Category Archives: history

Alison Landsberg – Prosthetic Memory

Alison Landsberg, Prosthetic Memory, Columbia UP, 2004. Are memories – whether they are personal or public – transferable, implantable, or purchasable? Landsberg argues that with the advent of new (mass) technologies like cinema memory can be massively distributed through the

Alison Landsberg – Prosthetic Memory

Alison Landsberg, Prosthetic Memory, Columbia UP, 2004. Are memories – whether they are personal or public – transferable, implantable, or purchasable? Landsberg argues that with the advent of new (mass) technologies like cinema memory can be massively distributed through the

Paul Connerton – How Societies Remember

Paul Connerton, How Societies Remember, Cambridge UP, 1989. Connerton’s main question in this book is “how the memory of groups” is “conveyed and sustained”(1) which can be explained in the dimension of both political power and psychological mechanism. For him,

Paul Connerton – How Societies Remember

Paul Connerton, How Societies Remember, Cambridge UP, 1989. Connerton’s main question in this book is “how the memory of groups” is “conveyed and sustained”(1) which can be explained in the dimension of both political power and psychological mechanism. For him,

Bruno Latour – The Pasteurization of France

Bruno Latour, The Pasteurization of France, Harvard UP, 1988. What can we write on (the history of) invisible microbes? Maybe we can write on how the medical and biological sciences could have dominated and controlled the diseases and the bacteria.

Bruno Latour – The Pasteurization of France

Bruno Latour, The Pasteurization of France, Harvard UP, 1988. What can we write on (the history of) invisible microbes? Maybe we can write on how the medical and biological sciences could have dominated and controlled the diseases and the bacteria.

Social Construction of Technological System

The Social Construction of Technological System: New Directions in the Sociology and History of Technology, Ed. Wiebe Bijker, Thomas P. Hughes, and Trevor J. Pinch, Cambridge, The MIT Press, 1987. What is the social constructivism of science and technology? The

Social Construction of Technological System

The Social Construction of Technological System: New Directions in the Sociology and History of Technology, Ed. Wiebe Bijker, Thomas P. Hughes, and Trevor J. Pinch, Cambridge, The MIT Press, 1987. What is the social constructivism of science and technology? The

The Long and Winding Road: From Road and Rail to Information Superhighway

      What can we draw as common issues from Armand Mattelart’s Networking the World:1794-2000 and John Thompson’s “The Media and Modernity” and “The Globalization of Communication”? At first glance, they seem to deal with the history of globalized communication

The Long and Winding Road: From Road and Rail to Information Superhighway

      What can we draw as common issues from Armand Mattelart’s Networking the World:1794-2000 and John Thompson’s “The Media and Modernity” and “The Globalization of Communication”? At first glance, they seem to deal with the history of globalized communication

Mary L. Dudziak – September 11 in History

Mary L. Dudziak ed., September 11 in History, Duke Univ. Press, 2003. This book begins from the assumption that the tragic event of September 11, 2001 was a watershed moment in US and world history. It focuses on the transformative

Mary L. Dudziak – September 11 in History

Mary L. Dudziak ed., September 11 in History, Duke Univ. Press, 2003. This book begins from the assumption that the tragic event of September 11, 2001 was a watershed moment in US and world history. It focuses on the transformative

Kuhn – The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

Thomas S. Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, U of Chicago Press, 1962 (1996). In this small but influential book, Kuhn tries to perform two tasks at the same time: writing a history of science and making a theory on

Kuhn – The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

Thomas S. Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, U of Chicago Press, 1962 (1996). In this small but influential book, Kuhn tries to perform two tasks at the same time: writing a history of science and making a theory on