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Public Transport in the Americas: Mobility and Transatlantic Scientific Exchanges
Featuring lectures by Andra B. Chastain (Washington State University Vancouver) and Dhan Zunino Singh (National University of Quilmes), this is the third event in a four-part lecture series on “Mobilities and Migration across the Americas,” organized by Albert Manke (Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington at the University of California, Berkeley) and Mario Peters (GHI Washington). The series aims at providing a platform for engaging and inspiring interdisciplinary debates by bringing together scholars from Latin America and the Caribbean, Anglo-America, and Europe.

In this session, historian Andra B. Chastain will discuss the history of the metro system in Santiago de Chile where French-Chilean collaboration played an important role. Shaped by local and global Cold War dynamics and the social and cultural history of the city, she argues that the metro was a hybrid system, a result of French prestige and funding as well as decades of Chilean research and promotion.

Sociologist and historian Dhan Zunino Singh will address the introduction of underground railway systems for urban public transport in Boston and Buenos Aires in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries from a cultural-historical and transnational perspective. Analyzing the circulation and reception of ideas, capital, experts, technologies, and materials, he reconsiders the role of external forces in the making of local mobilities. Both presenters will explore the place of national and international expertise and invite us to understand mobility infrastructure projects as attempt

Co-sponsored by the Institute of European Studies; Global, International & Area Studies; the Center for Latin American Studies (all at UC Berkeley); The Maria Sibylla Merian Center for Advanced Latin American Studies (CALAS); Mecila: Maria Sibylla Merian Centre Conviviality-Inequality in Latin America; and the The International Research Training Group (IRTG) "Temporalities of Future."

Mar 26, 2021 09:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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