Maintainers II 2017 Program
Stevens Institute of Technology
April 6–9, 2017

Wesley J. Howe Building [Campus Map]
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: Bissinger Room, 4th Floor
Saturday: Fielding Room, 3rd Floor

Art Installation—Thursday through Sunday: Rachel Ivy Clarke, Syracuse University, "The Invisible Maintenance of Bibliographic Data" [READ BLURB]

Thursday 1: 3-4:20 pm
Scott Knowles, Drexel University
“Trump the Maintainer” [READ PAPER]

Paul Kreitman, Columbia University
“Attacked by Excrement: Maintaining Nightsoil Distribution Networks in 20th century Tokyo”

Arwen Mohun, University of Delaware
“Maintaining Empire: Local Knowledge and European Technology in the Congo Free State” [READ PAPER]

Marisa Leavitt Cohn, IT University of Copenhagen
“Holding On and Letting Go: Configuring Timescapes of Infrastructural Maintenance Work” [READ PAPER]

Thursday 2: 4:40-6 pm
Jérôme Denis & David Pontille, Mines-ParisTech
“Object Ontologies and the Contrasted In/Visibilities of Maintenance Work” [READ PAPER]

Amy Gonzales and Ilana Garshon, Indiana University
“Looking for Work While Dependably Digitally Unstable”

Juris Milestone, Temple University
“The Maintainer as Exotic Other” [READ PAPER]

Melinda Hodkiewicz, Lisette Kanse, and Kathy Parkes, University of Western Australia
“Policies, Practices, and Procedures: Maintainers Talk about Their Work” [READ PAPER]

Thursday 3: 6:00-7:30 pm


Friday 1: 8:45-10:00 am
Nina Lerman, Whitman College
“Tinkering with Apprenticeship: Industrial Adaptations of Youth Training”

Amy Sue Bix, Iowa State University
“Messaging Gendered Lessons About Maintenance: Farm Equipment, Domestic Appliances, and University Expertise” [READ PAPER]

Daniel Belteki, University of Kent
“Caring for the Circle: The Maintenance of the Airy Transit Circle, 1851-1861” [READ PAPER]

Friday 2: 10:20-11 am
Peter Sachs Collopy, University of Southern California
“Democratizing Maintenance with The Spaghetti City Video Manual”

Jessica Meyerson and Chuck McClenon, University of Texas at Austin
“Campus Computing Cultures, Mainframe Retirement and Meaningful Reuse” [READ PAPER]

Friday 3: 11:15 am-12:00 pm
Dr. Angelo Ippolito, DC, LIC Chiropractic
“Chiropractors Maintain Elevator Repairmen”

Patrick Carrajat, LIR Group, Inc.
"Elevator Repairmen Maintain Elevators”

Daniel Levinson Wilk, SUNY-Fashion Institute of Technology
“Elevators Maintain Society”

Friday 3: 12:45-2:00 pm
Layne Karafantis, National Air and Space Museum & Daniel Volmar, Harvard University
“Idiot-Proofing the Air Force: Human Factors Engineering and the Crisis of Systems Maintenance” [READ PAPER]

John Dean Davis, Harvard University
“On the Angle of Repose”

John Horgan, Stevens Institute of Technology
"Will 'Disruptive' Military Innovation Make Us Safer?"

Friday 4: 2:30-3:45 pm
Corinna Schlombs, Rochester Institute of Technology
“Forgotten Workers of the Information Revolution: Women Keypunch Operators” [READ PAPERS]

David C. Brock, Computer History Museum
“Software Preservation, or, The Eternal Maintenance of Circa 1980 Floppy Disk Drive Peculiarities”

Jean-Christophe Plantin, London School of Economics and Political Science
“The Value of Maintenance in a Big Data Age: The Ethnography of a Social Science Data Processing Unit”

Bradley Fidler, UCLA
“Labor, Routing Architecture, and the End-to-End Principle”

Friday 5: 4:00-5:00 pm
Editors and contributors, including:
Lara Houston, Goldsmiths University
Steve Jackson, Cornell University
Daniela Rosner, University of Washington
Laura Forlano, Illinois Institute of Technology

Friday 6: 5:00-6:30


Saturday 1A: 9:00-10 am
Evan Hepler-Smith, Harvard University [READ PAPER]
Henri Boullier, IFRIS [READ PAPER]
Leah McEwen, Cornell University [READ PAPER]  [VIEW SLIDES]
"Transhistorical first-person reflections on science, safety, and information"

Saturday 1B: 9:00-10 am
Elizabeth Guffey, SUNY Purchase
“Wheelchairs: The Case for Care and Repair”

Laura Mauldin, University of Connecticut
“Train that Brain! Women’s Work and Children with Cochlear Implants”

Wanda Katja Liebermann, Florida Atlantic University
“Maintaining the Status Quo: Architecture and the Bureaucracy of Disabled Access”

Saturday 2A: 10:30-11:45 am
Yulia Frumer, Johns Hopkins University
“Robots, Women’s Labor and the Social Maintenance of Japan” [READ PAPER]

Donald F. Clark, Virginia Tech
“The Unfolding of Maintenance from Workplace Automation” [READ PAPER]

Bonita Carroll, University of Western Australia
“Making the Invisible Visible: Maintenance Workers in Late Modernity”

Brandon Benevento, University of Connecticut
“Maintainers in Basements: Contradictory Images of Good Work in Fictional Depictions of Corporate Upkeep”

Saturday 2B: 10:30-11:45 am
Grace Kim, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“Microbial Labor and the Maintenance of Cultural Heritage in an Italian Laboratory”

Rebecca Jablonsky, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
“The Body as a Site of Maintenance and Innovation: Gendered Labor Divisions in Wellness and Body Modification Practices” [READ PAPER]

Deanna Day, Chemical Heritage Foundation
“Infrastructures of Hope: Taking Care of Medicine in Southern California”

Saturday 3—Lunchtime Plenary: 12-1:30 pm
Timothy Johnson, University of Georgia
“Merchants of Sprout: Maintaining Yield and Jim Crow with Fertilizer”

Dan Holbrook, Marshall University
“Piles of Stuff: Haystacks, Self-Maintenance, and Discipline” [READ PAPER]

Jesse Adams Stein, University of Technology Sydney
“Keeping the Axe Workshop Going: Australian Manufacturing and the Hidden Maintenance of Traditional Practices" [READ PAPER]

Nancy Anderson, Johns Hopkins University
“Maintaining and Destroying Apartheid” [READ PAPER]

Saturday 4A: 2:15-3:30 pm
Adelheid Voskuhl, University of Pennsylvania
“Maintaining the State: Civil Service, Engineering, and Class in Pre-Industrial and Industrial Ages, 1713-1914” [READ PAPER]

Aaron Clark-Ginsburg, Stanford University and Rebecca Slayton, Cornell University
“Maintaining Cybersecurity Regulations in Critical Infrastructure” [READ PAPER]

Stephanie Steinhardt, Cornell University
“Breakdown and Repair at the Ends of Infrastructure”

Saturday 4B: 2:15-3:30 pm
Matthew Hockenberry, New York University
"Shopping for the System” [READ PAPER]

Fabian Prieto-Ñañez, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
“Repair Spaces and Technological Cannibalism in Bogota, the Athens of South America”

Shari Wolk, New York University
“The Troubles of Trouble Men”

Joshua Bell, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution and Joel Kuipers, The George Washington University
“Intimate Materialities in Cell Phone Repair: Performance, Anxiety, and Expertise in DC Repair Shops”

Saturday 5A: 4-5:15 pm
Amy Wickner, University of Maryland
“Waste, Remediation, and Maintenance in the 19th century Paris Sewer” [READ PAPER]

Ellan Spero, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Singapore University of Technology and Design
“The Diplomacy of Maintenance:  UNESCO, and the Construction and Conservation of ‘World Heritage’”

Allison Marsh, University of South Carolina
“Maintaining Museums: Examining our Crumbling Cultural Infrastructure”

Michael Steinmann, Stevens Institute of Technology
“What is Wrong with Inequality?” [READ PAPER]

Saturday 5B: 4-5:15 pm
Nick Hall, Royal Holloway University of London
“Getting it Going, Keeping it Going, and Bringing it Back to Life: Maintenance as Research Methodology”

Alicia Maggard, Brown University
“Making Goods Durable: Salvage and Repair in the Steam Navigation Industry”

Hillel Arnold, Rockefeller Archive Center
“What’s Wrong and How to Fix It: Woody Guthrie and the Maintenance of Folk Music”

Liliana Gil Sousa, New School for Social Research
“Quick-fix as Innovation? Thoughts from Brazil” [READ PAPER]


Sunday: 10 am-noon
Hugh Lester
Stevens Institute of Technology and Dewberry, Inc. [READ PAPER]

Ellyn Lester
Stevens Institute of Technology

Ben Helphand
Executive Director, NeighborSpace

Tom Arnold
CEO, Gridium, "Why Aren't the Wrenches Turning on Preventive Maintenance?" [READ PAPER]

Koen Berghmans
Independent Researcher and Invitee at the Ecole Nationale Superieure d' Architecture de Saint-Etienne

Varun Adibhatia
Founding Member, ARGO (Advanced Research in Government Operations) [READ PAPER]

Christopher Klesges
Stevens Institute of Technology

Ann Wu and Sharon Irish
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign [READ PAPER]

Kyle Wiens