May 6 - May 8, 2005
Friday - Sunday
Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Room 126
The University of Illinois
at Urbana-Champaign


May 6th
Noon-2.00 Registration
2.00-2.30 Introduction to conference by Conference Chair and Welcome by Dean GSLIS, Director, Center for the European Union and VP International Affairs
2.30- 3.30

Keynote: Trying to make sense of the information age: the uneasy relations between sociology and cultural studies and the peculiar absence of history
Prof. Frank Webster, Professor of Sociology, City University, London


3.30-4.00 Tea and Coffee
4.00 -5.30

Otto Neurath, facts, artifacts and the museum of the future
Dr. Nader Vossoughian, School of Architecture, Columbia University

"Gesellschaft und Wirtschaft": an Atlas in Pictorial Statistics produced by the Viennese Museum of Society and Economy in 1930.
Dr. Sybilla Nikolow, Senior Research Scholar at the Institute for Science and Technology Studies, University of Bielefeld, Germany

In the laboratory of modernity: visualizing social facts. From pictorial statistics towards an International Picture Language.
Dr. Frank Hartmann University of Vienna, Austria

6.00- 8.00 Reception and Dinner
8.00 -9.00 The Man Who Wanted to Classify the World: From the Index Card to the Internet
(prize-winning documentary film by Françoise Levie)
May 7th

Keynote: On the cultural and intellectual context of European documentation in the early Twentieth Century.
Dr. Michael Buckland, Emeritus Professor of Information Management and Systems, Co-Director, Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative, University of California, Berkeley


10.30-11.00 Tea and Coffee
11-12.30 Building society, constructing knowledge, weaving the web: Otlet’s visualizations of a global information society and his concept of a universal civilization
Dr. Charles van den Heuvel, Faculty of Arts and Culture of the University Maastricht

Ferdinand van der Haeghen’s ephemera: inspiring and resisting Otlet’s modernism
Dr. Pieter Uyttenhove, Associate Professor, and Dr. Sylvia Van Peteghem Chief Librarian, Ghent University, Belgium

Towers and globes: architectural and epistemological differences between Patrick Geddes’s Outlook Towers and Paul Otlet’s Mundaneum
Dr. Pierre Chabard, lecturer in architectural history, Ecole d'Architecture de la Ville et des Territoires (EAVT), Marne-la-Valée, France


12.30-2.00 Lunch
2 00-3.30

The Role of facts in Paul Otlet’s modernist project of documentation
Dr. Bernd Frohmann, Associate Professor, Faculty of Information & Media Studies, University of Western Ontario

'A necessity of our time': Documentation and meaning of "culture" in Suzanne Briet's qu'est-ce que la documentation?
Dr. Ron Day, Assistant Professor, Library and Information Science, Wayne State University, Detroit

The march of the modern and the reconstitution of the world’s knowledge apparatus: H. G. Wells, encyclopedism and the World Brain
Dr. W Boyd Rayward, Professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


3.30-4.00 Tea and Coffee

A notable node in the early twentieth-century knowledge network: the new Manchester Central Library and the philosophy of L.S. Jast
Prof. Alistair Black, Professor of Library and Information History, School of Information Management, Leeds Metropolitan University, United Kingdom

Laying a foundation of fact: the Fabian story and the information society
Dr Alistair S. Duff, School of Communication Arts, Napier University, Scotland

Public science in Britain and the origins of documentation and information science, 1890–1950.
Mr. Dave Muddiman, Principal Lecturer, School of Information Management, Leeds Metropolitan University, United Kingdom


6.30-8.00 Dinner
8.00-9.00 The Humour and Tragedy of Completeness: A theatrical Seminar
Performance by Theater Adhoc, Amsterdam
May 8th

Keynote: The Hidden History of Information Science: How the Chemistry of Ideas Mutated into the Science Citation Index.
Steve Fuller, Professor of Sociology, University of Warwick


Paper persona by numbers: Newspaper clippings and their creations
Dr. Anke te Heesen, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin
(to be presented by Dr Krajewski)

Paper Parasite: Franz Maria Feldhaus and the Historiography of Technology
Dr. Markus.Krajewski, Chair of History and Theory of Cultural Techniques, Bauhaus University, Weimar, Germany

Hidden roots of mediating information: aspects of the German information movement
Mr.Thomas Hapke, Subject Librarian for Chemical Engineering, University Library, Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Hamburg, Germany

Discussion and Conference Wrap up

11.30 Lunch
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