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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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PUTSPACE in Estonia Media, Novaator

Back in 2019, PUTSPACE project leader, Tauri Tuvikene, was interviewed by the Estonian media Novaator. The article can be read here where it is also possible to see a video segment with Tuvikene travelling on the tram in Tallinn (in Estonian).

PUTSPACE in Science|Business

Back in March 2020, the Science|Business Network interviewed PUTSPACE project leader, Tauri Tuvikene, for its website. The articles was entitled “Is there more to public transport than moving people around?” and can be read here. The article was also reported on the Research in Estonia website.

Aboagora 2020

From 19-21 August 2020, the annual Aboagora symposium took place in Turku, Finland. Apart from the main event, it also included a two-day pre-symposium for doctoral candidates and art students (17-18 August). PUTSPACE members Silja Laine and Aleksandra Ianchenko took part and here they reflect on what was in many ways an interesting and memorable …

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Commemorating Chile’s Social Explosion and Its Origins in Public Transport

By Maxwell Woods Today, 18 October 2020, Chile celebrates the one-year anniversary of what has come to be known as the Chilean social explosion [estallido social]. A bottom-up challenge to the foundations of the Chilean political, social, and economic landscape, the ‘social explosion’ is the name given to the five months of political mobilizations by …

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Public Transport in Erick Kästner’s Emil und die detektive: Reconciling Differences

By Adam Borch Erich Kästner’s popular children’s novel Emil und die detektive (1929) begins with an introduction to some of the story’s most important characters and places, accompanied by Walter Trier’s original illustrations. One of these is “[a] rather important train compartment” (p.13) about which we’re told: The train this coach belongs to travels to …

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Public transport in times of Covid-19: disruption and continuity in urban mobility

Written by Tonio Weicker and Wladimir Sgibnev This blog post was written for Geography Directions. To read the full post, please follow the link below. Over the last couple of months, it is clear that the Covid-19 pandemic has dramatically shifted the way people perceive and use public transport. Restrictions have been enforced across the …

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