Research seminar: Salem Elzway, Marxist Manipulators: Robots on the Line at Lordstown

Mark your calendars for the next Hagley research seminar entitled, “Marxist Manipulators:  Robots on the Line at Lordstown”, by Salem Elzway, University of Michigan, which will be Wednesday, May 18th at Noon EST.

May 18, 2022: Salem Elzway, Marxist Manipulators: Robots on the Line at Lordstown

The paper is a chapter draft from Elzway's dissertation tentatively titled “Arms of the State: A History of the Industrial Robot in Postwar America” which explores the diverse actors and sociotechnical dynamics that shaped the technology's emergence and development after World War II. The chapter provides a case study of the world’s first “mass” robotized factory—the General Motors Lordstown assembly facility in northeast Ohio—and the role of robot’s in the UAW’s infamous strike of the plant in 1972. First, it will briefly trace the almost decade long process of GM’s planning and work towards building a new, highly-automated factory in Lordstown, OH where ground was broken on the plant in 1964. Second, it will detail GM’s history with industrial robots generally and with their first applications at Lordstown in the late 1960s specifically.
Commentator will be Nelson Lichtenstein, University of California, Santa Barbara.  

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