Workshop Call for Papers

“Imaging NanoSpace – Bildwelten der Nanoforschung” Center for Interdisciplinary Research, Universität Bielefeld, Germany May 11 – 14, 2005

Images and the power of image-making are defining the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology. This is reflected in the founding myths of the field (which is said to have begun with STM and AFM microscope) and its popular representations that feature dramatic molecular landscapes, visionary devices, or the manipulation of molecules. Much of nanoscale research practice revolves around the creation and interpretation of images.

The workshop will focus on the specific characteristics of images as visual representations. It considers the whole range of images – from microscopy and simulation to popular culture. Scientists from the fields of STS, art theory and history, cultural studies, communication studies, and history and philosophy of science are invited to contribute. The full call for papers takes the form of an internet-exhibition at the following website:

This virtual gallery features 14 families of images. These are supposed to serve as a starting point and common referent for the talks and workshop discussions. While contributors are therefore asked to relate their proposals to one or more of these 14 families, they are not restricted to the images in the web gallery but invited to expand the pool.

Please send a 200 to 500-word abstract in the form of a word-document by December 1, 2004 to: [email protected] (Jochen Hennig, Helmholtz Zentrum für Kulturtechnik, Humboldt University, Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin, Germany). Please indicate the families of images from the web gallery that your proposal is relating to. The conference language is English, a publication is planned.

The workshop organizers are Prof. Horst Bredekamp (History of Art, HU Berlin), Jochen Hennig (History of Science, HU Berlin), and Prof. Alfred Nordmann (Philosophy, TU Darmstadt). The programming committee also includes Andreas Lösch and Joachim Schummer (Sociology, History and Philosophy of Chemistry, TU Darmstadt), Chris Robinson and Davis Baird (Art, Philosophy, University of South Carolina). For further information please contact: [email protected] or [email protected]