New and Old Stuff.
In February 2017, I gave a talk at the conference "The Science of Information, 1870-1945: The Universalization of Knowledge in a Utopian Age," in Philadelphia. "A Dangerous Utopia: the Curious Case of Scientific Property," as well as all the other papers, can be accessed via this YouTube playlist.
During my Fellowship at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in the Summer of 2016, I gave a Brown Bag Lunch Talk on May 16, 2016. Here's the abstract of "Otlet's Order: Intellectual Property and the Bibliographical Imagination":
“Scientific work, especially in our time, is specialized and internationalized.” As contemporary as such a statement sounds, it was in fact made in 1895, when the two Belgian pacifists and internationalists Henri La Fontaine (1854-1943) and Paul Otlet (1868-1944) founded the Institut International de Bibliographie (IIB) in Brussels. Otlet and La Fontaine knew that scientific work depended on access to scientific information, and for the next four decades they embarked on a massive effort to collect, organize and disseminate the world’s knowledge. In her talk, Eva Hemmungs Wirtén will focus on Otlet’s bibliographic imagination of patents as one top in a mountain range of documents, on equal footing with more familiar carriers of scientific information such as journals and monographs. Combining perspectives from law, information science and mediated/material culture, how can we understand the ordering of scientific information in the context of past, present and future knowledge infrastructures, and especially its relation to intellectual property?
November 12, 2015, I spoke on the "Rights of Everyday Objects," at the Linnaeus University, exemplifying with the Tho-Radia cosmetics (radium) range and the conundrum Marie Curie faced when trying to protect the Curie name. This was a version of the ACSIS-paper listed below.
On September 17, 2015 I gave a talk at the Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences, Lund University, entitled "A League of Her Own: Marie Curie and The Quest for Scientific Information," which focused on Curie's work in the Commission Internationale de Coopération Intellectuelle.
For those who have the strength to listen to me talking about Making Marie Curie for an hour (the comment refers to me, not the great Carla Nappi, who did the interview for the New Books in Science, Technology and Society podcast), you can listen to/download our discussion here.
In June 2015 I gave two talks based on my Curie-book. A keynote "Marie Curie as Commons and Commodity: an Entangled History" at the 3rd Ph.D Summer School of Cultural Transformations "Commons and Commodities: Immaterial Rights and Cultural Solids under 'Europeanization," Södertörn University College, June 13 and a paper (on June 17) entitled "The Pow(d)er of a Name: Marie Curie, Scientist v. Alfred Curie, Cosmetics Quack," for the Sixth ACSIS Biannual Conference "In the Flow: People, Media Materialities," Norrköping, 15-17 June 2015.
In the Spring of 2013, I gave two talks at the Collège de France in Paris, both related to my work on Marie Curie. April 10: "Celebrity Science: the Making of Marie Curie." Abstract. April 17: "The Gift that Kept on Giving: Radium and Marie Curie’s 1921 American Tour." Abstract. You can listen to and download the two talks via by clicking on my name to the right of Professor John Scheid's on this link. OR, use this link to find both talks as mp3-files via Dropbox!