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Rust and Revolution: Understanding Social Technologies in Enlightenment Europe through metaphorology

Project description

Using rust as a metaphor

Rust is an ancient technological problem, and rustiness a venerable metaphor for change and corruption. The EU-funded RUSTEE project explores how it has, nonetheless, undergone radical transformation, figuring as a key scientific object and intellectual model in three turning points: the Chemical, the French and the Industrial Revolutions. RUSTEE explores the history of material and metaphorical rust in the domains of political history, the history of science and technology, philosophy and poetics. The research attempts to trace the link between these domains, and what this link can reveal about such vast concepts as history, society, nature and knowledge, as they formed in modernity


Net EU contribution
€ 173 847,36
Kaiserswerther Strasse 16-18
14195 Berlin

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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