Material Struggles: A Symposium on Histories of Infrastructure in the U.S.

When and Where

Wednesday, October 19, 2022 10:30 am to 6:00 pm
Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy
315 Bloor Street West, Toronto ON M5S 1W7


include DSR postdoctoral fellow Isaiah Ellis


Recent political debates have focused on the role of physical infrastructure as a key driver of growth, stability and an equitable society in America for this generation and those to come. Infrastructure in the American context includes roads, bridges, telecommunication systems, electrical grids and vital public health interventions such as water pipe construction. This event will draw on themes from the disciplines of history, sociology, economics and media studies to explore the origins and evolution of American infrastructure and its impacts on the development of American society and especially persistent racial and ethnic inequities.

Speakers include Isaiah Ellis, Arts & Science Postdoctoral Fellow in the DSR, who will present “Masters of Sentiment: Race, Expertise, and Empire in Southern Roadbuilding.”

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Centre for the Study of the United States,Institute for the History & Philosophy of Science &Technology,Cinema Studies Institute, Department of History,Urban Studies Program,McLuhan Centre for Culture & Technology,Department of Economics,School of Cities


315 Bloor Street West, Toronto ON M5S 1W7