PASSIM seminar: “Microfilm, Law and Scientific Information,” on May 7, 2019

Download pdf-flyer with more info about the PASSIM Seminar on May 7, 2019

Join us for this first PASSIM series of webcasts and webinars. A live webcast of the seminar will be aired online via our own channels.
You will be able to ask our speakers questions in real-time during the webinar. Online participation open for everyone and free of
charge. We encourage you to invite friends or colleagues by sharing this link: www.passim.se
Make sure you follow our twitter for updates! @PASSIMproject
Tuesday, 7 May 2019 15.15-17.00 (CET). Reception to follow. Tvärsnittet, Kopparhammaren, Norrköping.

0

PASSIMer of the month (Eva)

As PI of PASSIM, I’m taking the liberty of opening this new category in the PASSIM blog: a brief presentation of each team member (including then, myself). Currently, I’m Professor of Mediated Culture at Linköping University, Sweden – but I started out in Comparative Literature, defending Global Infatuation—my thesis on Harlequin Enterprises—in 1998. Harlequin was a fascinating topic, and I guess some of the interest I later came to take in intellectual property can be traced back to the branding strategies of the Canadian publisher. But it wasn’t until I came across a speech made by Victor Hugo in 1878 on the need for some sort of international copyright treaty (it materialized as the Berne Convention in 1886) that intellectual property became “my” research field. For almost twenty years now, I’ve been hooked. Some of the focus has shifted, of course. I’ve become less interested in copyright and more interested in patents, research and science – topics I pursued in my latest book Making Marie Curie (Chicago, 2015) and that is now at the center of the PASSIM-project. I’ve never identified myself with a particular discipline, probably because while I have a PhD in Comp Lit, then spent a few years in Library- and Information Science, and now have a professorship in mediated culture (something which basically doesn’t exist as a discipline)…. intellectual property has been the only constant in all of these settings. I’m really looking forward to working with the PASSIM-team and to see what will develop around the project that we have no clue about right now. I remember writing in the ERC-application that “Research projects are not static and predictable units, because if they were they would not be research projects at all.” I’d like to think that I’m an advocate of the peaceful coexistence of structure and serendipity!

What else? There’s a bit more on my website http://www.evahemmungswirten.se but I’m really interested in the political economy of champagne and would love to get a chance to write about champagne as intellectual property. A super-topic, in my mind! Until that day, however, I keep collecting so-called grower champagnes….not a bad way to start future research!

 

0

PASSIM kicks off!

On January 17-18, 2018, I was delighted to welcome the PASSIM team for our kick-off meeting in Norrköping, Sweden. Snow was in the air, but fortunately both flights and trains ran (more or less) according to schedule. A kick-off is a thing to itself: a very important time in the life of a project, an opportunity to discuss, plan ahead and form a group of individuals into a team.

One of the truly fantastic things about the ERC grants is the fact that they run for five years. Five years! It seems almost impossible to be able to work, to read, to discuss, and to write on the topic of your project for such an extended period. An eternity, almost. But time is a funny thing in research. We measure it constantly in our line of work. Nonetheless, the idea of unbounded time is neither realistic, nor desirable.

In fact, one could argue that a five-year project comes alive when you start to talk about and plan around its built-in constraints – the fact that you’ve promised to do certain activities and that these activities, when you start thinking about when you’re supposed to do them, suddenly make unbounded time seem very bounded. And a good thing, too, I suspect.

It’s always been an ambition of mine that I, together with any team members I was working with, would find a way to document the process of working as a team in an interdisciplinary project. I still haven’t quite figured out exactly how to do this, but I remain convinced that the documentation of the way in which we work, talk, disagree and form some sort of community during an extended period is worth studying as a form of self-reflexive exercise in its own right. Maybe this blog is one way of doing precisely that.

Welcome to PASSIM!

 

Eva Hemmungs Wirtén and Johanna Dahlin in meeting room.

Eva Hemmungs Wirtén and Johanna Dahlin.

Mattis Karlsson and Gustav Källstrand talking together in meeting room.

Mattis Karlsson and Gustav Källstrand.

From left to right: José Bellido, Johanna Dahlin, Martin Fredriksson and Björn Hammarfelt

Thordis Arrhenius, Hyo Yoon Kang, Isabelle Strömstedt and Mattis Karlsson in meeting room.

Thordis Arrhenius, Hyo Yoon Kang, Isabelle Strömstedt and Mattis Karlsson.

Meeting room during seminar

PASSIM launch seminar held in Tvärsnittet, Kopparhammaren at Campus Norrköping, Linköping University.

0