Announcing the latest issue of Technology’s Stories: Aesthetics and Electricity

Aesthetics and Electricity

The aestheticization of electrical technologies was not a secondary afterthought in the history of electrification, but a major factor in the very shaping of the modern electrified world. A sensitivity to aesthetics in design was a necessary consideration to manage collective hopes and fears about an electrified future. Design schemes for electrical technologies were mediated through class, status, gender, spatial, national or religious values and identities linked to modes of consumption. This issue highlights how electricity was historically melded into culturally agreeably forms.

Daniel Pérez Zapico: Aesthetics and the Political Appropriation of the Electric Light

Michael Kay: “A Mighty Cobweb”: Electricity, Aesthetics and the Urban Public Space

Karen Sayer: Light ‘Pollution’: The Aesthetics of Modernity Vs Pastoral in Britain

Ying Jia Tan: Dreamscapes of Accelerated Development: Uses and Abuses of Artist Impressions in John L. Savage’s Yangtze Gorges Proposal, 1944-1946

Phil Judkins: Dreams and Visions: The Development of Military Radar Iconography and User Reaction, 1935-45

Abigail Harrison Moore: Electric Lighting: The Housewife’s Moral Challenge

Technology’s Stories offers innovative, sharp, and compelling storytelling about technology in society, past and present. It aims to engage scholars, students, and the interested general public with the usable past – with stories that can help us make sense of contemporary technological challenges and aspirations. Pieces are strong on content and light on academic jargon, making them especially suitable for undergraduates.

Interested in putting together an issue for Technology’s Stories? Or publishing a standalone essay? Please contact us at We invite contributions from across the spectrum, from graduate students to senior scholars.