Events

Our virtual and in-person events bring together workers, thinkers, scholars, activists, and all types of maintenance enthusiasts. Please feel free to browse our past events, and stay tuned on upcoming ones by signing up to our mailing list and following us on Twitter.

Conferences

Maintainers III: 2019

The third in a series of conferences that celebrates and unpacks the concepts of maintenance, infrastructure, repair, and the myriad forms of labor and expertise that sustain our human-built world.

Maintainers II: 2017

Maintainers I: 2016

Virtual Events

Information Maintainers April 2021 Meeting

We were joined by Lidia Ponce de la Vega, Hispanic Studies Ph.D. Candidate at McGill University. Her presentation focused on the case study of the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) and discussing the possibilities for decolonizing online archives by exploring topics of human and nonhuman representation, diversity and inclusion, and equitable archival practices.

Information Maintainers March 2021 Meeting

This month we continue to explore art and maintenance- we are joined by Lauren Callis, co-founder and executive director of Curiosity Studio, An Upcycled Closet , and art therapist. Her art practice is in painting and fiber arts. Lauren will be speaking with us about garment mending and the maintenance of this traditional skill set, made all the more important as more people seek to consume less and also connect more with their immediate personal worlds.

Information Maintainers February 2021 Meeting

Interdisciplinary artist Elisabeth Nicula discussed the maintenance of her artistic practice and archives. Elisabeth is from Norfolk, Virginia, and her artwork is in conversation with nature. She is interested in seeing and being seen by the non-human world; abstracted scales of space and time; and poetics and memory.

Information Maintainers November 2020 Meeting

This month’s conversation is about documentation, with special guest Kaitlin Newson! We’ll get into the actions, routines, and communities that are needed to support and maintain the documentation needs of information systems, from someone who’s a leader in making such work happen in decentralized, open-source environments.

Information Maintainers October 2020 Meeting

Our meeting focused on information maintenance frameworks for Indigenous data sovereignty and the preservation of Indigenous cultural knowledge. Our panel of speakers represented perspectives from across the continuum of information maintenance, from Public Health to Librarianship, to Indigenous data governance.

Information Maintainers September 2020 Meeting

The Information Maintainers is an open community dedicated to supporting the maintenance of information and those who manage, maintain, and preserve information systems. On September 25, we held our monthly meeting where we eschewed our usual guest-speaker structure to spend some time learning about information maintenance frameworks for Indigenous data sovereignty and the preservation of Indigenous cultural knowledge.

Future of Work

In the last few years, both popular and academic outlets have been paying renewed attention to the relationship between technology and work. Often framed through the so-called “future of work,” questions focus on how technological change shapes organizational change and whether new technologies will lead to unemployment and depressed wages.

Measuring Maintenance

Through an alternative set of measurements to quantify the cost of a basic household budget, the ALICE team is able to demonstrate how many households are currently Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed – which happens to be a staggering proportion of people in the United States.

Information Maintainers August 2020 Meeting

The Information Maintainers is an open community dedicated to supporting the maintenance of information and those who manage, maintain, and preserve information systems. On August 21, 2020, we spent our monthly meeting exploring the intersection of digital preservation and open-source software. Our speaker was digital preservation domain expert, and full-stack developer, Ross Spencer.

Social Care: Maintaining Each Other

This virtual discussion focuses on social care and what maintainers can learn from more formal care relationships. We explored various dimensions of social care – such as paid and unpaid assistance for children, adults, and the elderly.

The Gig Economy: A Precarious Form of Maintenance

This discussion covered the concept of “gig economy” and maintenance. Gig workers (shoppers, drivers, etc) sustain daily life, and as such have been recognized as “essential workers.” But this dependence on gig workers raises an important question: what steps do companies, governments, and individuals take to maintain gig workers – or, in other words, to ensure that this form of labor is sustainable? This discussion featured two experts on gig economies in the United States and Europe.