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Tecnoscienza - Italian Journal of Science and Tecnologies Studies CfP - Infrastructured Timescapes of the Anthropocene and Climate Change [Deadline for abstract submissions: July 15th, 2022]

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Tecnoscienza - Italian Journal of Science and Tecnologies Studies 
invites contributio for the special issue: "Infrastructured Timescapes 
of the Anthropocene and Climate Change"

Guest Editors:
Asher Boersma (University of Konstanz, Germany)
Olivier Chanton (IRSN, France)
Claudio Coletta (University of Bologna, Italy)

_*Deadline for abstract submissions: July 15th, 2022*_

Time and temporality are inherently part of the concepts of “crisis”, 
“risk”, and “transition”. Amid the “great acceleration” (Steffen et al. 
2015) and the scenarios outlined by IPCC reports, the precarious 
agreement of the COP meetings, the pressing demands for climate justice 
and the phasing-out of fossil fuels, the intrusion of Gaia (Stengers 
2013; Latour 2017) grants temporal issues with a new relevance for STS. 
As Bensaude-Vincent (2021) pointed out, the actual debate on the 
Anthropocene still emphasizes the ‘Anthropos’ and the human 
exceptionalism over the ‘Kainos’ (epoch) and its time multiplicity. The 
Special Issue seeks to address this asymmetry by exploring the 
heterogeneous, co-existing, clashing, uneven, and materially organized 
temporalities of the Anthropocene and Climate Change. The aim being to 
unfold their timescapes (Adam 1998), their polychronic and 
more-than-human existence, where modern linear time is but one account 
among many others.

First, the timescape of the Anthropocene and the one of Climate Change 
seem to bring specific ‘time-frames of reference’ conducive to different 
forms of political engagement (Nordblad 2021). Plus, such timescapes are 
infrastructured, with infrastructures becoming key sites for time 
production and extraction (Mitchell 2020), allowing or hindering 
navigation across the past, present and future at varying paces and 
tempo. Finally, since the Anthropocene and Climate Change are temporally 
infrastructured, the adaptation and mitigation actions undergo time 
leaks, glitches, delays and accelerations as well as interferences that 
require new forms of temporal care to be monitored, managed, maintained, 
governed, understood.

The Call invites papers addressing the infrastructured timescapes of the 
Anthropocene and Climate Change as shaped by different and materially 
organized modes of time production and temporal work, including 
technoscientific knowledge, climate governance, political actions and 
social movements, (digital) infrastructures, as well as maintenance & 
repair and care practices. We welcome theoretical, empirical and 
methodological contributions on topics including (but not limited to) 
the following:

-      The “vast machine” of technoscientific work, computer modeling 
and scenarios to define the Earth’s time horizons (Edwards 2013; 
Hirsbrunner 2021); the making of the “ends of the world” (Danowski and 
Viveiros de Castro 2017); the emerging approaches to deal with risk in 
critical infrastructure settings, such as the regulatory regimes based 
on hybrid temporalities adopted in the nuclear energy sector; the 
“deep-time reckoning” practices (Ialenti 2020) the geoengineering 
endeavours vis à vis the temporality of non-human entities and species 
(e.g. nuclear waste management, GHG, etc.).

-      The rhythms, timelines and deadlines set by climate governance at 
transnational, national and urban scales, translated across situated 
variations and interests; the frictions between near-time actions and 
long-term planning; the momentum and the urgency enacted by climate 
movements to update the agenda with radical temporalities and hopes.

-      The temporalities of more-than-human ecological reparation 
(Ghelfi and Papadopoulos 2021), including futures best served by human 
inaction, drawing on “the mastery of non-mastery” (Taussig 2020) - where 
at times not intervention (e.g. planting trees), but restraint and 
patience may be the best route to regeneration. Or the decolonized forms 
of care, such as indigenous landscape and ecosystem cultivation through 

-      The increasingly experimental and digitally infrastructured 
nature of ecological transitions, especially in urban settings. The 
repurposing of the smart urbanism big data assemblage towards 
mission-driven climate-neutral futures, and the new “timescape of smart 
cities” (Kitchin 2019).  The interferences and interactions between the 
dashboardization of everyday life (Tkacz 2021), urban management 
(Mattern 2015) and the climate governance.

-      The non-terrestrial or amphibious timescapes where 
infrastructural reparation, redesign, and retreat are modelled, planned, 
and practiced. Whereas these follow reactive and anticipatory patterns 
there are also spatiotemporal shifts ruthlessly enforced, both new like 
the opening of the Arctic (Howe 2022) and the rise of deep sea mining 
(Childs 2020), and older ones like the extraction of fossil fuels 
(Kaposy 2017).

Deadline for abstract submissions: July 15th, 2022

Abstracts (in English) with a maximum length of 500 words should be sent 
as email attachments to and carbon 
copied to the guest editors. Notification of acceptance will be 
communicated by the end of July 2022.  Full papers (in English with a 
maximum length of 8,000 words including notes and references) will be 
due by November 30th 2022 and will be subject to a double-blind peer 
review process. We expect to publish the special issue in 2023.

For information and questions, please contact:

Claudio Coletta,


Adam, Barbara (1998) Timescapes of Modernity: The Environment and 
Invisible Hazards, London, Routledge.

Bensaude-Vincent, Bernadette (2021) Rethinking Time in Response to the 
Anthropocene: From Timescales to Timescapes, in “The Anthropocene 
Review”, April 2021, pp. 1-14.

Childs, John (2020) Extraction in Four Dimensions: Time, Space and the 
Emerging Geo(-)politics of Deep-Sea Mining, in “Geopolitics”, 25 (2), 
pp. 189–213.

Danowski, Déborah and Viveiros de Castro, Eduardo B. (2017) The Ends of 
the World, Cambridge, Polity Press.

Edwards, Paul N. (2013) A Vast Machine: Computer Models, Climate Data, 
and the Politics of Global Warming, Cambridge, The MIT Press.

Ghelfi, Andrea and Papadopoulos, Dimitris (2021) Ecological Transition: 
What It Is and How to Do It. Community Technoscience and Green 
Democracy, in “Tecnoscienza”, 12 (2), pp.13-38.

Hirsbrunner, Simon D. (2021) A New Science for Future: Climate Impact 
Modeling and the Quest for Digital Openness, Bielefeld, transcript Verlag.

Howe, Cymene (2022) To Melt Away: Abstractive Sensations in Ice, in A. 
Mason (ed.), Arctic Abstractive Industry: Assembling the Valuable and 
Vulnerable North, New York, Berghahn.

Ialenti, Vincent (2020) Deep Time Reckoning: How Future Thinking Can 
Help Earth Now, Cambridge, The MIT Press.

Kaposy, Tim (2017) Petroleum’s Longue Durée: Writing Oil’s Temporalities 
into History, in S. Wilson, A. Carlson, and I. Szeman (eds.), 
Petrocultures: Oil, Politics, Culture, Montreal, McGill-Queen’s 
University Press, pp. 389–405.

Kitchin, Rob (2019) The Timescape of Smart Cities, in “Annals of the 
American Association of Geographers” 109 (3), pp. 775–790.

Latour, Bruno (2017) Facing Gaia: Eight Lectures on the New Climate 
Regime, Cambridge, Polity Press.

Mattern, Shannon (2015) Mission Control: A History of the Urban 
Dashboard, in “Places Journal”, online.

Mitchell, Timothy (2020) Infrastructures Work on Time, in “E-Flux”, 

Nordblad, Julia (2021) On the Difference between Anthropocene and 
Climate Change Temporalities, in “Critical Inquiry”, 47 (2), pp. 328–348.

Stengers, Isabelle (2013) Matters of Cosmopolitics: On the Provocations 
of Gaia, in Etienne Turpin (ed.), Architecture in the Anthropocene: 
Encounters among Design, Deep Time, Science and Philosophy, pp. 171–182.

Taussig, Michael (2020) Mastery of Non-Mastery in the Age of Meltdown, 
Chicago, University of Chicago Press.

Tkacz, Nathaniel (2021) Being with Data: the dashboarding of everyday 
life., Cambridge, Polity Press.

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