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Workshop 1 - Stephen Pumfrey ‘On the emergence of modern experimentalism: the Renaissance and after'

 Stephen Pumfrey (History, Lancaster University) opened his paper by suggesting an exercise. He asked the participants to add one word to the phrase ‘An Experimental Christian…’. All the chosen words were nouns (music, art, ethics or other) and Pumfrey illustrated how the same phrase in early books of 1700 was itself treated as a noun, suggesting a different meaning and understanding of the term ‘experimental’. 

International Conference - The Experimental Society

7 July, 2010 - 9 July, 2010, Lancaster University

Keywords:

science / politics / economy / publics / religion / music / art
education / design / media / advertising / technology
laboratory / simulating / making / performing / testing / trial
democracy / reflexivity / creativity / event / revolution

The idea of experimentation was at the heart of modernity’s promise of human freedom and self-determination. But is the experiment now too complicit with power to act as a carrier of hope? To close the year-long Experimentality programme, which involved collaborations with the University of Manchester, the Royal Society, FutureEverything and a range of academic and art organisations, participants at this international conference debated different visions of an experimental society in which the emancipatory potential of the experiment could be renewed.

Plenary speakers:

  • David Byrne (University of Durham)
  • Dieter Daniels (Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig)
  • Bülent Diken (Lancaster University)
  • Josephine Green (Social Innovation, Philips Design)
  • Stephanie Koerner (University of Manchester)
  • Michael Krätke (Lancaster University)
  • Scott Lash (Goldsmiths, University of London)
  • John Milbank (University of Nottingham)
  • Helga Nowotny (European Research Council)
  • James Wilsdon (Royal Society)
  • Brian Wynne (Lancaster University)

Andrew Baxter

Andrew Baxter

Name

Andrew Baxter

Affiliation

Anthill Agency

Bronislaw Szerszynski

Bronislaw Szerszynski

Name

Bronislaw Szerszynski

Affiliation

Lancaster University
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