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Pumping Time: Geographies of Temporal Infrastructure in Fin-de-Siècle Paris

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This AHRC-funded project, led by Professor Mustafa Dikec (Principal Investigator) and Dr Carlos Lopez Galviz (Postdoctoral Research Assistant), looked into the dynamics and transformation of pneumatic time in late nineteenth-century Paris by reference to four inter-related themes: production, distribution, consumption and representation. The idea was visually to explore the questions guiding the project through images. Questions included:
What kinds of technologies, sites and material networks were involved in the production and distribution of pneumatic time?
How was the system maintained?
How were public and private pneumatic clocks distributed?
What social, cultural, economic, political and technological factors were influential in the determination of the geographies of pneumatic clocks?
Why and how did the clockwatching public of the early nineteenth-century become a time-buying public towards the end of the same century?
Effective start/end date1/09/1130/09/13

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