Humane Infrastructures (A UCLA Experimental Humanities Workshop)

Organizer UCLA
Time 2020-03-09 12:002020-03-10 17:00
Location UCLA
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Humane Infrastructures: A UCLA Experimental Humanities Workshop March 9-10, 2020

How do we create humane civic and academic infrastructures?

Artwork: Danielle Morgan.

Introduction
We invite you to join us for a UCLA Experimental Humanities workshop on "Humane Infrastructures", which will begin at noon on March 9 and continue through March 10, 2020. Additional related activities and talks will be hosted on March 12 (outside the workshop proper).

The workshop will be based on conversation rather than presentations, and the program will be mixed and experimental. It also will be designed to move between different spaces at UCLA. A full website will be launched soon that will contain more information regarding the background, program, event format, and suggested materials/references.

Registration
Registration is now open and free to anyone interested. Seating is limited.

Feel free to indicate your interest in the event and topic in the registration form. Your feedback will help shape the event. Also we will add invited speakers until close to the event, and may ask you whether you are interested in becoming one.

Introduction
Welcome to "Humane Infrastructures", a UCLA Experimental Humanities workshop, March 9 (from noon)-March 10, 2020. There will also be some activities/talks on March 12 (outside the workshop proper). 

The full website will be launched mid-January. Registration is open and free to anyone interested. Seating is limited.

Feel free to indicate your interest in the event and topic in the registration form. Your feedback will help shape the event. Also we will add invited speakers until close to the event, and may ask you whether you are interested in become one. 

The workshop will be based on conversation rather than presentations, and the program will be mixed and experimental.


Invited participants (selection, about half of all invited participants)
Invited participants include Allison Carruth (UCLA), Rachel Corbman (Wake Forest University), Dana Cuff (UCLA), Lori Emerson (University of Colorado Boulder), David Theo Goldberg (UC Humanities Research Institute), Natalie Jeremijenko (NYU), Marisa Parham (Amherst College), Roopika Risam (Salem State University), Matt Ratto (University of Toronto), Sarah Roberts (UCLA), Tara McPherson (USC), Todd Presner (UCLA) and Sverker Sörlin (KTH Royal Institute of Technology). 

Preliminary description
There is a growing realization that human and humanistic knowledge is necessary to respond to societal challenges and complex problems. 

Such responses are almost always going to engage with infrastructure one way or another. Infrastructures make up a fabric of our society - technological, human, urban, societal, cultural, environmental, digital and academic. Infrastructure is also a way of thinking about the world, which comes with certain predispositions and values.

The day and a half Humane Infrastructures event Humane Infrastructures brings together leading scholars, experts, university administrators, politicians and community members to consider and outline how we can build long-term human/humanities-driven capacity to collaboratively critique, imagine, design and build civic and academic infrastructures at scale. The workshop will both be content-driven (specific research projects, ideas, practices, cases, challenges, perspectives) and high-level (strategy, policy, capacity, leadership).

A central concern for Humane Infrastructures is how to mobilize humanistic/human knowledge at scale, in particular in relation to the socio-technological systems and infrastructures – including AI, search engines, urban infrastructure, supply chains, academic infrastructure, medical technology and environmental data– that play such an important role in our lives and societies.

The program will be structured around 1) major challenges (e.g. homelessness, climate change) and themes (e.g. AI, ‘smart’ cities, the quantified human, online platforms, the academic lifeworld, innovation logic), 2) a toolbox (e.g. critical making, designing for difference, algorithmic intervention/auditing, terraforming, mutualistic systems design, and staying with the trouble), and 3) a set of concrete examples and theoretical issues.

These challenges and themes are all impacted by resolutely humanist concerns, i.e. the relations between what we make, build, and transform as humans, and how we make, build, and transform ourselves. The practices and perspectives in the toolkit speak explicit to these relations, and give us new ways to acknowledge, denaturalize, respond, and impact them.

Curator: Patrik Svensson, UCLA (psvensson@ucla.edu). Event team leader: Francesca Albrezzi, UCLA (falbrezzi@ucla.edu).

The workshop "Humane Infrastructures" is carried out together with the UCLA Royce Humanities Group.

The workshop is sponsored by UCLA Humanities Division, the Office of the UCLA Vice Chancellor of Research, the Institute for Digital Research and Education, the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering, and the UC Humanities Research Institute.