Blended - SILV 405
Visible and invisible technologies of different magnitudes dominate the present to an unprecented degree, deeply affecting our most personal lives. This graduate seminar focuses on the intersection of technology and power over the course of the twentieth century, primarily in Western Europe, from a multiplicity of disciplinary perspectives. Examining a wide range of technologies (rockets, robots, satellites, surveillance); the creation of transnational networks (transport, communication, energy); large-scale infrastructural mega-projects (Atlantropa, Channel tunnel, Transrapid); and the establishment of supranational research institutions and tech companies (CERN, ESA, Eurospace, Airbus), the course analyzes the making of Europe as an ongoing process of linking networks, circulating knowledge and forming technocratic elites. As the seminar integrates the discussion of competing historiographical approaches (technoscience, technopolitics, technonationalism) with the reading of important classics (Leo Marx, Blumenberg, Noble, Winner, Pickstone, Hughes, Forman), it is suitable both for master’s candidates and more advanced PhD students interested in technology, power and culture. Maximum 15 students.