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The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum and “The Romance of Technological Progress”

Michael J. Neufeld

In April 1981, the most widely read English language journal in the history of technology, Technology and Culture , published Michal McMahon's “The Romance of Technological Progress: A Critical Review of the National Air and Space Museum.” In his

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Space, Place and Gender in German Cultural Zionism

Paula Winkler on the Jewish Home

Rose Stair

, I argue that the Zionist writings of Paula Winkler subtly challenge many of the binaries assumed by her peers by foregrounding the role of women and the domestic sphere. Asserting the centrality of shared physical space for the creation and

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Dislocating contested space

Resource competition, cultural technologies and migrant space in Milan’s Chinatown

Kevin Latham

This paper explores the need to understand the cultural aspects of the production of space and the use of communications technologies in the Chinatown area of Milan, Italy, centred on Via Paolo Sarpi just to the northeast of the city centre. I argue that although we can understand some aspects of this space and Chinese migrants’ production of it in terms of the history of Chinese, largely Wenzhounese, migration with its associated social and economic models and practices, in order to understand the dynamic negotiation of space in the restrictively controlled Via Paolo Sarpi we need also to incorporate the cultural use of contemporary communications technologies – smartphones in particular – into that understanding.

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Creating Spaces of Music Asylum in Ethnically Divided Contexts

Young People's Accounts from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Sri Lanka

Gillian Howell and Solveig Korum

this question through analysis of empirical data from music activities in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Sri Lanka. We argue that key approaches to the music activities play a critical role in changing the participants’ experience of the space and that

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Space, Place, and Agency in the Roe 8 Highway Protest, Western Australia

Danielle Brady

Spaces of Protest The Australian environmental movement has its origins in 1960s wildlife conservation but has grown to encompass diverse concerns ranging from species extinction to climate change ( Lines 2006 ; Rootes 2015 ). The protest

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Flights of Fancy and the Dissolution of Shakespearean Space-Time in Angela Carter's Nights at the Circus

Kate Myers

than philological echoing through space and time’. 2 It preserves texts but as new creations, hatched into new afterlives but haunted by their origins. Literary transition is a defining feature in the work of both William Shakespeare and Angela Carter

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A mutable space

Identity in the ruins of a polyethnic town camp, Outback Australia

Alana Brekelmans

As that which troubles simplistic binaries, ruins provide an entry point for scholars to conceptualize time, space, and identity as multiple, fragmented, and mutable. Th is article contributes to these studies by interrogating Australian settler-colonial time-space narratives (chronotopes) of White dominance through engagement with counter-narratives of mutable materialities and identities. Through ethnography of a commemorative event in a rural Australian town, I show how peoples of mixed Aboriginal and Asian descent negotiated racialized ruins to reassert narrative agency. I argue narratives of identity—when reremembered through spatial understandings of multiple community membership, re-lived through embodied experiences, and re-collected through affective engagement with ruins—create a mutable space to disrupt settler-colonial chronotopes, revealing narratives of hybrid, polyethnic, and polyracial belongings in Australia.

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Social Space, Technology, and Consumer Culture at the Grands Magasins Dufayel

Brian Wemp

The Grands Magasins Dufayel, a huge department store built on the northern fringe of late nineteenth-century Paris, had an important cultural influence on the city's working class. In a neighborhood with few public spaces, it provided a consumer version of the public square. It encouraged workers to approach shopping as a social activity, just as the bourgeoisie did at the famous department stores in central Paris. Like the bourgeois stores, it helped transform consumption from a personal transaction between customer and merchant into an unmediated relationship between consumer and goods. Through advertising the store portrayed itself as a space where the working-class visitor could participate in new and exciting forms of entertainment and technology. Its unique instore cinema and exhibits of inventions like X-ray machines and the gramophone created a new kind of urban space that celebrated the close relationship between technology and consumer culture.

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How Should Historians Talk about Spatial Agency?

Paul Stock

What Does Space Do? In recent years, it has become commonplace to argue that space is an important topic in the humanities and social sciences. 1 But how has this affected the discipline of history? Historical scholarship, it hardly needs to

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“Welcome to Divinity College”

Subjectification in Pilgrimage to the Iran-Iraq War Battlefields in Contemporary Iran

Mahshid Zandi

assumed subjectivities of RN visitors to the Iran-Iraq War battlefields, this article shows why RN is envisioned by the Islamic Republic (IR) as a pedagogical means for subject-formation, and, moreover, how space and subjectivity are co-produced at the