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


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Fabricating 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.

Contributors: Klaus Dittrich, Irma Hadzalic, Frederik Herman, Enric Novella, Ira Plein, Françoise Poos, Karin Priem, and Angelo Van Gorp.
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Karin Priem is Professor of History of Education and Head of Public History at the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C2DH, University of Luxembourg). Her publications and interdisciplinary research focus on social, cultural-material, economic, and educational history.
Frederik Herman is lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (PH FHNW). He has published widely on topics such as school culture, materialities of schooling, psychophysiology, vocational training, and cultural learning.
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Part 1: Modeling Subjectivities

1 Machines, Masses, and Metaphors: The Visual Making of Industrial Work(ers) in Interwar Luxembourg
Ira Plein
2 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
Françoise Poos
3 Buddhism, Business, and Red-Cross Diplomacy: Aline Mayrisch de Saint-Hubert’s Journeys to East Asia in the Interwar Period
Klaus Dittrich

Part 2: Mapping Bodies and Senses

4 “Sensuous Geographies” in the “Age of Steel”: Educating Future Workers’ Bodies in Time and Space (1900–1940)
Karin Priem and Frederik Herman
5 The Eye of the Machine: Labor Sciences and the Mechanical Registration of the Human Body
Frederik Herman and Karin Priem

Part 3: Engineering Social Change

6 Germs, Bodies, and Selves: Tuberculosis, Social Government, and the Promotion of Health-Conscious Behavior in the Early Twentieth Century
Enric Novella
7 Transatlantic Iron Connections: Education, Emotion, and the Making of a Productive Workforce in Minas Gerais, Brazil (ca. 1910–1960)
Irma Hadzalic
8 Requiem for Gary: Cultivating Wasteland in and beyond the “Age of Steel”
Angelo Van Gorp

All interested in the social, educational, cultural-material, technological, and economic transformations of modern industrialist societies and related technologies of mediatization, mechanization, and scientification at the beginning of the twentieth century.
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