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Invitation to symposium on Stranded encyclopedias: encyclopedic dreams and practices c. 1600–2000

Invitation to symposium on Stranded encyclopedias: encyclopedic dreams and practices c. 1600–2000

International symposium at Stockholm University 13–14 September, 2018. Language: English.

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13.09.2018 - 14.09.2018

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Event: International symposium – Stranded encyclopedias: encyclopedic dreams and practices, c. 1700–2000

Keywords: history of encyclopedism, history of knowledge, history of science, book history, global history

The international and interdisciplinary symposium Stranded encyclopedias brings together scholars around the globe who study unfinished and unpublished encyclopedias, compiled c. 1700–2000. The symposium is a collaboration between Stockholm University and Aalborg University. It takes place in Stockholm 13–14 September 2018 and includes presentations from eighteenth experts from nine countries and three continents.   

By exploring and comparing stranded encyclopedic projects during a three-hundred-year period, the symposium aspires to obtain new insights into the varieties, motivations, changes, and global diffusion of alphabetical encyclopedism as practice, and thereby deepen our understanding of the rise and continuous development of the modern knowledge society.   

International research on the formation of the alphabetically-organized encyclopedia has for a long time been dominated by serial narratives of influential, large-scale publications – typically conceptualized as predecessors, counterparts, or successors of the genre-defining Encyclopédie (1751–1772) of Denis Diderot and Jean D’Alembert. Yet, for decades scholars have remarked that many encyclopedic projects probably were left unfinished, stranded at some volume before the end of the alphabet.

Stranded encyclopedias is the first symposium to place abandoned encyclopedic works and their forgotten production histories and compilers at the center. If published encyclopedias are only the top of an iceberg, how large is the body below the surface, and what – and who – will we find there?

Parts of the symposium will be open to the public.                     

Contact the organizers:

Linn Holmberg, PhD
Researcher and teacher in History of Science and Ideas
Department of Culture and Aesthetics, Stockholm University, Sweden
linn.holmberg@idehist.su.se

Maria Simonsen, PhD
Assistant professor in History  
Department of Culture and Global Studies, Aalborg University, Denmark
simonsen@cgs.aau.dk

More information at the Stockholm University webside

Photo in top of page: Magnus Hjalmarsson, Uppsala University Library

 

Arrangør

Linn Holmberg, Department of Culture and Aesthetics, Stockholm University & Maria Simonsen, Department of Culture and Global Studies, Aalborg University

Adresse

Department of Culture and Aesthetics, Stockholm University

Mere information

http://www.su.se/ike/english/strandedencyclopedias

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