The workshop is an in-person only event.
We are currently living through a global infrastructure revolution. From Joe Biden’s billion dollar infrastructure plan and China’s belt and road initiative to calls for a Green New Deal, economic investment in infrastructure has moved centre-stage.
Nowhere is this more evident than in Britain and Northern Ireland, where the current Conservative government has centred their post-Covid recovery plan on the much touted “levelling up” agenda.
Originally a nineteenth-century neologism used by Victorian engineers, today this phrase appears in the mouths of ministers, regional mayors, green activists, and even celebrities.
This workshop sets out to facilitate an open and cross-disciplinary discussion of the cultural narratives and political imaginaries that are invested into infrastructure in Britain today.
How is infrastructure bound up with Brexit and Britain’s post-imperial identity? What political work is the “levelling up” agenda doing in the wake of Covid-19? And what might a different imaginative, cultural, and political programme for infrastructure look like, and from where might this emerge?
Delegates and participants of all backgrounds, from across the disciplines and from non-academic sectors, are warmly invited to attend this event.
The workshop is comprised not of lectures or formal talks, but short position pieces on key themes that will be followed by extensive opportunity for feedback and discussion.
This format is designed to facilitate an open conversation. Whether you have questions to ask, relevant expertise to contribute, or would simply like to listen in, you will be very welcome to attend.
The workshop is free, but we ask that you please register in advance.
- Refreshments will be provided throughout the day
- Travel bursaries are available to delegates attending from outside of London.
If you would like to inquire about a bursary, or if you have any other questions about the workshop, please contact Dominic Davies (email@example.com) and Sunjay Mathuria (firstname.lastname@example.org).
10.30-11.30: Session 1. Race and Nation in Britain
Dr Sivamohan Valluvan, Dr Hannah Jones
12.00-13.00: Session 2. Infrastructure After Empire
Dr Peter Mitchell, Dr Benjamin Bland
14.00-15.00: Session 3. Regionalism and Devolution
Professor Janice Morphet
15.30-16.30: Session 4. Infrastructures of Care
Professor Jo Littler, Professor Tony Jefferson
17.00-18.00: Writer’s reading
Professor Vron Ware, in conversation with Professor Les Back
18.00-19.00: Drink's Reception
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