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Entangled Commons. Shifting Infrastructures of Sociality toward Visionary Pragmatic Lifeworlds [UrbAn] 
Aylin Yildirim Tschoepe (University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland)
Carolin Genz (Humboldt-University of Berlin)
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Lucilla Barchetta (University Cà Foscari of Venice)
Alain Müller (University of Basel)
Peter Froggatt Centre (PFC), 02/017
Friday 29 July, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

Pandemic experiences influence infrastructures of sociality and potentiate social and spatial injustice. We collaboratively search for paths toward visionary pragmatic lifeworlds, taking entangled commons as commitment to coexistence, diversity, inclusion, and a critical look at (un)common sense.

Long Abstract:

Collective and individual experiences during and beyond times of confinement and contagion contribute to the (re)structuring of spaces, bodies, and ecologies as constitutive elements of infrastructures of sociality. During such times of crises, inequalities, intersectional differences, and spatial injustice are potentiated as well as invisibilized. The current pandemic shows the need for collective action with attention to marginalized groups and diverse bodies in precarious situations. Emerging and changing infrastructures of sociality do not substitute or translate physical spaces, bodies, ecologies into digital ones; rather, they add complexity to questions of inclusion and access to commons (Stavrides 2014, 2019) and their fluid boundaries and thresholds.

On a hopeful note, "visionary pragmatism" (Cole 2016) has the potential to inspire and provoke new ways of co-producing knowledge and action in times of crisis. Through transdisciplinary research, we begin to understand changes in infrastructures of sociality in context with entangled commons, and collaboratively search for paths toward visionary pragmatic lifeworlds. Entangled commons emerge with a commitment to coexistence, ecologies and spaces shared among human and non-human participants as part of "urban assemblages" (Farías & Bender 2010), a critical look at (un)common sense, and reflections on preconceived notions of normalcy. One way to grapple with entangled commons is through their potentiality for diversity and inclusion as they span various realms to which infrastructures of sociality shift to.

We invite contributions that engage with various aspects of entangled commons and infrastructures of sociality and explore these in context with visionary pragmatic approaches. Multimodal work, inter-/transdisciplinary collaborations, and action research is particularly encouraged.

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Session 1 Friday 29 July, 2022, -