Infrastructural Time Workshop Schedule and Abstract (June 14-18)



This series of workshops is part of the RSA's Regions in Recovery conference. It aims to provide a platform for new and original research that critically examines the role of time and temporality in how we study, produce knowledge of, and inform decision-making on urban and regional infrastructure.


You can view the full conference program now on the desktop version of RSA Hub App. The NOIR Infrastructural Times workshop sessions are listed at https://events.rdmobile.com/Lists/Details/1110593 and can also be found by searching NOIR in the program.


Please note that the schedule below may be subject to change in these uncertain times. See all scheduled paper abstracts here:

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Monday 14 June 2021


13:00-15:00 GMT | 8:00-10:00 EST: KEYNOTE PANEL


Distant-times: Future pasts and the information infrastructures of subaltern urbanisation

Ayona Datta University College London


Controlling urban-regional futures through infrastructures?

Olivier Coutard Ecole des Ponts ParisTech – LATTS


Rob Kitchin Maynooth University (Discussant)


15:00-17:00 GMT | 10:00-12:00 EST: (MIS)ALIGNMENTS


Usable Infrastructure Pasts: Mobilizing History for Urban Technology Futures Timothy Moss, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany


"This Fluid Situation": Sequencing the Cybernetic Highway at Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela, 1961 to 1966 Peter Ekman, University of California, Berkeley, United States


Infrastructures as Conjunctures: From Silk Roads to BRI Katreen Boustani, Indiana University - Bloomington, United States

Hamed Ekbia, Indiana University - Bloomington, United States


Rethinking Urban Infrastructural Change Through Temporal Mismatches and Alignment Jochen Monstadt, Utrecht University, The Netherlands



Tuesday 15 June 2021


12:00-14:00 GMT | 7:00-9:00 EST: PRACTICES


The Annihilation of Time by Precarious Access: Time Aspects of Unhoused Persons‘ Infrastructure Practices

Andrea Protschky, Technical University of Darmstadt;


Germany Spectral Infrastructures: Encountering Delays in Chennai

Pushpa Arabindoo, University College London, United Kingdom


Extending Urban Technicities for Extended Urban Regions

AbdouMaliq Simone, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom


Temporalities of Responsibility: Repositioning Priorities with DIY Infrastructure

Amelia Thorpe, University of New South Wales, Australia


Examining the Spatial-Temporal Imaginaries of Suburban Landscapes of Care

Samantha Biglieri, Ryerson University, Canada

Roger Keil, York University, Canada



Wednesday 16 June 2021


15:00-17:00 GMT | 10:00-12:00 EST: (IM)MOBILITIES


How do ‘alternative’ transport policies travel over time? Exploring the circulation of fare-free public transport

Wojciech Kębłowski, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium


“Just-In-Time” Infrastructure: Temporalities of the Platform Turn in Mobility Infrastructure John Stehlin, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, United States


The Sedimented Flows of the Illinois Waterway and the Space of the Corridor

Julie Cidell, University of Illinois, United States


Life and Death on the Tracks: Suspension, Waiting, and Intersecting Temporalities of Infrastructure

Jessica DiCarlo, University of Colorado Boulder, United States



Thursday 17 June 2021


15:00-17:00 GMT | 10:00-12:00 EST: FLOWS


Engineering the Urban Climate: Outdoor Cooling as a Spatial-Thermal fix

Simon Marvin, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom


Waste of Time? From Rigorous Routines to New Temporal Frameworks in Smart Waste Infrastructures

Fiona McDermott, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland


Digital Currents: Originary Technicity and the Myth of the Real-Time City

Nathan Olmstead, University of Toronto, Canada


Seasonal Patterns of Change in the Urban Metabolism of Alexandria, Egypt

Mauricio Estrada, University of Bonn, Germany



Friday 18 June 2021


12:00-14:00 GMT | 7:00-9:00 EST: FIXES


Disrupting the Tempo of Global Urban Governance? Or, Off the Cities Circuit in a Time of Crisis

Michele Acuto, University of Melbourne, Australia

Alexei Trundle, University of Melbourne, Australia

Caitlin Morrissey, University of Melbourne, Australia


Global Infrastructures as Spatio-Temporal Fixes: The Role of Fictitious Capital in Constructing Future City-Regional Spaces and Imaginaries

Andy Jonas, University of Hull, United Kingdom


Dissonant Times: The Land-Infrastructure-Finance Nexus in Egypt

Dalia Wahdan, American University of Cairo, Egypt

Tamer Elshayal, Harvard University, United States


Future-Proofing Profits: The Risk Management Practices of Infrastructure-Led Development Seth Schindler, University of Manchester, United Kingdom

Miguel Kanai, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom