Repair Work Ethnographies – book opening

This is the invitation for an event around the new book publication ‘Repair Work Ethnographies’ that I have already announced here


Dear all,

We are delighted to announce the publication of the book “Repair Work Ethnographies: Revisiting Breakdown, Relocating Materiality” (© 2019, Palgrave Macmillan), co-edited by Ignaz Strebel, Alain Bovet and Philippe Sormani

This is the text on the back of the book:

“This multifaceted book homes in on repair as an everyday practice. Bringing together exemplary ethnographies of repair work around the world, it examines the politics of repair, its work settings and intricate networks, in and across a wide range of situations, lay and professional. The book evidences the topical relevance of situated inquiry into breakdown, repair, and maintenance for engaging with the contemporary world more broadly. Airplanes and artworks, bicycles and buildings, cars and computers, medical devices and mobile phones, as virtually any commodity, infrastructure or technical artifact, have in common their occasional breakdown, if not inbuilt obsolescence. Hence the point and purpose of closely examining how and when they are fixed.”

We would be very happy to see you at the book opening on Thursday, 2 May 2019, at 4pm, at the University of Lausanne, Building Geopolis, Room 2227.

The opening aperitif will be preceded by two interventions, by Agnieszka Joniak-Lüthi (Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Zurich and Dominique Vinck (STS Lab, University of Lausanne).

Wishing you a great weekend

Ignaz, Alain and Philippe

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