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PCT19: Federation of Infrastructure Scholars in the Humanities (FISH)


This working group supports critical engagement with human infrastructure studies, especially through literature, architecture and the arts through workshops, talks and writing retreats.

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Active since: 2024

  • University of Rochester
  • Cornell University

Collaborative Goals

The goal of this working group is to establish a network of scholars working across the humanities in central New York who are working in the field loosely known as infrastructure studies. This includes the study of all human-built infrastructure: from water and power systems to transportation and communications networks. Vastly understudied and undertheorized (some say disciplinarily orphaned), infrastructure studies deserves serious critical reflection within the humanities. In addition to being omnipresent, infrastructure is all foundational to issues of racial and economic inequality as well as to climate change. Our goal is to establish a strong alliance of scholars working in these areas, ultimately providing mutual support and a collective sounding board to incubate innovative critical scholarship.

Group Organizers

Caroline Levine

David and Kathleen Ryan Professor of Humanities, Cornell University

Peter Christensen

Ani and Mark Gabrellian Director of the Humanities Center; Professor of Art History, University of Rochester


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