[Air-L] Special issue on Infrastructural Politics

Blake Hallinan blake.hallinan at mail.huji.ac.il
Mon Aug 30 04:43:42 PDT 2021

Dear colleagues,

I’m pleased to announce the publication of a new special issue of Cultural
Studies on “Infrastructural Politics,” edited by myself (Blake Hallinan)
and James N. Gilmore. This issue examines infrastructure as both a mode of
governance and a site of political contestation through diverse case
studies including digital supply chains, dredging in Dubai, police body
cameras in the US, Russian data centers in Finland, coal mining in
Pakistan’s Thar desert, streaming media platforms, and more. Please see
below and circulate widely.

New issue: Cultural Studies - Volume 35, Numbers 4-5 (2021)



Infrastructural politics amidst the coils of control [Blake Hallinan and
James N. Gilmore] https://doi.org/10.1080/09502386.2021.1895259

Scaling Problems and Solutions:

Redirected entanglements in the digital supply chain [Matthew Hockenberry]

Thermopolitics of data: cloud infrastructures and energy futures [Julia
Velkova] https://doi.org/10.1080/09502386.2021.1895243

‘The world is sinking:’ sand, urban infrastructure, and world-cities [Burç
Köstem] https://doi.org/10.1080/09502386.2021.1895244

Civilizing infrastructure [Blake Hallinan]

Infrastructures of discovery: examining podcast ratings and rankings
[Jeremy Wade Morris] https://doi.org/10.1080/09502386.2021.1895246

Working For, Against, and Alongside Formalization:

Tuning sound for infrastructures: artificial intelligence, automation, and
the cultural politics of audio mastering [Jonathan Sterne and Elena
Razlogova] https://doi.org/10.1080/09502386.2021.1895247

Seeing like an infrastructure: avidity and difference in algorithmic
recommendation [Nick Seaver]

The care and feeding of 9-1-1 infrastructure: dispatcher culture as media
work and infrastructural transformation [Elizabeth Ellcessor]

Fissures in algorithmic power: platforms, code, and contestation [Fabian
Ferrari and Mark Graham] https://doi.org/10.1080/09502386.2021.1895250

Seeing infrastructure: race, facial recognition and the politics of data
[Nikki Stevens and Os Keyes] https://doi.org/10.1080/09502386.2021.1895252

Sweeping the city: infrastructure, informality, and the politics of
maintenance [Constance Gordan and Kyle Byron]

Analyzing Imaginaries, Imagining Interventions:

Smart homes: domestic futurity as Infrastructure [Heather Suzanne Woods]

‘We don't even know who owns it’: the infrastructural imaginary of Spruce
Pine, NC [D. Travers Scott] https://doi.org/10.1080/09502386.2021.1895255

Coal ground [Ayesha Omer] https://doi.org/10.1080/09502386.2021.1895260

Recoding the city: cultural mediation of short-term rental platforms in the
US [Torin Monahan] https://doi.org/10.1080/09502386.2021.1895258

Data(-)based ambivalence regarding NYC 311 data infrastructure [Lindsay
Poirier] https://doi.org/10.1080/09502386.2021.1895256

Mischievous infrastructure: tactical secrecy through infrastructural
friction in police video systems [CJ Reynolds]

Blake Hallinan
Postdoctoral Research
Hebrew University
blake.hallinan at mail.huji.ac.il

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