Material Struggles: A Symposium on Histories of Infrastructure in the U.S.

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Material Struggles: A Symposium on Histories of Infrastructure in the U.S.

A Symposium on Histories of Infrastructure in the United States

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MUNK SCHOOL OF GLOBAL AFFAIRS, OBSERVATORY SITE 315 Bloor Street West Toronto, ON M5S 1W7 Canada

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Recent political debates have focused on the role of physical infrastructure as a key driver of growth, stability and an equitable society in America for this generation and those to come. Infrastructure in the American context includes roads, bridges, telecommunication systems, electrical grids and vital public health interventions such as water pipe construction. This event will draw on themes from the disciplines of history, sociology, economics and media studies to explore the origins and evolution of American infrastructure and its impacts on the development of American society and especially persistent racial and ethnic inequities.

Our speakers include:

Edson Severnini (Carnegie Mellon University)

Isaiah Ellis (University of Toronto)

Orit Halpern (Technische Universität Dresden)

Keynote: Yuriko Furuhata (McGill University), Moderated by Deborah Cowen (University of Toronto)

Organized by the Centre for the Study of the United States, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy and co-sponsored by the Cinema Studies Institute, Urban Studies Program, McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology, Department of History, Department of Economics, Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, School of Cities and Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto.