Made Modern
368 pages, 6 x 9
24 photos, 7 maps, 2 tables
Release Date:01 Dec 2018

Made Modern

Science and Technology in Canadian History

UBC Press

Science and technology have shaped not only economic empires and industrial landscapes, but also the identities, anxieties, and understandings of people living in modern times.

Made Modern: Science and Technology in Canadian History explores the complex interconnections between science, technology, and modernity in Canada. It draws together leading scholars from a wide range of fields to enrich our understanding of history inside and outside Canada’s borders. Organized around three key themes – bodies, technologies, and environments – the book’s chapters examine how science and technology have allowed Canadians to imagine and reshape themselves as modern. Focusing on topics as varied as colonial anthropology, scientific expeditions, electrotherapy, the occult sciences, industrial development, telephony, patents, neuroscience, aviation, space science, and infrastructure, the contributors explore Canadians’ modern engagements with science and technology and situate them within larger national and transnational developments.

The first major collection of its kind in thirty years, Made Modern explores the place of science and technology in shaping Canadians’ experience of themselves and their place in the modern world.

This book will be of interest to students and scholars of the history of science and technology, Canadian history, and environmental history.

Edward Jones-Imhotep is a cultural historian of science and technology and an associate professor of history at York University. He is the author of The Unreliable Nation: Hostile Nature and Technological Failure in the Cold War and winner of the Abbot Payson Usher Prize in the history of technology. He has held visiting fellowships at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris, and was the Northrop Frye Visiting Fellow at the University of Toronto.

Tina Adcock is a cultural and environmental historian of modern Canada and an assistant professor of history at Simon Fraser University. She has published work in Swedish, Norwegian, Canadian, and American scholarly journals and volumes. She is an associate of the L.R. Wilson Institute for Canadian History at McMaster University.

Contributors: Tina Adcock, Stephen Bocking, Dorotea Gucciardo, Jan Hadlaw, James Hull, Edward Jones-Imhotep, Dolly Jørgensen, Eda Kranakis, Daniel Macfarlane, Beth A. Robertson, Efram Sera-Shriar, Blair Stein, Andrew Stuhl, David Theodore

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