Transcending boundaries …

Transcending Boundaries in Europe in the Period of the Belle Époque:
Organizing Knowledge, Mobilizing Networks, and Effecting Social Change

DATE: 20-21 May 2010
VENUE: Mundaneum, Mons (Belgium)
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The Belle Epoque is a turbulent period in Western European history
between about 1880 and 1914 characterized by an emerging modernization
in social and political organization, artistic and literary life and in
the conduct and discoveries of the sciences.

Papers for the colloquium will explore aspects of network development,
information creation, organization and exchange, and related “boundary
spanning”ii activities of individuals and institutions and the scholarly
tools and techniques that this enabled them to develop during the period
of the “Belle époque” in which the Western European world underwent
extensive social, political and “epistemic” change.


* Dave Muddiman: Imperialism, Trade and the Beginnings of Business
Information: the Commercial Intelligence Bureau of the Imperial
Institute, London, 1887-1903
* Alistair Black: An Information Management tool for the Dismantling of
Internal Barries in Expanding and Internationalising Companies : The
Staff Magazine in Britain before de First World War
* Heather Gaunt: Information, the archive, and the Australian colonies
* Hartman Frank: World Communication Cables and Ernst Kapp‘s Philosophy
of Technology
* Volker Barth: World News Order: Structures and Conditions of
International Communication, 1859-1940
* Christophe Verbruggen & Julie Carlier: The transcending advocacy
network of Les Documents du Progrès (1907): a comparison of laboratories
of social thought
* Noémie Goldamn: Art and Politics. The XX (1894-1914) and their
transboundary cultural networks
* Wouter Van Acker: Paul Otlet and the International Sociology of
Intellectual Work
* Mary Carroll & Sue Reynolds: The Great Classification Battle of 1910:
A Tale of “Blunders and Bizzareries” at the Melbourne Public Library
* Damiano Matasci: Transnational Networks and School Reforms in France
during the Belle Époque Period (1880-1914)
* Mary Niles Maack: From the Classified Catalog to Open Shelf Libraries:
Americans in Paris
* Valérie Montens: The Royal Belgian Commission for International
Exchanges: creation, organization and activities of an international
artistic network (1871-1919)
* Jan Vandersmissen: How King Leopold II used Emile de Laveleye’s
intellectual network for the benefit of his African project
* Françoise Levie: Punch-up at the Palais Mondial ; an analysis of the
buried and contradictory tensions that came into conflict at the second
Panafrican Congress in Brussels in 1921
* M. Herve Hasquin: Une Belgique avant-gardiste
* Bruno Notteboom: Paysage urbain. Louis Van der Swaelmen and the
classification of the urban, rural and national problem in Préliminaires
d’Art Civique
* Sophie Hochhäusl: From Mulhall to Brinton, From Number Charts to
Picture Statistics
* Nader Vossoughian: Architecture, Type, and the Rethinking of the
Humanist Tradition during the Belle Époque
* Geert Somsen: Uniting the World through Science: Pieter Eijkman’s
World Capital in The Hague
* Jan Surman: Divided Space – Divided Science? The Variety of Boundaries
in Habsburg Empire and their Influence on Science Before the First World War
* Daniel Laqua: Scientific Pacifism’ in the Belle Époque: Alfred H.
Fried’s Efforts to Promote Peace across National Borders
* Markus Krajewski: Organising a Global Idiom. Esperanto, Ido and the
World Auxiliary Language Movement before WWI
* Fabian de Kloe: Beyond Babel: Science and International language
during the Belle Époque
* Mikel Breitenstein: Unity Through Language: BASIC English by C. K. Ogden
* Alex Csiszar: Material Practices of Unity: The International Catalogue
of Scientific Literature in Action
* Paul Servais: Scientific Networks and International Congresses;
Orientalists before the First World War
* Charles van den Heuvel: Transcending Networks – Transcending
Classifications (1905-1935)

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