Workshop CFP: Social Technologies • 4th to 6th April 2019

Workshop CFP: Social Technologies and Global Knowledge Economies, 1750-1850

4th to 6th April 2019, Lichtenberg-Kolleg, Göttingen

Conveners: Rachel Koroloff, Laura Nicolì, Joanna Wharton and Dominik Hünniger

The remarkable density of connections that characterized knowledge production between 1750 and 1850 has long figured in definitions of the “rise of modernity.” The commerce of ideas through correspondence networks and print as well as manuscript circulation in salons, learned societies and other institutions, has been celebrated as foundational to modernity’s more conspicuous highlights, from the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment to the political articulation of universal human rights. Indeed, the circulation of “useful knowledge” – or, in today’s phraseology, the knowledge economy – remains integral to the modern concept of progress, formulated and adopted during the brief period between 1750 and 1850.

This interdisciplinary workshop, organized by Lichtenberg-Kolleg, the Göttingen Institute for Advanced Study, will focus on interrogating these narratives of modernity in the context of the emergence of an array of ‘social technologies’ that enhanced networks of knowledge production and circulation at the turn of the nineteenth century. From communication, transmission, and circulation, to innovations that enabled, impinged upon, or otherwise shaped social relations, we welcome papers on all aspects of socio-technological change and their relation to the development of global economies of knowledge production and circulation from 1750 to 1850.

Program: Social Technologies and Global Knowledge Economies, 1750-1850

Friday, 5th April 2019

From 09:00 Registration
09.15 – 09.30 Welcome

Panel 1 Chair: Laura Nicolì (Lichtenberg-Kolleg)
09.30 – 10.00 Aileen Douglas (Trinity College, Dublin): Bodies, technology, and the naturalization of writing
10.00 – 10.30 Alviera Bussotti (University of Rome “La Sapienza”): Reading aloud in Roman salons and Academies: the case of Vittorio Alfieri (1781-1783)

10.30 – 11.00 coffee/tea

11.00 – 11.30 Jon Mee (University of York): The Manchester Problem: Bodies and Machines, 1800-1830
11.30 – 12.00 General Discussion Panel 1

12.00 – 13.00 Lunch

Panel 2 Chair: Rachel Koroloff (Lichtenberg-Kolleg)
13.00 – 13.30 Matthew Eddy (University of Durham): Prelude to Objectivity. The Notebook as a Selfmade Social Technology
13.30 – 14.00 Marieke : Hendriksen (Utrecht University): Global and local materialities and techniques: Plaster and papier mâché in the production and circulation of anatomical knowledge, 1750-1850

14.00 – 14.30 Coffee/tea break

14.30 – 15.00 Gianni Paganini (Università del Piemonte Orientale, Italy): Enlightenment before the Enlightenment. Old media (manuscripts) for new networks (clandestine philosophy)
15.00 – 15.30 General Discussion Panel 2

15:30 – 16.00 Coffee/tea break

Panel 3 Chair: Joanna Wharton (Lichtenberg-Kolleg)
16.00 – 16.30 Mary Fairclough (University of York): Action at a distance: print transmission at moments of crisis
16.30 – 17.00 Amelia Bonea (University of Heidelberg): Technologies of News Making in the Age of Mechanical Telegraphs: The Case of Colonial India, c.1760s-1840s

17:00 – 17.30 Coffee/tea break

17:30 – 18.00 Paula Henrikson (University of Uppsala): The social technologies of Swedish philhellenism
18:00 – 18.30 General Discussion Panel 3

19.00 Conference Dinner

Saturday, 6th April 2019

Panel 4 Chair: Bill Bell (University of Cardiff)
09.30 – 10.00 Nitin Sinha (ZMO, Berlin): Labour and Luxury: Social Comfort and Imperial Rule in India, 1760s-1840s
10.00 – 10.30 José Ragas (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile): Internal Passports, Identification, and the Making of Techno-Citizens in Postcolonial Peru

10.30 – 11.00 Coffee/tea break

11.00 – 11.30 Kaustubh Mani Sengupta (Bankura University): Vauban in the Colony: The New Fort William and the Making of Calcutta in the Eighteenth-century
11.30 – 12.00 General Discussion Panel 4

12.00 – 13.00 Lunch

Panel 5 Chair: Dominik Hünniger (Lichtenberg-Kolleg)
13.00 – 13.30 Simon Werrett (University College London): Joseph Banks and the Social Technologies of Imperial Knowledge
13.30 – 14.00 Pankoj Sarkar (Tata Institute Social Sciences, Mumbai): Evolution of Modern Agricultural Experimental Stations, its Knowledge Production and the Native Tongue: A Perspective from Colonial Bengal

14.00 – 14.30 Coffee/tea break

14.30 – 15.00 Patrick Anthony (Vanderbilt University / Lichtenberg-Kolleg): Plants as social technologies of scale: The industrial botany behind Alexander von Humboldt’s plant geography
15.00 – 15.30 General Discussion Panel 5

15:30 – 16.00 Coffee/tea break

Panel 6 chair: Hanna Roman (Dickinson College / Lichtenberg-Kolleg)
16.00 – 16.30 Hanna Hodacs (Dalarna University, Sweden): To trade, transfer or substitute? Naturalists, East India companies and the future of tea in the late 18th and early 19th centuries
16.30 – 17.00 Noah Moxham (University of Kent): Managing the management: the East India Company and the circulation of scientific knowledge, 1750-1800

17:00 – 17.30 Coffee/tea break

17:30 – 18.00 Paul-Arthur Tortosa (European University Institute, Florence): Knowledge transmission in an imperial context: the French “Bureau de police sanitaire” and its Italian correspondent
18:00 – 18.30 General Discussion Panel 6