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Assessing the Human Empire

In a new book, MIT historian Rosalind Williams is asking the big questions about progress and the lived human experience. 

“There is a deep belief in progress of science and technologies," she says, "but there is also an anxiety that comes from that belief. This book explores that paradox.... A subtext of the book is to take art seriously. That’s the first place to go to figure out what’s going on in the world.” 






Suggested Links 


Rosalind Williams Website

MIT SHASS Feature: Interview with Rosalind Williams on the Human Empire

MIT News | In a Sea of Change
In a new book, MIT historian Rosalind Williams examines the deep tension authors Jules Verne, Robert Louis Stevenson, and William Morris felt about technology.

The Triumph of Human Empire 
(University of Chicago Press, 2013)

Society for the History of Technology

MIT SHASS | Program in Science, Technology, and Society

Video: Aftermath of a Crisis
a documentary by Manuel Castells and Bregtje van der Haak 

Aftermath: The Cultures of the Economic Crisis 
Anthology edited by Manuel Castells, João Caraça, and Gustavo Cardoso