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Heuristic Repair: Time to Fix I 
Ferdinand de Jong
Francisco Martínez (Tampere University)
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Tamta Khalvashi (Ilia State University)
Mathematics & Physics Teaching Centre (MAPTC), 0G/006
Thursday 28 July, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

Addressing the crises of our time, people of different backgrounds have adopted 'repair' as a method that seeks transformation through a fixing gesture, reconfiguring received concepts of time and politics, as well as orientations towards the future in ways that we shall examine in this panel.

Long Abstract:

This panel examines 'repair' as a heuristic of social processes. We analyse the conditions of possibility for the current ethos to repair - as an intervention that gives hope that what is lost can somehow be redeemed. As a form of care, repair is sometimes framed as a mechanical intervention and at other times understood as a form of healing that addresses personal and collective traumas. There are similarities, correspondences and isomorphisms in these diverse applications of the concept. Repair can be conceived in ethical and aesthetic registers and bring out their implication with one another. The openness of the concept allows us to attune to the requirements of the age, but also demands conceptual scrutiny.

Here, we are interested in the current Zeitgeist around repair - as a concept and as a practice. The etymology of repair posits that the word is derived from the Latin parāre, the idea of making ready and preparing anew. As Reeves-Evison and Rainey (2018: 2) state: 'Like renovation and restoration, an act of repair also holds the future in its sights, but this future is not treated as the receptacle for an ideal situated in the past.' So, if repair does not imply a return to an original state or preconceived future, how should the temporality of repair be construed? How do renewal and reconstruction recognize the failure that left the object in a state of repair? And recognizing the damage done, how does one trace futurity in the open-endedness of repair?

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Session 1 Thursday 28 July, 2022, -