Yovanna Pineda is an Associate Professor of History. She is author of the book Industrial Development in a Frontier Economy: The industrialization of Argentina, 1890-1930 (Stanford, 2009). She will be on sabbatical during the 2016-2017 academic year to work on her second book project, Harvesting Technology: Farm Machinery Use, Invention and Memory in Argentina and on a companion documentary, The Birthplace of the Harvester. A primary aim of the book is to challenge the perception that developing regions tend to trail behind more developed areas and persistently depend on foreign technologies. It examines how Argentine farmers and blacksmiths in the nineteenth century improved their local technological competencies by tinkering with transferred farm technologies from the United Kingdom and the United States to the point that by the early twentieth century, they began inventing their own farm machinery and methods. Drawing on invention patents, the archives of family-owned factories, and over sixty oral histories of the men and women who designed and used domestic farm machinery, Pineda demonstrates that Argentine inventors and manufacturers developed farm machinery as technically advanced as those in more economically advanced nations because of their simple, light-weight, and rugged designs for perennial outdoor exposure that enabled anyone with minimal training to operate the machinery. By the mid-twentieth century, they produced farm machinery and exported to farm fields well beyond the Pampas, including in Brazil, Venezuela, and the former Soviet bloc nations.
The Birthplace of the Harvester is a documentary that explores the history of farm machinery and community in San Vicente, Santa Fe, a small rural town located in the fertile Pampas of Argentina that was home to five harvester and farm machinery companies during the twentieth century. The film illustrates the memories of the engineers and farmers that created the machinery and the experiences of the men and women who used it. Through interviews, archival footage, and narration, it explains the importance of technology in forming a community identity and in designing harvesters that were exported well beyond the Santa Fe region, and into the rest of Argentina, other South American nations, and even former Soviet Bloc nations. In so doing, it shows that technological innovation not only exists in developing nations, but thrives within small rural towns.
Technology in Latin America’s Past and Present: New Evidence from the Patent Records. Co-authored with Edward Beatty and Patricio Sáiz. Latin American Research Review, Vol. 52, no. 1 (March 2017).
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|91049||HIS3462||History of Science||Rdce Time||M,W 11:30AM - 12:20PM||Unavailable|
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|91068||LAH4503||History of South America||Rdce Time||M,W 1:30PM - 2:20PM||Unavailable|
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Updated: Mar 16, 2017