It is clear that the relationship between the control over information and the exercise of power is a relevant subject for all times. Since research into its historical evolution has been recent, this two-day conference aims to put this topic explicitly on the research agenda. We are particularly interested in the connection between different types of information and the exercise of power, including the role of confidentiality; knowledge regarding politics and international relations, opposition movements, (weapon) technology, geography or economic issues; among others. We want to focus on actors who provided (or tried to withhold) information, whether and how its quality and reliability can be established; and how crucial knowledge became exclusively available to those who exercise power. Over forty speakers in five panels will present their research on the exciting connection between information and power through history.
Keynote speakers: Prof. dr. Ann L. Stoler and Dr. Toni Weller.
This conference (at VU-University Amsterdam) is organized by Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands (Huygens ING) in collaboration with Radboud University (RUN) and Utrecht University (UU). The organizational team includes Prof. dr. Ida Nijenhuis (Huygens ING, RUN), Dr. Marijke van Faassen (Huygens ING), Dr. Ronald Sluijter (Huygens ING), Dr. Wim de Jong (RUN) and PhD Joris Gijsenbergh (RUN, UU). The conference organizers are grateful for financial and material support from Huygens ING.
Aanmelden voor het symposium kan online via: www.aanmelder.nl/informationpowerhistory
Voor meer informatie: http://www.ru.nl/letteren/actueel/agenda/@1037748/information-and-power-history/