Organized Panel Session
Infrastructures of the modern world shape everyday life, socio-economic hierarchies, popular perceptions of space and movement, and prominent images of the individual, corporation, nation, region, and world. This includes not only physical infrastructures, such as sewer systems, communications networks, railroads, and highways, but also the virtual systems that define spaces, control movement, and mediate interactions by defining borders, territoriality, and citizenship. Infrastructure, which has recently emerged as a key site of study across the social sciences and humanities, joins disparate concerns about space, mobility, and circulation across scales and boundaries. In this pair of border-crossing panels, scholars from six disciplines, comparing examples from as many countries, will explore the ways infrastructures produce physical and imagined spaces.