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“Taming Our Machines:” Race and America’s Robots, 1790-2010

August 14, 2013

Dr. Dustin Abnet, PhD, Indiana University, and Visiting Professor, Grand Valley State University.

Dr. Dustin Abnet uses the history of robots and automata to explain changes in how Americans imagined the relationship between race and technology from the late 18th century to the present. Examining exhibition automata, toy catalogs, science and engineering periodicals, films, and other sources, he shows how imagining robots in the forms of different types of people helped Americans address the tensions created by the rise of industrial capitalism and the emergence of modern science and technology.


August 14, 2013
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Eric Ward
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Linda Hall Library
5109 Cherry
Kansas City, MO 64110 United States
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