Friday, January 25, 2008, 3:00–5:00 p.m.
Engineering the Nation: Intersections Between Intellectual, Political, and Economic Borderlands in the Early American Republic
Ann Johnson, University of South Carolina
Land surveys and fortification design were key activities in the formation of engineering practices in the Early American Republic. These projects were federally-overseen and, thus, provide a window on the changing ideals of the nation. Yet, local knowledge and conditions mattered profoundly, too. I suggest that thinking about borderlands should be expanded to include not only geographic borderlands and their interesting socio-cultural-political-economic exchanges, but also to locations where different forms of knowledge came into contact and conflict, in order to consider how technical know-how was also traded in the context of nation-building.
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The Newberry Library Seminar on Technology, Politics, and Culture is co-sponsored by the University of Illinois at Chicago, Roosevelt University, the Illinois Institute of Technology, and Northwestern University's School of Communications
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