ZOOM SEMINAR: Dictionary Craze: Transforming Knowledge across Early Modern Europe

  • Date: –16:00
  • Location: Via Zoom
  • Lecturer: Linn Holmberg, Pro Futura Scientia Fellow, SCAS. Researcher in History of Ideas, Stockholm University
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  • Organiser: Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS)
  • Contact person: Klas Holm
  • Seminarium

Linn Holmberg, SCAS and Stockholm University, gives a seminar on "Dictionary Craze: Transforming Knowledge across Early Modern Europe". The talk will be followed by a Q&A session.

Abstract: Today we can barely remember how we used to live before it was possible to look everything up on the Internet. As the new information technology rapidly reshapes the way knowledge is communicated, consumed, and conceptualized, its far-reaching societal consequences are met with fears as well as hope. Yet this is not the first time that a new format for managing information has fundamentally transformed our system of knowledge. Three hundred years ago, alphabetically-organized dictionaries and encyclopedias were considered a new and curious phenomenon – praised by some as revolutionary ‘short-cuts to knowledge’, feared by others as ‘weapons in the hands of fools’. In this talk, I will present my Pro Futura project, entitled ‘Dictionary Craze: Transforming Knowledge across Early Modern Europe’, in which I explore the transnational process when the alphabetically-organized reference work was established on European book markets, and the intellectual, practical, and emotional consequences that followed in its trail. Long before the rise of smartphones, how did dictionaries contribute to reshaping the ways knowledge was communicated, consumed, and conceptualized – and by whom?

For more information and the Zoom link, please see the enclosed PDF file or http://www.swedishcollegium.se/subfolders/Events.html.

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