Seminar – Accommodating algorithms

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Seminar

Accommodating algorithms: Rules, regularities, and infrastructural power in municipal traffic management

Dynamics of Energy, Mobility and Demand (DEMAND) Centre

Wednesday, 21 February 2018 – D72 FASS meeting room 11

Accommodating algorithms: Rules, regularities, and infrastructural power in municipal traffic management

Seminar delivered by DEMAND visitor Susann Wagenknecht, University of Siegen, Germany

In scripting the stop and go of urban mobility, traffic infrastructures are shaped by federal laws and legally-binding engineering guidelines and by the temporalities of urban life. This talk, based on an ethnographic study of municipal traffic engineering, examines the planning and maintenance of traffic lights and their algorithms as a means of investigating infrastructural power. I argue that while traffic infrastructures matter for urban mobility, their capacity to do so is intricately interwoven with mobility practices, existing and envisioned.

Further information about the seminar is available via the DEMAND Centre website or if you are interested in joining this seminar remotely, please email s.gristwood@lancaster.ac.uk

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