PUTSPACE

Month: December 2020

Speed and the Back to the Future trilogy: some reflections on recent meetings of the PUTSPACE reading group

By Adam Borch In PUTSPACE, we have a reading group. It’s a biweekly thing where we meet online for an hour or so to discuss 2-4 scholarly publications that all focus on the same topic. This topic is something we agree upon together in a pretty colloquial fashion and although it’s not always directly related …

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PUTSPACE Covid-19 study reported in media

Following yesterday’s publication of PUTSPACE’s study on the effects of Covid-19 on the experience of public transport, the results have been reported in a number of European news outlets. Here’s an overview: Estonia Novaator, “Koroonapandeemia paneb proovile ühistranspordi põhialused” (16.12.2020) Pealinn, “Koroonakriisi mõju: igapäevased kasutajad tunnevad end bussis turvalisemalt kui kaupluses” (16.12.2020) Postimees, “Ühistransporti peetakse …

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Press Release: International study reveals the effects of COVID-19 on the experience of public transport

A team of European researchers working on a project about public transport as public space have recently completed a study on the perception and use of public transport during the first wave of COVID-19. The study employed an extensive questionnaire along with 49 interviews conducted in Tallinn, Stockholm, Brussels, Munich, Berlin and Dresden from April …

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Erick Kästner’s Emil und die detective: Experiencing Public Transport

By Adam Borch In an earlier post, I discussed how public transport (PT) plays a pivotal role in Erich Kästner’s popular children’s novel Emil und die detektive (1929). I argued that PT is used to illustrate the differences between the protagonist Emil Tischbein’s provincial hometown, Neustadt, and Berlin, but that, overall, the novel aims to …

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