An International and Interdisciplinary Conference at the University of South Carolina, Columbia March 3-7, 2004 ___________________________________________________________________


Wednesday, March 3

Registration 3:00-5:00 Adam’s Mark Hotel

Welcome Reception at the President’s House 5:00-7:00pm

Invited Speaker 7:30-9:00pm – Eric Drexler (Foresight Institute): Title and venue tba

Thursday, March 4

Invited Speaker 8:30-9:30am – Peter Galison (Department of History of Science, Havard University): Title tba

Session I. Generating Scientific Images 10:00am-12:30pm – Loren Knapp (Biological Sciences, University of South Carolina): “Confocality and Deconvolution: Light Microscopy in a Nanoworld” – Jochen Hennig (Hermann von Helmholtz-Center, Humboldt University Berlin): “Images and graphs as representations of scanning probe microscopic measurements” – Arne Hessenbruch (Massachusetts Institute of Technolgoy): “STMs and movies” – Ann Johnson (Department of History, Fordham University): “Shape Matters: Computer Science and Images of the Nanoscale” – Cyrus Mody (Department of Science and Technology Studies, Cornell University): “Intervening Technology, Representing Technique: Probe microscopy and the art of the nanoworld”

Invited Speaker 2:00-3:00pm – Jürgen Brickmann (Department of Physical Chemistry, Technical University of Darmstadt): “Modeling and Visualization in Molecular Science: Men-Molecule-Communication”

Session II. Interpreting Scientific Images 3:30-6:00pm – Otávio Bueno (Department of Philosophy, University of South Carlina): “Representation at the Nanoscale” – Pieter E. Vermaas (Department of Philosophy, Delft University of Technology): “Sketching the Nanoscale: An Engineering Understanding of Pictures of Atoms and Molecules” – Joachim Schummer (Department of Philosophy, University of South Carolina): “The Aesthetic Origin of Nanotechnology in Supramolecular Chemistry: Gestalt Switch in Molecular Image Perception” – Andreas Lösch (Department of Sociology, Technical University Darmstadt): “Images as mediators: On the meaning of spatial references in nanotechnological visualizations” – Jody A. Roberts & Brent K. Jesiek (Science and Technology Studies, Virginia Tech): “To See is to Know; To Know is to Control: Virtual Reality, Molecular Modeling, and the Politics of Visualization”

Invited Speaker 8:00-9:00pm – James R. von Ehr (Zyvex Corporation): Title tba

Friday, March 5

Invited Speaker 8:30-9:30am – Julio Ottino (Department of Chemical Engineering, Northwestern University): “The Role of Images in Science and Engineering”

Session III. Epistemological and Normative Aspects of Representations 10:00am-12:30pm – Joseph C Pitt (Philosophy Department, Virginia Tech): “When is an Image not an Image?” – Wade L. Robison (Department of Philosophy, Rochester Institute of Technology): “Ethics and Imaging” – Mike Treder (Center for Responsible Nanotechnology): “Accurately describing a technology that does not yet exist” – Robin Fretwell Wilson (School of Law, University of South Carolina): “Modes of Legal Regulation: Implications for Nanotechnology” – Michael Bennett (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute): “Nanotechnoscience and Alternative Jurisprudential Imaginaries”

Invited Speaker 2:00-3:00pm – Christine Peterson (Foresight Institute): “Science versus Engineering: Competing Goals for Nanotechnology”

Social Program 3:00-6:00pm

Saturday, March 6

Invited Speaker 8:30-9:00am – Brooks Landon (Department of English, University of Iowa) “Less is More: Much Less is Much More: The Insistent Allure of Nanotechnology Narratives in Science Fiction Literature”

Panel on “Representations of Nanotechnology in Science Fiction” 9:00-10:00am Kathleen Ann Goonan (Science Fiction Author) Brooks Landon (Department of English, University of Iowa)

Session IV. Nano Science Fiction & Art 10:30am-12:30pm – Mark Erickson (School of Applied Social Science, University of Brighton): “Utopian and dystopian visions of nanotechnology in contemporary science fiction literature” – Rosalyn Berne (Technology, Culture and Communication, University of Virginia): “Nanoscience, Science Fiction and the Allure of the Fantastical Illusion” – Cain Samuel Todd (Institute for Environment, Philosophy and Public PolicyLancaster University): “Imagination and the Art of Nanotechnology” – Chris Robinson (Art Department, University of South Carolina): Title tba

Invited Speaker 2:00-3:00pm – Otto Piene (Center for Advanced Visual Studies, MIT): Title tba

Session V. Visions, Metaphors, and Rhetoric 3:30-6:00pm – Diane Hope (Communications, Rochester Institute of Technology): “Seeing the Invisible: The Compelling Rhetoric of Nanoscience Imagery” – Valerie L. Hanson (Pennsylvania State University): “Rhetorics of Representation in Nanoscale Images” – Alfred Nordmann (Philosophy Department, Technical University of Darmstadt): “Filling the Void – The Cosmic Dimension of Nanoscience” – Astrid E. Schwarz (Philosophy Department, Technical University of Darmstadt): “Plenty Of Room In A Full World” – Chris Toumey & Jamie McIntyre (Department of Anthropology, University of South Carolina): “Cyborgs In Nanotech: Questions Of Human Identity At 10-9m.”

Banquet 7pm–

Sunday, March 7

Session VI. Nano in the Media 8:30am-11:00pm – Bruce V. Lewenstein & Joanna Radin (Departments of Communication and of Science & Technology Studies, Cornell University): “Media images of nanotechnology” – Lowndes F. Stephens (School of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of South Carolina): “News Narratives about Nano: How Journalists and the News Media Are Framing Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Initiatives and Issues” – Alison Anderson & Stuart Allan (University of Plymouth and University of West England): “Pictorial and Textual Representations of Nanotechnology in the UK Press” – Paul Miller & Phil Macnaghten (Demos, UK and IEPPP, Lancaster University, UK): “Small Stories: developing a framework for the public imagination of nanotechnology” – Linda Goldenberg (Communications Studies, University of Calgary): “Politicizing the Images”

Invited Speakers 11:30-12:30pm – Phillip E. Russell (Materials Science and Engineering, North Carolina State University): “Scanned Probe Microscopy: Overview and Applications of Critical Tools for Nanotechnology” 2:00-3:00pm – Eric J. Heller (Departments of Chemistry and Physics, Harvard University): Title tba