Felipe Beuttenmueller

Felipe Beuttenmüller Lopes Silva M.A.

History of Technology

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Member of the Research Training Group KRITIS since 10/2019

Academical status

10/2016 – 10/2019 Master's Degree in History with focus on Environmental Urban Technology, Technical University of Darmstadt

10/2011 – 05/2016 Joint Bachelor Study History and Philosophy, Technical University of Darmstadt

Work experience

04/2016 – 08/2016

Student Assistant – Collaboration on Prof. Dr. Mikael Hårds project “Simultaneity & Locality: A global History of Technology” Institute for History, Technical University of Darmstadt

10/2015 – 10/2016

Student assistant at the Library of Humanities and History at the Technical University of Darmstadt

05/ 2013 – 08/2016

Student Assistant, Institute for History: History of Technology for Dr. phil. Catarina Caetano da Rosa in the context of her habilitation project, Technical University of Darmstadt

Dossier „Alter Ort, Neu-Isenburg“, Kooperationsprojekt der Kultur Region Frankfurt Rhein-Main und der TU Darmstadt zum Thema „Orte der Meinungsfreiheit“

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Deutschlandstipendium • Goethe Universität Frankfurt


Deutschlandstipendium • TU Darmstadt

Research interests

  • History of technology
  • Infrastructure history
  • History of the Global South
  • Critical infrastructures
  • Urban development
  • Identity History

Dissertation project

Cold Chains as a Critical System – An Urban History of Cold Chains Using the Example of Meat Supply in the City of São Paulo in the First Half of the 20th Century (working title)

With its location between the hinterland and the coast, São Paulo developed into Brazil's economic center in the mid-19th and early 20th centuries. The city’s expansion was closely linked to the country’s industrialization. Due to the already existing meat trade, the city became a trading hub for the expansion of the North American meat packing industry. By implementing imported refrigeration technology as part of a national concept of meat production and processing, São Paulo became a center of frozen and chilled meat production within Brazil.

In economically expanding São Paulo, meat production increased not only due to external demand. With industrialization, internal migration as well as the immigration of foreign workers rose steadily. The growing urban population had to be supplied with meat products also, which boosted the regional meat market. With the use of refrigeration systems for preservation and the price drops caused by the pressure which the large refrigerated warehouses exerted on local agricultural producers, meat became an integral part of the diet of the “Paulistas” (residents of the city of São Paulo).

The dissertation project deals with the question of the criticality of refrigeration systems or cold chains in an urban context, using the example of the meat supply in São Paulo. For this purpose, the area of meat production, transportation as well as hygiene and storage processes (e.g. time management) is examined in relation to criticality for the supply of consumers. Transportation and urban infrastructures are also considered in terms of their influences on the development, establishment, and management of cold chains. The dissertation project focuses on the concept of symbolic criticality regarding cold chains’ attribution as critical systems.