The Science of Information, 1870-1945: The Universalization of Knowledge in a Utopian Age

February 23-25, 2017

Between about 1870 and 1945, for visionaries and planners around the world, projects for assembling universal knowledge and projects for effecting a universal political order went hand-in-hand. This symposium will investigate the development of intertwining utopianisms in internationalist politics and in the science of information during this period.

Registration is free and open to the public. For more information, and to register, click here.

Presenters include:

Alistair Black, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Rachel Sagner Buurma, Swarthmore College
Alex Csiszar, Harvard University
Teresa Davis, Princeton University
Robert Fox, University of Oxford
Michael Gordin, Princeton University
Eva Hemmungs Wirten, Linköping University
Evan Hepler-Smith, Harvard University
Robert Kargon, The Johns Hopkins University
Peter Lor, University of Pretoria
Kathy Peiss, University of Pennsylvania
Lynn Ransom, University of Pennsylvania Libraries
Geert Somsen, Maastricht University
Nader Vossoughian, New York Institute of Technology
Steven Witt, Center for Global Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The symposium is made possible by the generous support of University of Pennsylvania Libraries’ Thomas Sovereign Gates Library Lecture Fund, the Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, the Center for Global Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.

Posted: December 16, 2016