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Artefacts XI meeting

By August 17, 2006No Comments

Here’s the final programme of the 11th meeting in the “Artefacts” series, titled “Constructing and Deconstructing Icons of Achievement in Science and Technology”, which takes place in Stockholm, Sweden, 14-16 September 2006 (Note: this is now a closed meeting)

THURSDAY, September 14


Svante Lindqvist: “Problems and Challenges associated with collecting objects associated with Nobel Prize winners”

FRIDAY, September 15

9:00-9:30 Introduction

Helmuth Trischler–Opening comments
Svante Lindqvust–Welcome
Barney Finn–Summary of Artefacts X
Robert Bud–Preliminary thoughts on icons

9:30-10:50 Session 1: Personal Icons

Peter Jakab: “From Invention to Icon: The transformation of the Wright brothers’ research aircraft”
Dag Andreassen: “A Letter from Sir Frank Whittle. Inventing a Norwegian inventor”
Robert Anderson: “Scientists and their icons”

11:10-12:50 Session 2 Personal Icons (cont.)

Peter Donhauser: “Rise and fall of the neo-Bechstein. Constructing Walther Nernst as a figurehead”
Frode Weium: “The Theremin as an icon of achievement”
Loic Petitgirard: “Icons in CNAM”
Andrew Nahum: “Whittle and Wankel: Self-made icons”

14:00-15:40 Session 3: Icons of Achievement

Bart Hacker: “Dog turds where no dog trod: Technological prowess and cultural blinders in Vietnam”
Damon Yarnell: “Building the bicycle: The controversial life of a simple machine”
Joe Tatarewicz: “The Hubble space telescope: Icon of failure and achievement”
Alice Nicholls: “The iron lung in Britain’s African colonies–an icon of medical technology?”

16:00-17:20 Session 4: Icons of Achievement (cont.)

Randall Brooks: “ZEEP: A different kind of scientific instrument”
Margaret Vining: “The OODA loop: Linking the technology of aerial combat to corporate strategy”
Dan Albert: “Isambard’s folly: How a bloated whale became one of England’s great ships”

SATURDAY, September 16

8:50-10:30 Session 5: Other thoughts

Eva Åhrén Snickare: “The bust of Chief White Fox: Anthropological objects and racial science at the Karolinska Institute”
Thomas Söderqvist: “The GeneChip as an icon for molecularization, digitalization and miniaturization in the history of recent biomedicine”
Christian Sichau: “Peace to the ordinary objects! War on the icons!”
Nathan Ensmenger, Matthew Hersch: “Views from the academy: Program at Penn”

10:40-11:20 Session 6a Wrap-up

Martin Collins-Commentary

11:20-12:40 Session 6b: State of the Museums

Bart Hacker, Robert Bud, Helmuth Trischler, Svante Lindqvist,Otmar Moritsch, Loic Petitgirard, Hans Weinberger, Kimberley Webber, Randall Brooks

12:40-13:10 Session 6c: The Future of Artefacts

Robert Bud, Helmuth Trischler, Barney Finn

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