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Neue Publikation: Fabricating Modern Societies: Education, Bodies, and Minds in the Age of Steel

Series: Studies in Global Social History, Volume: 37

Publikation FabricatingModernSocieties.jpgFabricating Modern Societies: Education, Bodies, and Minds in the Age of Steel, edited by Karin Priem and Frederik Herman, offers new interdisciplinary and transnational perspectives on the history of industrialization and societal transformation in early twentieth-century Luxembourg. The individual chapters focus on how industrialists addressed a large array of challenges related to industrialization, borrowing and mixing ideas originating in domains such as corporate identity formation, mediatization, scientification, technological innovation, mechanization, capitalism, mass production, medicalization, educationalization, artistic production, and social utopia, while competing with other interest groups who pursued their own goals. The book looks at different focus areas of modernity, and analyzes how humans created, mediated, and interacted with the technospheres of modern societies.

Editors: Karin Priem and Frederik Herman


  • Karin Priem and Frederik Herman: Introduction
  • Ira Plein: Machines, Masses, and Metaphors: The Visual Making of Industrial Work(ers) in Interwar Luxembourg
  • Françoise Poos: Photography as a Space for Constructing Subjectivities: Luxembourg’s Steel Dynasties and the Modern Workforce as Seen through the Glass Plate Negatives from the Institut Emile Metz
  • Klaus Dittrich: Buddhism, Business, and Red-Cross Diplomacy: Aline Mayrisch de Saint-Hubert’s Journeys to East Asia in the Interwar Period
  • Karin Priem and Frederik Herman: “Sensuous Geographies” in the “Age of Steel”: Educating Future Workers’ Bodies in Time and Space (1900–1940)
  • Frederik Herman and Karin Priem: The Eye of the Machine: Labor Sciences and the Mechanical Registration of the Human Body
  • Enric Novella: Germs, Bodies, and Selves: Tuberculosis, Social Government, and the Promotion of Health-Conscious Behavior in the Early Twentieth Century
  • Irma Hadzalic: Transatlantic Iron Connections: Education, Emotion, and the Making of a Productive Workforce in Minas Gerais, Brazil (ca. 1910–1960)
  • Angelo Van Gorp: Requiem for Gary: Cultivating Wasteland in and beyond the “Age of Steel”

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