This research proposal relates to railway heritage and contemporary cities, in accordance with the general aims of the Projeto Memória Ferroviária, coordinated by Professor Dr. E. Romero de Oliveira from UNESP. Two distinct phases are envisaged for this Industrial Archaeology work, each characterised by their cross-curricular nature, interdisciplinary methodology and the use of all available sources of information.The aim of the first phase would be to produce an innovative case study, based on the application of archaeological methods to the analysis of a selected section of the General Workshops built by the Companhia Paulista de Estradas de Ferro in Jundiaí (São Paulo). These workshops, which were in use from 1893 to 1998, are nowadays known as Complejo FEPASA. The approach that we contemplate becomes fundamental to complete an exhaustive record of the material remains and to apply new techniques to their interpretation. More specifically, the project seeks to establish the original uses and configuration of the section chosen as a sample, as well as its evolution over time, in order to reflect on the contemporary workplace as the site of a confrontation between man, technology and the capitalist system.In the second phase, the proposed project would consider the FEPASA Complex in the light of international debate over the globalization processes that have shaped the contemporary world. To achieve this, it would focus on the circulation of manpower and capital as well as the transfer of techniques and technology, both in the general framework of economic colonialism and as the homogenizing agents responsible for establishing a new cultural context centred on railways and industrial society.
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