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September 23, 2022

Repair Stories: Why a Right to Repair matters...

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Zoom (by registration)
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"Repair Stories: Why a Right to Repair matters for our things, for ourselves, and for our world"

Presented by Alissa Centivany as part of the FIMS Seminar Series.

All are welcome to attend. Contact Karen Kueneman for the Zoom link at

Abstract: Everything breaks, deteriorates, and falls apart eventually. This is not a condemnation, a failure, or a fluke but rather a simple, inescapable fact of existence. Within cycles of creation and destruction, repair is nestled like a dormant little balloon – if we breathe life into it, we can expand and prolong the cycle, keep things aloft a little longer and, perhaps, make the landings a little gentler. Repair is a response to, an effort to resist, and possibly even reverse (for a time) the ineluctable gravity of breakdown. But our ability to engage in repair work is increasingly under threat. This talk will identify and discuss contemporary impediments to repair and the “right to repair” movement that has emerged in response. Drawing also upon repair stories gathered through qualitative interviews, this talk will illustrate why the right to repair is critical ... for our things, for ourselves, and for our world.

Faculty of Information and Media Studies
Karen Kueneman

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