Chapter 13 Working-Class Universities: Itinerant Spaces for Science, Technology and Medicine in Republican Lisbon

In: Science, Technology and Medicine in the Making of Lisbon (1840–1940)
Ana Simões
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In this chapter we explore the intersection between history of science education and urban history of science, by unveiling the networks established between the Faculty of Sciences, the Faculty of Medicine and the Technical Institute and the Free University and the Popular University in the Republican Lisbon in the first decades of the twentieth century. To this end, we highlight how science, technology and medicine permeated the urban landscape, not only in permanent but also in ephemeral spaces, connecting formal and informal higher education institutions. We look at the map of Lisbon from the standpoint of the teaching of science, technology and medicine “on the move,” taking a closer look at the circulation of teachers, associated with the University of Lisbon’s extension or outreach project, among the various locations used by the informal teaching institutions of higher learning. We underline the direct involvement of the rectors João de Almeida Lima and Pedro José da Cunha and a myriad of other teachers in their educational ventures while giving voice to a multitude of anonymous inhabitants of Lisbon, from the middle and working classes, who actively participated in them.

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