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Cold goes South. The emergence of refrigeration technologies in the European South. The case of Greece (late 19th-20th centuries)


With this project our aim is to map the appropriation of refrigeration technologies in Greece from the late 19th century to the late 20th century. The use of mechanical refrigeration in Greece goes hand in hand with the industrialization of the country throughout the 20th century, the development of its critical infrastructures, the emergence of new actors such as technicians and their associations, or women home economists who mediated between consumers and producers. Moreover, the diffusion of mechanical refrigeration is also inseparable from more general social and cultural issues, such as concepts about ‘fresh’ and ‘perishable’ produce. A careful examination of a wide range of specialist and non-specialist texts and the discourse developed around refrigeration will bring to the fore the values and ideas associated with the increasingly important role of refrigeration for the immediate prospects of modern society, but also the interests of specific groups of people that often clashed with existing local markets. 


Marie Curie Reintegration Grants

Principal Investigator: Faidra Papanelopoulou