Learning Inquiry

, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp 111–114 | Cite as

Introducing learning infrastructures: invisibility, context, and governance

  • Jeremy HunsingerEmail author

The call for papers for this special issue of Learning Inquiryrequested submissions that asked authors to consider learning infrastructures in the social sciences. I intended learning infrastructures as a double entendre. The first meaning was to question what are the infrastructures of learning and to develop answers to the question, “what infrastructures does learning require in our contemporary world?” The second meaning of learning infrastructures was to question how we learn about infrastructures in the social sciences. There is a tension between those meanings which highlights this tension as one of the central problems of infrastructure studies. Infrastructure studies as a field has the thesis of invisibility. The invisibility thesis is that infrastructure fades from our vision and memories and accordingly fades as a research topic as it becomes naturalized and culturalized to become part of the background operations of our everyday life; simply put, infrastructure becomes...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Digital Discourse and CultureVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityBlacksburgUSA

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