Thursday, November 15, 12 noon in North Hall’s Ogg Room. Free public lecture by UW-Madison Political Science Professor Emeritus Edward Friedman, “War by China? Post-colonial irredentism, the return of empire and the quest for hegemony.”
Thursday, November 15, 4:30 p.m., Pyle Center’s Room 313. Stanford historian Thomas Mullaney will present a Hilldale Lecture: “Asymmetries in Global Information and Language Technology, 1800 to the Present.” One could never simply “install” an Arabic typewriter, or “turn on” a Chinese word processor. Each required engineers, language reformers, and everyday practitioners to engage in long, often anxiety-ridden, and always asymmetric engagements with Latin alphabet-centric technologies, with the result often being the dramatic transformations of the Non-Western script in question (but, quite often, often with the subtle transformation of the technology as well). Prof. Mullaney will argue that it is time that the historiography, archives, and theorization of “information” reflects this history, its global dimensions, and the asymmetries that continue to be embedded therein.
Friday, November 16, 12 noon – 1:30 p.m., University Club’s Banquet Room. Public panel book discussion featuring The Chinese Typewriter: a History (MIT Press, 2017) by Thomas Mullaney (see above). This panel will conclude a workshop “Little Technologies/Big Histories,” sponsored by the Center for the Humanities.