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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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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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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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Decolonial transport geographies

By Tauri Tuvikene and Wojciech Kębłowski PUTSPACE team members Tauri Tuvikene and Wojciech Kębłowski co-edited a special issue in the Journal of Transport Geography. The special issue on decolonial approaches to urban transport geographies published in a leading academic journal for transport scholars Journal of Transport Geography was driven by the desire to socialise transport …

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PUTSPACE at Unruly Landscapes (18-19 June 2020)

Written by Tauri Tuvikene and Jason Finch In June 2020, Tauri Tuvikene (Tallinn University) and Jason Finch (Åbo Akademi University) reflected on the connections of public transport and landscape at a conference on “Unruly Landscapes. Mobility, Transcience and Transformation” organised by CeMoRe at Lancaster University and the Centre for Mobility and Humanities at the University …

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‘I thought he wanted to do me harm’: Hans Christian Andersen Riding a London Cab, 1857

In the summer of 1857, Hans Christian Andersen visited Charles Dickens, spending an ill-fated five weeks at his home, Gads Hill, Kent. During the visit they made frequent trips to London where Andersen got to experience the city’s public transportation system firsthand. On one of these trips a peculiar incident occurred which shows how locals …

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Public Transport and Literature in Tallinn

Elle-Mari Talivee, PhD, is Senior Researcher and Head of the Museum Department at the Under and Tuglas Literature Centre of the Estonian Academy of Sciences in Tallinn. Here, she writes about her experiences as a PUTSPACE visiting fellow in the department of English Language and Literature at Åbo Akademi University. The article was written in …

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