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

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

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”

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

Thursday 2: 4:40-6 pm
Jérôme Denis & David Pontille, Mines-ParisTech
“Work and Workers in Repair and Maintenance Studies”

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

Juris Milestone, Temple University
“The Maintainer as Exotic Other”

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

Thursday 3: 6:15-7:30 pm


Friday 1: 8:45-9:45 am
Nina Lerman, Whitman College
“Tinkering with Apprenticeship: Industrial Adaptations of Youth Training”

Renée Blackburn, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“It’s Fun to Stay Alive! Traffic Safety Consciousness in 1950s America”

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

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

Friday 2: 10-11 am
Danny Spitzberg, Peak Agency
“Welcome: How Many Hands Sustain Community Spaces”

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”

Friday 3: 11:15 am-12:15 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: 12:30-1:45 pm
Amanda Mahoney, Chemical Heritage Foundation
“The Nurse as Maintainer: U.S. Army Nurses in the China-Burma-India Theater of World War II”

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”

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: 2:30-3:30 pm
Corinna Schlombs, Rochester Institute of Technology
“Forgotten Workers of the Information Revolution: Women Keypunch Operators”

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: 3:45-5:00 pm
Lara Houston, Goldsmiths University
Steve Jackson, Cornell University
Daniela Rosner, University of Washington

Friday 6: 5:15-6:30


Saturday 1A: 8:45-10 am
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”

Saturday 1B: 8:45-10 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”

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

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”

Rijul Kochhar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“Collapse of a Horse: Prosthetics and Experimentality in a Critical Public Event”

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

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”

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

Nancy Anderson, Johns Hopkins University
“Maintaining and Destroying Apartheid”

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”

Aaron Clark-Ginsburg, University of Southern California
“Maintaining Cybersecurity Regulations in Critical Infrastructure”

Julia Bullard, University of Texas at Austin
“Tag Gardening: A Case Study of Maintenance-Oriented Knowledge Organization”

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”

Fabian Prieto-Ñañez, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
“Locating telephone repair spaces 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”

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?”

Saturday 5B: 4-5:15 pm
Evan Hepler-Smith, Harvard University
Henri Boullier, IFRIS
Leah McEwen, Cornell University
"Transhistorical first-person reflections on science, safety, and information"


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

Ellyn Lester
Stevens Institute of Technology

Ben Helphand
Executive Director, NeighborSpace

Tom Arnold
CEO, Gridium

Varun Adibhatia
Founding Member, ARGO (Advanced Research in Government Operations)

Christopher Klesges
Stevens Institute of Technology

Ann Wu and Sharon Irish
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Kyle Wiens
CEO, iFixit