Historische Technikakzeptanz – als kontextualisierende Technikzukunftsforschung am Fallbeispiel der T1-Duplexklasse der Pennsylvania Railroad, 1942–1951

Jan 14th, 2015 | By | Category: Featured Articles, Mobility, Sociohistorical analysis, Topics

The essay presents the brief history of the last technological development of the steam age on US railroad tracks: the T1 duplex class of the Pennsylvania Railroad, 1942–1951. Referring to the methods of today’s technological assessment, the article is questioning a teleological interpretation of the last US passenger tratin steam locomotive as a failing innovation.

Kriegsbezogene Technikfantasien zwischen 1871 und 1914

Okt 24th, 2012 | By | Category: Mobility, Sociohistorical analysis, Topics

This essay is supposed to answer the purpose of examining reflections about the technological development of war machinery between the end of the Franco-Prussian War and the beginning of the First World War. The use of technologically evolved weapons in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870/71 and other wars in the aftermath were observed critically and led to various opinions about the form of war to be. These were expressed in contemporary literature like pamphlets, scientific papers and science fiction novels. These will be analysed for imprints of technophobia, technophilia or fascination with technology. As this paper will point out, all three elements can be found in the corpus of literature consulted for this topic. Besides reflections on already existing and only enhanced weapons like guns or cannons, also technology not yet used in war like ironclads or airplanes and its impacts on future war are covered in the works chosen for this essay.

Automobilkultur in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland – 50er und 60er Jahre

Aug 12th, 2010 | By | Category: Mobility, Sociohistorical analysis, Topics

The article deals with the impact of automobile-culture between the 1950s and the 1970s in Germany. The progress of ‚Automobilism’ has pat-terned every-day-life and culture in the Federal Republic of Germany as intensively as the development of auto-industry in the couintry has influenced the economy. West-Germany became in this period highly dependent on the auto-economy, and became a modern ‚car-society’.

Drehkreuze der Globalisierung

Mrz 2nd, 2010 | By | Category: Mobility, Spatial concepts, Topics

Airports are powerful institutions and infrastructures defining and shaping the relations and connectivities of a world of flows and mobilities. They are ‘glocal infrastructures’, built interfaces on the thresholds of terri-torial and global scales. The talk of fundamental airport dependencies signals a new wave in the transport-driven modernisation of society and the economy. Political controversies over the whys and wherefores of giant airports rage in the very centre of the ‘mobile risk society’, not on the periphery. At few other social “loci” do the local and the global interface so tangibly as at the great transfer points of international air traf-fic in London, Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, or Madrid. This, it has been noted, has fundamentally changed the character of mobility politics and mobility policies. It has brought about and it propels ‘glocalisation’ and global interdependencies.

Fortschritt als Fraktur im frühen Science Fiction Film. Metaphorologische Überlegungen zu Auf- und Einbrüchen in LE VOYAGE DANS LA LUNE und LE VOYAGE À TRAVERS L`IMPOSSIBLE von G. Méliès

Sep 24th, 2009 | By | Category: Mobility, Topics, Transcultural analysis

Fantasies of man travelling into space form a main part of the popular movie genre ‘Science Fiction’. These celluloid visions are not only fantasies of improving transport, they also convey a meaning in a figurative sense. They can be seen as a modern adoption of one of humanities oldest metaphors, ‘life as a sea fare voyage’: the meaning, which was once expressed by this ‘nautical metaphor’, has been transferred and can nowadays be found in films, which show astro-nauts crossing the frontier from known space into the unknown space. In order to conclude on their attitude towards technological progress in the early 20th century, the two oldest space travel movies, Le Voyage dans la Lune (F 1902) and Le Voyage a Travers L’Impossible (F 1904) will be analyzed.

Identifikationsmerkmal Automobil bzw. Identifikation und Nutzen. Die theoretisch-emotionale Bedeutung des Autos

Jun 22nd, 2009 | By | Category: Mobility, Sociohistorical analysis, Topics

The time when a car was used for the purpose of transportation only has probably never been. After its invention when such a machine was still hard to handle the thoughts about cars quickly moved from dangerous devils that should never be used to objects of freedom, safety and speed. They expressed wealth, status and independence and people started not only to want a car but soon enough also to differentiate between brands, models and styling. Now the question is not only how the car influenced modern life but also what the car – including its meaning and general understanding which it developed over the past – made of people. How much does a person identify with the own car, which is far more than just property?

Mobility extended

Mrz 19th, 2009 | By | Category: Mobility, Topics, Transcultural analysis

Mobility today comprises not just being mobile in a traditional sense. It is linked with a range of sociocultural facets to be considered in connection with it, alongside with the specific contemporaneous mythology that led to its rise. All that will be lined out in the following, opening up new perspectives and directions for further research.

Topic “Mobility”

Feb 9th, 2009 | By | Category: Mobility, Topics

Mobility is a polarizing subject that invites social commentary and stimulates political controversy.
On one hand it is highly valued by members of industrialized Western societies who devote considerable social energy (and much primary energy) to develop and maintain. On the other hand the economic and social costs of mobility have come into focus as well as the risks connected with it. Social and physical mobility are overlapping concepts and their interchangability may be confusing yet it can be rewarding to explore the different strata and facets of this field.

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