Space, place and landscape in the history of communications

16 June 2015 9.30am 4.30pm


Lecture Theatre, Weston Library (Map)


Alexandra Franklin, Bodleian Libraries: tel. 01865 277160


This symposium considers the impact of space, place, and landscape upon communications systems and their heritage from 1700 to the present day.

The symposium is convened by Professor Robert Fox, Emeritus Professor of the History of Science, University of Oxford and Professor Graeme Gooday, Head of School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science and Professor of History of Science and Technology, University of Leeds. The organizer is Elizabeth Bruton.

Session I: Wireless World
Elizabeth Bruton, Museum of the History of Science, 'Geographies of Marconi: Mapping the early history of Marconi and his Companies, 1896-1901.'
Carolin Matjeka, PhD Candidate, Heidelberg University, 'Communication in Transit: Wireless Telegraphy and Ship Newspapers on Ocean Liners'
Barbara Walsh, independent researcher, 'A pioneer in airspace communication 1909 -1912'
Maria Fernanda Rollo and Maria Inês Queiroz, Institute for Contemporary History, FCSH-UNL, 'Marconi’s wireless and the South-Atlantic building the "Latin" network'
Session II: Knowledge in Transit
Sophie Brockmann, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute of Latin American Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London, 'The geography of knowledge transmission in Central America, 1790-1820'
Allan Green, Independent Scholar, 'It's deep down there!: Bathymetry in relation to the first transatlantic telegraph cables'
Jacob Ward, PhD Candidate, UCL, 'Relocating Research, Contesting Space: The Post Office Research Station, 1958-75'
Jan Lauren Boyles, Assistant Professor of Journalism, Iowa State University, 'Taming the (Information) Flood: The Construction of Digital News in the Built Environment'
Session III: Designed Spaces
Elizabeth Darling, Reader in Architectural History, Oxford Brookes University, 'The Stuff of Radio: Shaping the Dramatic Control Panel, 1925-32'
Andy Sutton and Nigel Linge, University of Salford, 'The influence of space, place and landscape on cellular communications'

Lunch and refreshments provided. 


This event is free but places are limited so please complete our booking form to reserve tickets in advance.

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