The conference “Ambiguities of Work: Knowledge, Power, and Culture” will take place Friday, November 7, 2003, at the Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington, Delaware. Co-sponsored by the Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society and LABOR: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas, the conference explores the intersections, struggles, and interrelationships over knowledge, work and the workplace.

All sessions take place at the Soda House of the Hagley Museum and Library, located off Buck Road and Route 100 in Wilmington, Delaware. Pre-registration is required (registration is free). Contact Carol Ressler Lockman for registration info at [email protected] or phone, 302-658-2400. Lodging is available at the Best Western Brandywine Valley Inn for $89/night, and the hotel will provide a complimentary shuttle to the conference. Please contact the hotel directly for reservations at 1-800-537-7772 or, indicate that you are attending the Hagley Fall Conference to receive reduced rate.

The Ambiguities of Work: Knowledge, Power, and Culture

Friday, November 7, 2003, Hagley Soda House

Sponsored by the Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society at the Hagley Museum and Library and LABOR: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas.

8:30-9:00 a.m. Coffee

9:00-11:00 a.m. Knowledge and Cultural Production Catherine Fisk, University of Southern California Law School, “Working Knowledge and Intellectual Property, 1880-1910”

Christine Haynes, University of North Carolina-Charlotte, “Specialists in Risk and Taste: The Legitimization of the Work of Book Publishers in Nineteenth-Century France”

Matthew Stahl, University of California-San Diego, “‘We Draw for Money’: Specificities of Creative Work in Cultural Production”

Comment: Joy Parr, University of Western Ontario

11:00-11:15 a.m. Break

11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Gender, Knowledge and Conflict Christina Elizabeth Gessler, American University, “‘In This Small Space’: Dividing Work Between Mothers and Grown Daughters in Rural Nineteenth-Century New England”

Douglas Bristol, University of Southern Mississippi-Gulf Coast, “‘Breaking the Barbershop Habit’: Shaving and the Packaging of Scientific Expertise”

Comment: Anne Boylan, University of Delaware

12:45-1:45 p.m. Lunch

1:45-3:45 p.m. Codifying Knowledge and Control Mark Wilkens, University of Pennsylvania, “Robbers, Rowhouse Fires, and ‘Rithmetic: Manuals and Schools of Instruction and the Effort to Professionalize Public Safety Workers in New York City and Philadelphia, 1890-1920”

Thomas Chappelear, University of Chicago, “‘Too Much Human Relations?’ Conformity and 1950s Corporate Culture”

Ronnie Johnston, Glasgow Caledonian University, and Arthur McIvor, University of Strathclyde, “Medical Knowledge and the Worker: Occupational Lung Diseases in the United Kingdom, c1920-1975”

Comment: Michael Nash, Tamiment Library, New York University

3:45-4:00 p.m. Break

4:00-5:30 p.m. Managing Knowledge for Control David Anderson, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, “From Fraternalism to Paternalism: Management Ideology and the Transition from Specialty Shop Manufacturing to Mass Production in the Automotive Parts Industry”

Robert Ferguson, National Air and Space Museum, “Cumbersome, Parochial, Flexible and Incomplete: Engineering Knowledge within and among Manufacturing Firms”

Comment: Philip Scranton, Rutgers University/Hagley Museum and Library

5:30-6:30 p.m. Reception

6:30-8:00 p.m. Dinner