Workshop: “Time and Machines (1700-1850): Economy, Productivity, Discipline” – Neuchâtel

Announcing the program of the upcoming workshop Time and Machines (1700-1850): Economy, Productivity, Discipline, organized by Gianenrico Bernasconi and Marco Storni. The event will be held in hybrid mode; those who cannot come to Neuchâtel in person (Room R.O.12, Espace Tilo-Frey 1, CH-2000 Neuchâtel) may follow the workshop online, using the following links:

Day 1:  https://unine.webex.com/unine/j.php?MTID=mf15d18f79bb6c7c142b10fda2fea1686 (Password: 8iPR3mrAFv6)

Day 2: https://unine.webex.com/unine/j.php?MTID=ma665d4f77eb7ccf18847f6fccb7bb98a (Password: aZkt3wp9DJ8)

Program :

19 January

9:00-9:30 Welcome
9:30-10:00 Introduction by the organizers

Session 1 – Undoing E.P. Thompson: Time and Industrialization
10:00-11:00 Didier Terrier (Université Polytechnique des Hauts-de-France) La machine, l’horloge et le prolétaire. Progrès techniques et rythmes du labeur dans les filatures de coton au XIXe siècle

Break

11:30-12:15 Gerrit Verhoeven (University of Antwerp/Royal Museums of Art & History, Brussels) Measuring the Impact of the Industrial Revolution on Everyday Timekeeping in Antwerp (ca. 1810-1910)
12:15-13:00 Maura Doherty (Swiss Business School) Doing Time: Reconceptualizing Time, Work Discipline, and Machines in the 19th-Century New England Textile Industry

Lunch

Session 2 – Time and Machines: Productivity, Discipline, Anxiety
14:30-15:15 Michael Friedman (Tel Aviv University) Saving Time or Prompting Anxiety? On the Stocking Machine during the 17th and the 18th Century
15:15-16:00 Emma Prevignano (University of Cambridge) The Manufacture of Metres in Revolutionary France and the Challenges of Introducing Machine Discipline at the End of the Eighteenth Century

Break

Session 3 – Mobility, Acceleration, Precision
16:30-17:15 Andrea Strazzoni (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice) Finding Longitude at Sea: Descartes, Huygens, and Universal Gravitation
17:15-18:00 Catherine Herr-Laporte (University of Neuchâtel) L’accélération des transports dans un long XVIIIe siècle : l’organisation temporelle au service de la vitesse

Conference dinner

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20 January

Session 4 – Time, Economy, and the History of Technology
10:00-10:45 Gianenrico Bernasconi (University of Neuchâtel) Machines et économie du temps : le cas des fours de cuisine (1750-1830)
10:45-11:30 Cyril Lacheze (University of Technology of Belfort-Montbéliard/University of Paris) « Le briquetier à la main fait vite et facilement de bonnes briques, il faut suivre sa méthode ». Vitesse et fiabilité dans les brevets français de machines à terre cuite architecturale, 1791-1855

Break

12:00-12:45 Marco Storni (University of Neuchâtel) Quantifying Utility in Eighteenth-Century France: Time Thrift in the Reports of the Paris Academy of Sciences

Lunch

Session 5 – Time Economy, Machines and Human Behavior
14:30-15:15 Virgil Wibaut-Le Pallac (University of Lausanne) Économie temporelle et vertu républicaine : sur le biomètre de Marc-Antoine Jullien (1775-1848)
15:15-16:15 Harro Maas (University of Lausanne) “Call Them Soldiers, Call Them Monks, Call Them Machines”: The Moral Economy of the Factory System Reconsidered

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