Material Struggles: A Symposium on Histories of Infrastructure in the United States

When and Where

Wednesday, October 19, 2022 10:30 am to 6:00 pm
First Floor Boardroom/Round Room/Library
Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy
315 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M5S 0A7


Yuriko Furuhata, McGill University
Isaiah Ellis, University of Toronto
Orit Halpern, Technische Universität Dresden
Edson Severnini, Carnegie Mellon University
Deborah Cowen, University of Toronto


Recent political debates have focused on the role of physical infrastructure as a key driver of growth, stability and an equitable society in America for this generation and those to come. Infrastructure in the American context includes roads, bridges, telecommunication systems, electrical grids and vital public health interventions such as water pipe construction. This event will draw on themes from the disciplines of history, sociology, economics and media studies to explore the origins and evolution of American infrastructure and its impacts on the development of American society and especially persistent racial and ethnic inequities.

Event details, program and registration link can be found at Upcoming Events at the Centre for the Study of the United States.

Contact Information

Mio Otsuka


Centre for the Study of the United States, Cinema Studies Institute, Various other Co-Sponsors


315 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M5S 0A7