“Infrastructuring smartness and/or enhancing communities?” – Workshop in June

Ingrid Foss Ballo, PhD candidate at SpaceLab, will be part of organizing a workshop on “Infrastructuring smartness and/or enhancing communities?” for the forthcoming Communities and Technology Conference (26-29 June, Troyes, France).


Infrastructuring smartness and/or enhancing communities?

Full-day workshop at Communities and Technologies 2017, Troyes, France

By tapping into the ongoing process of infrastructuring sensors, trackers, data and monitoring devices that underlies the materialization of imaginaries of a ‘smart’ society , this full-day workshop promotes a critical discussion on the assumptions and implications of such process. The workshop will focus on the interplay between technology and society. In particular, it will focus on topics such as acceptance, disruption, failures, privacy and ethical aspects, with the goal of going beyond the taken for granted desirability or necessity of ‘smart’ and to de-construct the mainstream rhetoric of unproblematic technological fixes to contemporary challenges. We aim at creating a lively and interdisciplinary discussion during the workshop.

Therefore, we invite people interested in engaging critically with the workshop’s theme to submit a position paper (2-4 p.) about their works in progress, case studies, empirical results or theoretical analyses.

For more information on the workshop, its topics and how to participate, visit: https://infrastructuringsmartness.wordpress.com/



Giacomo Poderi, University of Bergen

Ingrid Foss Ballo, University of Bergen

Michela Cozza, Mälardalen University

Kjetil Rommetveit, University of Bergen



Deadline for submission: 25th April 2017

Notification of acceptance: 3rd May 2017

Early-bird registration deadline: 5th May 2017

Camera ready: 20th May 2017

Workshop: 26th or 27th June 2017