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Mikael Hård

Mikael Hård

Mikael Hård is professor of history of technology at Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany. He holds an M.A. from Princeton University, USA, and a PhD from Gothenburg University, Sweden. He is co-editor of NTM – Journal of History of Science, Technology, and Medicine and co-director of the graduate program Topology of Technology in Darmstadt.

In the last decade Hård has been developing a cultural history of technology. In addition to investigating the role of machines and gadgets in daily life, he expands the history of technology to include aspects such as tourism, consumption, colonialism, hygiene, and housing. European Technological Dramas, book 3 in the book series, is an outcome of this interest. An earlier monograph in this direction was Hubris and Hybrids: A Cultural History of Technology and Science (New York: Routledge, 2005) which he wrote together with Andrew Jamison.

Parallel to these activities Hård has in recent years done research on the urban history of technology. Together with Thomas J. Misa he edited the collection of essays Urban Machinery: Inside Modern European Cities (Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2008; paperback ed. 2010). This anthology includes studies on the history of urban technological networks, traffic planning, and so-called science cities.

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