The Benjamin Franklin Project at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), along with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of Wisconsin at Madison, invite you to participate in an interdisciplinary conference on innovation on April 10^th and 11^th at IIT’s historic Mies Van der Rohe campus in Chicago, IL, USA.
The Atlantic Enlightenment of the eighteenth century ushered in an era of unprecedented innovation and creativity along with new types of institutional infrastructure that fostered and informed those creative processes.
Please join as we consider this historical moment alongside today’s innovation landscape, exploring what it takes for innovation to flourish and how institutional structures inform creativity, along with its successes and failures.
In addition to open submission presentations, the program will feature distinguished practitioners and scholars reflecting on the past, present and future of science, commerce, and law.
Confirmed keynote speakers and panelists include:
* Lori Andrews, (http://iit.us3.list-manage.co
* Genevieve Bell, (http://iit.us3.list-manage1.c
* Michel Benard, University Relations Manager, Google Europe
* Fred Block, (http://iit.us3.list-manage.co
* Adrian Johns, (http://iit.us3.list-manage1.c
* Kurt Haunfelner, (http://iit.us3.list-manage.co
* Laura Hosman, (http://iit.us3.list-manage1.c
* Simona Maschi, (http://iit.us3.list-manage.co
* Peter Onuf, (http://iit.us3.list-manage2.c
* Michael Schrage, (http://iit.us3.list-manage1.c
* Paul Starr, (http://iit.us3.list-manage2.c
* Lindsey Thieman, Curator and Director of Development, International Museum of Surgical Science
* John Zumbrunnen, (http://iit.us3.list-manage.co
The organizers also issue an open call for presentations on topics broadly related to institutions and innovation in the eighteenth and twenty-first centuries. Scholars from all fields – from the natural and social sciences to the humanities and performing arts, as well the applied fields of law, medicine, engineering, architecture, design, finance, ecology, and technology – are invited to submit a proposal.
Topics could range from the processes of innovation and the innovators themselves to the institutions – private or public – that support (or inhibit) them.
A 500-word prospectus, along with any questions beforehand, should be submitted here (mailto:[email protected]) by January 15, 2014. Panels will be announced by February 1, 2014. Proposals not accepted for panel sessions will be considered for poster presentation.
This conference is made possible by a gift from the Jack Miller Center with the generous support of the Templeton Foundation and the Brinson Foundation.