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When information came of age

marts 4, 2016

Symposium: When information came of age: the past, present and future of the information society

20th of April 2016, Copenhagen




The term ‘information technology’ is often embedded in a view of information that is closely related to computing. The history of this concept is; however, much broader with traces back to the Middle Ages. When this history is neglected, information is simply tied to a post-1945 modern society, and thus appears to be an impoverished, diffuse, or even ahistorical concept. This symposium will therefore gather diverse types of researchers in order to challenge this fundamentally ahistorical understanding, and challenge restricted notions about the information age. The symposium takes place at the Royal School of Library and Information Science, UCPH, April 20th 2016.


Program (Symposium_program)

09.00-09.30: Coffee and registration

09.30-09.40: welcome by the organizers

09.40-11.00: Professor Jane Winters, professor in Digital History at the Institute of Historical Research (IHR), UK. Working with the archived web and born-digital big data – challenges and opportunities.

11.00-12.00: Dr. Mark Towsey, senior lecturer at University of Liverpool, UK. TBA

12.00-13.00: Lunch (Canteen, RSLIS)

13.00-14.00: Dr. Daniela Zetti, associated member of the center “History of Knowledge”, Switzerland. Digitization and historical narratives.

14.00-14.30: Coffee

14.30-15.30: Professor Sven Dupré, Chair of History of Art, Science and Technology at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. The role of the arts in the making of an early modern knowledge society.

15.40-16.00: Joint discussion and closing remarks by Laura Skouvig

16.00: Reception

The symposium is followed by a workshop on April 21st for contributors to a special issue of temp about the history of the information society.

No participation fee. Deadline for registration April 14 2016. Registration and more information please contact Laura Skouvig:

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