Anthropology of Maintenance and Repair Look Like?* Papers: Juris Milestone, Ph.D. (Dept. of Anthropology, Temple University) Organizer: Gabriel Jderu, Ph.D. (Dept. of Sociology, University of Bucharest) Discussant: Steven L. Jackson,...

“Inventive repair, or the aesthetics of material hacks”, à lire sur le Blog Discard-studies

Before disposability, before planned obsolescence, and even before mass production really entered its modern phase, there reined a different kind of material relation with broken objects. Waste historian Susan Strasser calls this ethos “stewardship,”  characterized by handwork, repair, and making do: “We are not likely to revive the stewardship of objects and materials, formed in a bygone culture of handwork. But perhaps new ideas of morality, utility, common sense, and the value of labor—based on the stewardship of the earth and of natural resources—can replace it” (Waste and Want 2000: 293). Andrew Baseman’s blog “Past Imperfect” is making strides to knit together past instances of stewardship and present-day appreciation for the ingenuity and beauty of repair.