Wed 01 December

The Age of Railways - how the invention of trains shaped European society

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Multidisciplinary
Place
House of European History

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L’âge du chemin de fer – Comment l’invention du train a façonné la société européenne

Description

This online event is part of the Europalia TRAINS AND TRACKS festival, organised to celebrate the European Year of Rail, 2021.

The invention of trains during the nineteenth century in Europe contributed to industrialisation and urbanisation, and allowed for the rapid movement of goods and people. As railroads crossed borders, long distance travel became possible for all social classes, resulting in mass transit, migration and tourism.

How did the invention of the railway transform space and time? What role did trains play in the emancipation of women during this period? Can rail transport play a part in today’s fight against climate change?

During this online debate, researchers, historians and scholars will explore these topics by examining the social, economic and cultural impact of trains and railways on European societies and culture, from the second half of the nineteenth century to the present day. Join us for a lively discussion and take part in the debate with your own questions and comments.

Featuring:

Andrea Giuntini - Associate Professor of Economic History, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia
Anna Despotopoulou - Professor of English Literature and Culture at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Jan Musekamp - Visiting Associate Professor at the Department of History and European Studies Center, University of Pittsburgh.
Marie-Noëlle Polino - Responsible for heritage and public history projects at the SNCF (French national railway).

Moderator: Kieran Burns, Curator at the House of European History

Introduction by Constanze Itzel, Museum Director of the House of European History.

Language: English

Andrea Giuntini - Associate Professor of Economic History Anna Despotopoulou - Professor of English Literature and Culture Jan Musekamp - Visiting Associate Professor at the Department of History and European Studies Center, University of Pittsburgh. Marie-Noëlle Polino - Responsible for heritage and public history projects at the SNCF (French national railway).

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Opening

Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at 6:00 PM

Timetable

Wednesday, December 1, 2021 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Place

Prices

Free

Target audience

Youth 15-18 yr.
Seniors
Teachers

Languages

English

Organiser

House of European History