Adrian Johns

 

Curriculum Vitae

 

 

Personal Details

 

Full name                            Adrian Dominic Sinclair Johns

Date of birth                       19 October 1965

Nationality                         US and British

 

Address                                Department of History

University of Chicago

1126 E. 59th Street

Chicago

IL 60637

 

Telephone                           773 702 2334 (o); 773 203 0809 (c)

E-mail                                  johns@uchicago.edu

Home page                         http://home.uchicago.edu/~johns/

 

 

Present Appointment

 

Allan Grant Maclear Professor

Department of History and the College

University of Chicago

 

 

Education

 

1987-92                Corpus Christi College,                                  Ph.D.                                                     1992

                                Cambridge University, UK.

                                                                                                                M.A. (Cantab.)                                  1990

 

1984-7                   Corpus Christi College,                                  B.A. (Hons.), Natural Sciences    1987

                                Cambridge University, UK.                           Class I

 

 

Previous Appointments

 

2000-01                               Associate Professor, Humanities Division

Caltech

Pasadena CA 91125

 

1998-2000                           Professor (formerly Assistant Professor) of Sociology

University of California, San Diego

9500 Gilman Drive

La Jolla, CA 92093.

 

1996-8                                   Senior Research Fellow in History

Caltech

 

1994-6                                   Lecturer [=Assistant Professor] in History of Science

University of Kent

Canterbury, UK.

 

1991-4                                   Research Fellow

Downing College

Cambridge, UK.

 

1990-1                                   Munby Fellow

University Library

Cambridge, UK.

 

 

Publications

 

Books

 

Death of a pirate: British radio and the making of the information age.  New York: W.W. Norton, 2010.

French translation by Hélène Quiniou: La mort d'un pirate: La société de l'information à l'épreuve des ondes. Paris, France: Zones Sensibles, 2011.

Piracy: The intellectual property wars from Gutenberg to Gates.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009. 

 

                Italian translation by M. Togliani and G. Mageri: Pirateria: Storia della Proprietà Intellettuale da Gutenberg a Google. Torino, Italy: Bollati Boringhieri, 2010.

                Spanish translation by T. Fernández Aúz and B. Eguibar, Piratería: Las Luchas por la Propriedad Intelectual de Gutenberg a Gates. Madrid, Spain: Ediciones Akal, 2013.

                Czech translation by Lucie Chlumská and Ondrej Hanus, Pirátství: Boje o Dusevní Vlastnictví od Gutenberga po Gatese. Brno: Host, 2013.

 

The Nature of the Book: Print and Knowledge in the Making.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998.

 

Papers

 

i.   Published

 

“Watching Readers Reading.” Textual Practice 35:9 (October 2021), 1429-52.

“Privacy.” In A. Blair, P. Duguid, A.-S. Goering, and A. Grafton (eds.), Information: A Historical Companion (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2021), 686-93.

 

“Orders of Service: Markus Krajewski, The Server.” Technology and Culture. 61:2 (April 2020), 682-85.

 

“The New Rules of Knowledge” (with James Evans). An introduction to a tryptich of papers on algorithmic epistemology. Critical Inquiry 46:4 (Summer 2020), 806-12.

 

“Lay Assaying and the Scientific Citizen.” Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society 160:1 (March 2016), 18-25.

 

“The Coming of Print to Europe.”  In L. Howsam (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to the History of the Book (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015), 107-24.

 

Piracy” (a conversation about the book).  Media History 2014 (DOI: 10.1080/13688804.2014.949434). 

 

“Intellectual property.”  In N. Thrift, A. Tickell, S. Woolgar, and W.H. Rupp (eds.), Globalization in Practice (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014), 183-88.

 

 “The Uses of Print in the History of Science.”  Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 107:4 (December 2013), 393-420.

 

“The Ecological Origins of Copyright Skepticism.”  World Intellectual Property Organization Journal 5:1 (2013), 54-64.

 

 “False Modesty” (Essay review of S. Shapin, Never Pure.)  Metascience October 2013 (DOI 10.1007/s11016-013-9846-7).

 

“The Information Defense Industry and the Culture of Networks.”  Amodern 2 (2013): http://amodern.net/article/the-information-defense-industry-and-the-culture-of-networks/ 

 

“Gutenberg and the Samurai: Or, The Information Revolution is History.”  Anthropological Quarterly 85:3 (Summer 2012), 859-83.

 

“Die Moral des Mischens: Audiokassetten, Private Mitschnitte und ein Neuer Wirstschaftszweig für die Verteidigung des Geistigen Eigentums” (“The Morals of Mixing: Cassettes, Home Taping, and the Emergence of the Intellectual Property Defense Industry”), Zeitschrift für Medienwissenschaft 6 (January 2012), 17-35 (a special issue edited by J.D. Peters and E. Schüttpelz).

 

“Historical Perspectives on the Circulation of Information,” American Historical Review 116:5 (December 2011), 1393-1435 [A conversation with P.N. Edwards, L. Gitelman, G. Hecht, B. Larkin, and N. Safier].

 

“London and the Early Modern Book,” in L. Manley (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of London (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011), 50-66.

 

“The Book in, and as, American History.”  New England Quarterly 84:3 (September 2011), 496–511 (essay review of D.D. Hall, H. Amory, et al. (eds.), A History of the Book in America, 5 vols.).

 

“The property police.”  In M. Woodmansee, P. Jaszi, and M. Biagioli (eds.), Making and Unmaking Intellectual Property: Creative Production in Legal and Cultural Perspective (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011), 199-213.

 

 “Language, Practice, and History.”  In L. Bently, J. Davis, and J.C. Ginsburg (eds.), Copyright and Piracy: An Interdisciplinary Critique (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010), 44-52.

 

 “The Piratical Enlightenment.”  In C. Siskin and W. Warner (eds.), This is Enlightenment (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010), 301-20.

 

 “Ink.”  In E. Spary and U. Klein (eds.), Materials and expertise in early modern Europe: Between Market and Laboratory (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010), 101-24.

 

“Changes in the World of Publishing.”  In J. Chandler (ed.), The Cambridge history of English Romantic Literature (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009), 377-402.

 “Piracy as a business force.” Culture machine 10 (2009), 44-63.  Online at culturemachine.net.

 

“Coleman Street.”  Huntington Library Quarterly 71:1 (2008), 33-54.  Online here.

 

 “Truth and malicious falsehood.”  Nature 451 (February 28, 2008), 1058-60.

 

“The identity engine: printing and publishing at the beginning of the knowledge economy.”  In L. Roberts, S. Schaffer and P. Dear (eds.), The mindful hand: inquiry and invention from the late Renaissance to early industrialisation (Chicago, IL: Edita/University of Chicago Press, 2007), 403-28.  Online at http://www.knaw.nl/cfdata/publicaties/detail.cfm?boeken__ordernr=20041102.

 

“Coffeehouses and print shops.”  The Cambridge History of Science, III: Early Modern Science (ed. L. Daston and K. Park. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006), 320-40.

 

“Intellectual property and the nature of science.”  Cultural Studies 20 (2006), 145-64; online here.

 

Arts of Transmission.  Special issue of Critical Inquiry, 31:1 (Autumn 2004), edited by J. Chandler, A. Davidson, and A. Johns. 

 

“Foreword.”  In W.J. Ong, S.J., Ramus, Method, and the Decay of Dialogue: From the Art of Discourse to the Art of Reason (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004).

 

“Reading and Experiment in the Early Royal Society.”  K. Sharpe and S. Zwicker (eds.), Reading, Society and Politics in Early Modern England (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003), 244-71.

 

 “Print and Public Science.”  The Cambridge History of Science, IV: Science in the Eighteenth Century (ed. R. Porter.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003), 536-60.

 

“Science and the Book.”  The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain (7 vols.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.  General Editors: D.F. McKenzie, D.J. McKitterick, I.R. Willison), vol. IV (2003), 274-303.

 

 “The Ambivalence of Authorship in early Modern Natural Philosophy,” in M. Biagioli and P. Galison (eds.), Scientific Authorship: Credit and Intellectual Property in Science (New York: Routledge, 2003), 67-90.

 

 “How to acknowledge a revolution.”  American Historical Review 107 (2002), 106-25 (part of an invited “Forum” with Elizabeth Eisenstein and Anthony Grafton).

 

“Pop music pirate hunters,” Daedalus 131:2 (Spring 2002), 67-77.

 

 “Printing, Publishing and Reading in London, 1660-1720.”  P. O’Brien (ed.), Urban Achievement in Early Modern Europe: Golden Ages in Antwerp, Amsterdam and London (Cambridge University Press, 2001).

 

“The Past, Present, and Future of the Scientific Book.”  N. Jardine and M. Frasca-Spada (eds.), Books and the Sciences in History (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000), 408-26.

 

“The Physiology of Reading.”  N. Jardine and M. Frasca-Spada (eds.), Books and the Sciences in History (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000), 291-314.

 

 “Miscellaneous Methods: Authors, Societies and Journals in Early Modern England.”  British Journal for the History of Science 33 (2000), 159-86.

 

 “Identity, Practice, and Trust in Early Modern Natural Philosophy.” Historical Journal 42 (1999), 1125-45.

 

 “Science and the Book in Modern Cultural Historiography.”  Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 29 (1998), 167-94.

 

“Prudence and Pedantry in Early Modern Cosmology: The Trade of Al Ross.”  History of Science 35 (1997), 23-59.

 

“Flamsteed’s Optics and the Identity of the Astronomical Observer.” In F. Willmoth (ed.), Flamsteed’s Stars (Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 1997), 77-106.

 

“Natural History as Print Culture.”  In N. Jardine, J. Secord, E. Spary (eds.), Cultures of Natural History: from Curiosity to Crisis (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996), 106-24.

 

“The Physiology of Reading and the Anatomy of Enthusiasm.”  In A. Cunningham, O. Grell (eds.), Religio Medici: Religion and Medicine in Seventeenth Century England (Aldershot: Scolar Press, 1996), 136-70.

 

“The Physiology of Reading in Restoration England.”  In J. Raven, H. Small, N. Tadmor (eds.), The Practice and Representation of Reading in England (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996), 138-61.

 

 “The Ideal of Scientific Collaboration: The ‘Man of Science’ and the Diffusion of Knowledge.”  In H. Bots, F. Waquet (eds.), Commercium Litterarium: La Communication dans la République des Lettres, 1600-1750 (Amsterdam: APA-Holland University Press, 1994), 3-22.

 

“History of Science and the History of the Book.”  In S. Cavaciocchi (ed.), Produzione e Commercio della Carta e del Libro Secc. XIII-XVIII (Firenze, Italy: Le Monnier, 1992), 881-90.

 

“History, Science and the History of the Book: the Making of Natural Philosophy in Early Modern England.”  Publishing History 30 (1991), 5-30.

 

ii.  In press and Forthcoming

 

“Science and the Book in Early Modern England.” Forthcoming in A. Smyth (ed.), The Oxford Handbook to the History of the Book in Early Modern England (Oxford: Oxford University Press).

Essay review of Robert Darnton’s Pirating and Publishing. American Historical Review, forthcoming.

 

iii.  Short pieces

 

Response to David Gissen, "Reading in a Very Dark Room," Forty-Five, September 2015: http://forty-five.com/papers/27/

 

“Printing as a Medium.”  International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences (26 vols. New York: Elsevier, 2001), 12050-12055.

 

“The Birth of Scientific Reading.”  Nature 409:6818 (January 2001), 287.

 

“Printing: Invention of, Europe.”  D. Jones (ed.), Censorship (4 vols. London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2001), III, 1950-55. 

 

Book reviews for American Historical Review, Annals of Science, British Journal for the History of Science, The Economist, German History, History, Isis, Journal of Interdisciplinary History, Journal of Modern History, Medical History, Metascience, Nature, Physis, Renaissance Quarterly, Times Higher Education Supplement, and others.

 

Contributor to the Dictionary of National Biography, New Dictionary of National Biography, Encyclopaedia of the Scientific Revolution (Routledge, 2000), and Reader’s Guide to the History of Science (Fitzroy Dearborn, 2001).

 

iv.  Podcasts, Newspaper Articles, etc. (selected)

 

“Censorship and Information Control in Information Revolutions,” a series of public events in late 2018 organized by Ada Palmer (who did most of the work), Cory Doctorow, and me: https://voices.uchicago.edu/censorship/1245-2/

 

“Too Much Information”: WFMU:

http://www.wfmu.org/listen.m3u?show=42137&archive=72473

 

Hearsay Culture (Stanford Law School/KZSU-FM): http://cyberlaw.stanford.edu/podcasts/20101124_Levine_127_Johns.mp3

 

Surprisingly Free (George Mason University):

http://surprisinglyfree.com/2010/06/21/adrian-johns-on-piracy/

 

C-Span:

http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/id/226130

 

BBC World Service:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10118823

 

Out-law.com (UK legal podcast):

http://www.out-law.com/default.aspx?page=10832

 

This Way Up (Radio New Zealand):

http://static.radionz.net.nz/assets/audio_item/0020/2269100/twu-20100417-1330-ACTA_and_the_history_of_IP_piracy-m048.asx

 

Rorotoko:

http://www.rorotoko.com/index.php/article/adrian_johns_interview_death_pirate_british_radio_making_information_age/

 

Background Briefing (Australian Broadcasting Corporation):
http://www.abc.net.au/rn/backgroundbriefing/stories/2010/3048341.htm

 

WILL-AM (Illinois Public Radio):

http://will.illinois.edu/focus/interview/focus110104b/

 

Journal of Science Communication (Italy):

http://jcom.sissa.it/archive/10/01/Jcom1001%282011%29C01/

 

La Repubblica (Italy): http://www.bollatiboringhieri.it/pdf/RassegnaStampa_1341.pdf

 

v.            Multimedia

 

2000                      Software installation demonstrating the use Peter Apian’s Astronomicum Caesareum (1540) for the Huntington Library’s Star Struck exhibition on the history of astronomy.

 

1998-2003           Project design and pilot modules for “The Universal Laboratory,” a multimedia initiative in the history and sociology of the sciences (funded by NEH as Microcosmos).

 

 

Awards

 

2021-21                 NEH Sabbatical Fellowship

2018-21                Neubauer Collegium, “Censorship, Information Control, and Information Revolutions from Printing Press to Internet” (Co-PI with Ada Palmer). [NB: Palmer was the real primary for this project.]

2015                       UKC Innovation in Academia Award, Los Angeles

2012                       Gordon J. Laing Award, University of Chicago Press (for Piracy).

2012                       Guggenheim Fellowship.

2012                       ACLS Fellowship.

2010                      Book of the Year.  American Society for Information Science and Technology.

2010                      Best Foreign Book From Inhouse Bestsellers award, Sharjah International Book Fair.

2005                      National Science Foundation sabbatical award.

2001                      American Philosophical Society sabbatical award.

1999                       Leo Gershoy Award, American Historical Association.

1999                      John Ben Snow Prize, North American Conference on British Studies.

1999                       Louis Gottschalk Prize, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.

1999                       SHARP Prize (for best book on the history of authorship, reading, and publishing).

1999                       Research grant, Commmittee on Research, University of California.

1996-7                   Various research and travel funds from Caltech.

1987-93                Various research grants from Downing and Corpus Christi Colleges, the British Academy, and the Royal Society.

1987-90                British Academy Major Studentship, Cambridge University.

1988                      Caldwell Scholarship, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.

1987                       Bronowski Prize for best dissertation in the history of science, Cambridge University.

1987                       Bacon Prize, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.

1985                       Caldwell Scholarship, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.

1985                       Bacon Prize, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.

 

 

Current projects

 

Beyond Craft and Code (editor, with James Evans). An issue of Osiris devoted to the history and sociology of informational algorithms, with contributions devoted to the question of what will replace the conventional “craft” vs. “code” distinction that has long dominated analyses of algorithmic cultures but which is no longer adequate. Scheduled for publication in 2022.

 

The Science of Reading. A book on the history of scientific research into reading practices, from the origin of the field in German psychophysics c.1870 to its current extension into digital and online areas. First draft complete, currently under review by University of Chicago Press.

 

The Information Defense Industry.  The first in-depth account of how information in general, and intellectual property in particular, is upheld in the economy; a historical analysis extending from the fifteenth century to the present. In preparation.

 

 

 

Teaching

 

2021-22                Two-quarter “Colloquium on Early Modern Britain” (with S. Pincus).

                                “Science, Culture, and Society III.”

“History of Information.”

“Introduction to Science Studies.”

 

2020-21                On research leave

 

2019-20                “Science, Culture, and Society III.”

                                “Introduction to Science Studies.”

                                “An Age of Revolutions in an Early Modern Society: Britain from Reformation to Enlightenment” (two-quarter graduate seminar)

 

2018-19                “Censorship, Information Control, and Revolutions in Information Technology from the Printing Press to the Internet” (with Ada Palmer).

                                “Science, Culture, and Society III: Science in the Contemporary World.”

                                Graduate Reading/Research class on early modern Britain (with Steven Pincus)

 

2017-18                “Science, Culture, and Society I.”

                                “Introduction to Science Studies.”

                                “Britain’s Age of Revolutions.”

                                “History of Information.”

 

2016-17                 On research leave

 

2015-16                 “Science, Culture, and Society II.”

                                “Introduction to Science Studies.”

                                “The History of Information.”

                                “Early Modern Britain.”

 

2014-15                 “Science, Culture, and Society II.”

                                “Introduction to Science Studies.”

                                “The History of Information.”

                                “Early Modern Britain.”

 

2013-14                 “Science, Culture, and Society II.”

                                “The History of Information.”

                                “Introduction to Science Studies.”

                                “Intellectual Property and Piracy in History.”

 

2012-13                 On research leave.

 

2011-12                 “Historiography.”

                                “Introduction to Science Studies” (with K. Knorr Cetina).

                                “History and Historiography of Science.”

                                “Science, Culture, and Society II.”                             

 

2010-11                 “Science, Culture, and Society I: The Scientific Revolution.”

                                “Early Modern Britain.”

                                “An Introduction to Science Studies” (with Karin Knorr).

                                “Academic Warfare.”

 

2001-10               “Early modern Britain.”

                                “Historiography.”

                                “Introduction to science studies” (with J. Evans and with Karin Knorr Cetina).

                                “A history of reading.”

                                “Natural Philosophy 1200-1800.”

                                “Piracy and intellectual property.”

                                “Science, Culture, and Society II: the Scientific Revolution.”

                                “Science, Culture, and Society III: Newton to the present.”

                                “The book in early modern Europe.”

                                “Favorite readings in the history of science” (with R.J. Richards, A. Winter).

 

2000-01               “Early Modern Europe.”

                                “Intellectual Property and Piracy from Gutenberg to Gates.”

                                “Science and Society.”

 

1998-                    “Introduction to Science Studies” (Graduate: with G. Doppelt).

2000                      “Science and Society” (Introductory course to new minor in science and society).

                                “Sociology of Technology.”

                                “Humanities 2: Rome, Christianity, and the Middle Ages.”

“Media and Society from the Book to the Internet.”

                                “Introduction to Science Studies” (Graduate: with N. Oreskes).

 

1996-8                  “British History 1500-1700” (part one of a three-course sequence in British history).

                                “The Scientific Revolution” (solo and with K. Knox).

                                “Scientific Communication.”

                                “Early Modern Europe.”

                                “The History of the Book.”

                                “Early Modern Europe.”

                                Tutor in TIDE (a pedagogic initiative in multimedia).

 

1994-6                  Convenor, lecturer, and seminar leader, “Development of the Social Sciences.”

                                Seminar leader, “Introduction to Literature and Science.”

                                Convenor, new MA program: “Writing the History of Science.”

Convenor, new Part II course: “The Making of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe.”

                                Lecturer, new Part I course: “The History of the Book.”

                                Tutorial Co-ordinator, School of History (with responsibility for progress of all students in years 2 and 3 of a 3-year degree program).

 

1992-96   University of Cambridge:

Part II course: “Magic in Renaissance and Early Modern Europe.”

M.Phil. in History and Philosophy of Science: supervision and assessment.

“Natural Philosophy in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, c.500-1600.”

“Natural Philosophy and the History of the Book, c.1450-1850.”

Faculty of Modern History: “Social and Natural Order in Early Modern England.”

Acting Director of Studies in History, Downing College (Lent Term.)

Supervision (1987-94): Scientific Ideas and Practice from Antiquity to the Renaissance; The Scientific Revolution; History of Science since the Enlightenment.

 

 

Service

 

Within the University of Chicago

Search committee member, History of Science, 2020-21

Saller Prize committee member, 2020

Provostial committee on graduate student housing and travel, 2019-20

University of Chicago Intellectual Property Committee, 2019-20

Department of History Admissions Committee, member, 2019-20

Interdivisional Search Committee, Meyer Chair in Jewish Studies, member, 2019-20

Search committee, chair, Department of History, 2019-20

Promotion Committee chair, Department of History, 2019-20

Promotion/tenure committee chair, Department of History, 2019

Saller Prize Committee, member, 2019

Interim Chair, Department of History, 2018-19

Promotion committee, Department of History (2018)

Search Committee, Department of History (2018)

Admissions and Aid Committee, Department of History (2017-18)

Tenure review committee (chair), department of History (2017-18)

Social Science Division Dean’s search committee (2017-18)

Council of the Senate (2015- )

Admissions Committee, Department of History (2014; chair, 2015)

Tenure Review Committee (chair), Department of History (2013)

Search Committee, postdoctoral fellowship in Disciplines and Technologies (2011-12)

Ad hoc search committee in Department of History (2011)

Chair, Search committee in History of Medicine (2010-11)

Chair, Teaching committee, Department of History (2009-present)

Chair, Fellowships and placement committee, Department of History (2007-8)

Chair, CHSS (2001-present)

Chair of the Board of University Publications, University of Chicago Press (5/04-7/06)

Chair, Search committee in British History (2006-07)

Member, Board of the Library (2009-12)

Member, Bamboo advisory board (2010- )

Member, Divisional dissertation prize committee (2008)

Member, University Committee on Intellectual Property (2007-10)

Member, committee on program in Environmental Studies (2005)

Member, Fellowships Committee, Department of History (2003-6)

Member, Search committee in Latin American history (2004-05)

Organizer (with Richard Epstein, UC Law School): Cultural Policy Workshop series, 2004, on Intellectual Property

 

Beyond the University of Chicago (selected)

Series Editor, “Science.Culture” (Book series at University of Chicago Press) (ongoing; with Joanna Radin, Yale University)

History of Science Society, Reingold Prize Committee, 2020-22

History of Science Society, Pfizer Prize Committee, 2012-15 (chair, 2015)

History of Science journal, editorial board (2015- )

Advisory board, History of Cartography vol. 5, University of Chicago Press

Program chair for History of Science Society meeting, 2004 (with A. Creager, Princeton)

Advisory board member, Isis (2003-06)

Referee for submissions to Historical Journal, Canadian Journal of History, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, Huntington Quarterly, University of Chicago Press, Harvard University Press, Yale University Press, Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Ashgate Press, and others

Referee for proposals submitted to National Science Foundation

Referee for Macarthur Foundation

Referee for CNRS, Paris

Referee for American Council of Learned Societies

Referee for APS

Tenure/promotion/recruitment referee for various institutions (typically 1-3 each year, details on request)

Board member, Society for Critical Exchange

PhD. Examiner, University of Sydney, Australia

Committee, ASECS Gottschalk Prize: member, 1999-2000; chair, 2000-01

 

 

Conferences and Presentations (2006- )

2019-20 “Watching Readers Reading.” Keynote, NYU Conference on Marshall McLuhan

                “The Science of Reading.” HPSS Workshop, University of Chicago (cancelled due to pandemic)

                “The Policing of Information.” Early Modern Studies lunch, University of Chicago

2018-19 “On Privacy.” History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science Workshop, University of Chicago

                “Abiezer Coppe’s Fiery Flying Roll.” Early Modern Workshop, University of Chicago

                “Fiscal Chemistry.” Nicholson Center conference on “Disciplines of Experiment,” University of Chicago

2017-18 “Framed!” Discussion of Theft in the Art World, Smart Museum, Chicago

                Organizer (with James Evans), “Beyond Craft and Code” (a two-day conference on algorithms and society)

2016-17 “National Languages in Early Modern Books.” Renaissance Society of America annual meeting, roundtable

                “The Purloined Label: Some Consequences of a Customs Seizure in New York, 1992.” Conference on “The Uses of Anomaly,” University of Chicago

                “How the Renaissance’s Information Police gave us our Intellectual Property System.” Chicago Women’s Board.

2014-15  “How to be Cosmopolitan in Early Modern Europe.”  Pennsylvania State University

                “Living in the INFO Age: Historical Reflections on the Politics of Information Control.” Stanford University

                “Policing Publics: Information Control in the Modernizing Process.” Conference on Making Publics, Stanford Humanities Center

                “Living in the INFO Age.” HPSS Workshop, University of Chicago

                “How to be Cosmopolitan in Early Modern Europe.” Early Modern Workshop, University of Chicago

                Plenary Roundtable with James Secord: “Publish or Perish? The Past, Present and Future of the Scientific Periodical” conference, Royal Society, London, UK

                “Universal Libraries, Romantic Readership, and the Orphaning of Books.” CRASSH, Cambridge University, UK

                “Put Not Your Trust in Things: Authenticating Substances in Early Modern Europe.” UCLA

                “Lay Assaying and the Scientific Citizen.” American Philosophical Society Annual Meeting, Philadelphia

                Introduction, Summing-up, etc.: “Disciplines, Technologies, and Algorithms” Conference, Franke Center, University of Chicago

                “State of the Field” Discussion with Richard John and Daniel Hallin: International Communication Association Preconference on “Communications and the State: Toward a New International History”

2013-14 “The Cultural Origins of the Printing Revolution.” University of Toronto, Center for the Book

                “Creativity and Ownership in a Digital World.”  Panelist, Virginia Tech

                “Scientific and Other Revolutions in Seventeenth-Century London.”  Chicago Public Library

                “The Paradoxical Infrastructure of Innovation in Early Modern Europe.”  Illinois Institute of Technology

                “Kaleidoscopes.”  Smart Museum event

                “Explorers, Pirates, and Police.”  European University, St. Petersburg, Russia

2012-13 “Why We Need a History of Scientific Reading.”  UNAM, Mexico City

                “The Politics of Media Piracy.”  UC Gleacher Center

                “Pirate Radio.”  Batavia Public Library

                “Playing with Time.”  Panelist, Field Museum

                “Piracy and the Problems of Information Policing.”  NYU Law School

                “The Uses of Print in the History of Science.”  Bibliographial Society of America, New York

                “The History and Politics of the Information Defense Industry.”  Indiana University

                “Why We Need a History of Scientific Reading.”  Lisbon, Portugal

                “The Politics and Policing of Information.”  University of Connecticut

                “The History and Politics of the Intellectual Property Police.”  Basel University, Switzerland

                “Directions in Humanities Research.”  Panelist, ACLS, Baltimore

2011-12 “Ecology, Empire, and the Origins of Anti-Copyright Ideology.”  Loyola University, Chicago

“Imperialism, Ecology, and the Origins of the Anti-Copyright Movement.”  The New School, New York

Commentary, Society for the History of Technology annual conference, Cleveland

Commentary on Bruno Strasser, MIT [Cancelled because of illness]

“The Intellectual Property Defense Industry and the Crisis of Information.”  University of British Columbia, Vancouver

“Making Waves: Pirate Radio.”  Chicago Humanities Festival

“Pirate Media.”  Social Sciences Division Visiting Committee Presentation, University of Chicago

“The Intellectual Property Defense Industry.”  Yale University Law School

“Piracy.” University of Oklahoma

Participant in roundtable on prints and science in early modern Europe, Northwestern University

“Piracy.”  University of California, Berkeley

“Medicine and the Crisis of Intellectual Property.”  Entin Lecture in the History of Medicine, McGill University, Montreal

“The Invention of Scientific Reading.”  University of North Carolina

“The Information Defense Industry and the History of Networks.”  Keynote, conference on Network Archaeology, Miami University, Ohio

“The Invention of Scientific Reading.”  Brown University.

2010-11 “Imperialism, Ecology, and the Origins of the Anti-Copyright Movement in the Nineteenth Century.”  Coffin Lecture in the History of the Book, Senate House, London

“The Information Revolution is History.”  HoTT Visiting Lecture, Florida State University

                “For and Against Universal Libraries.” University of Chicago Library Group, Law School, University of Chicago

                Commentary, International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Property, annual meeting, Washington, DC

                “How Readers became Poachers: Modern Media and the Sciences of Reception.” Annual lecture for the Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture, University of Wisconsin, Madison,.

                Panel presentation, “The History of the Book: Promise and Limits.”  “The Immaterial Renaissance,” New England Renaissance Conference, Yale University

                “The Use and Abuse of Universal Libraries.”  “Why Books?” conference, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

                “The Historical Functions of Piracy.”  Scuola per Librai Umberto e Elisabetta Mauri, Venice, Italy

                “The Promise and Peril of Universal Libraries.”  California International Antiquarian Book Fair, San Francisco

                “The Invention of Intellectual Property.” Joint CCHS/University Library public lecture series on the History of the Book, Northwestern University.  Podcast here.

                “Inscriptions and Mechanisms in the Invention of Intellectual Property.” Keynote address, “Inscriptions: The Material Contours of Knowledge” conference, UC Riverside, March 2011.  Podcast here.

                “The Use and Abuse of the Universal Library.” Huntington Library, San Marino, California

                 “The Morals of Mixing: Cassettes, Home Taping, and the Emergence of the Intellectual Property Defense Industry.” Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Lecturer, University of Iowa

                “Texts and Machines in the Constitution of Intellectual Property.” University of Iowa

                “Unpacking the Universal Library: The Morals of Massive Research Collections, 1810-2010.” “Media Histories” conference, Columbia University

                “The History and Politics of Policing Intellectual Property.” Chicago Cultural Policy Center

                Introduction, CDI Project meeting on “Five New Projects.” Franke Center, University of Chicago

                “The Mechanizing of the Word: Texts and Machines in the Constitution of Intellectual Property.” Walter J. Ong, S.J., Memorial Lecture, St. Louis University

                “Imperialism, Ecology, and the Globalization of Copyright in the Nineteenth century.” Bongiorno Lecture, Oberlin College

                “Creativity, Copyright, and the Universal Library: Romanticism and Writing at Times of Media Revolution.” Center for Law, Technology, and the Arts/Center for the Study of Writing, Case Western Reserve University

                “The Crisis of Intellectual Property.” Center for Global Humanities, University of New England

                “The Debate over Google’s Universal Library in Historical Perspective.” University of New Hampshire

2009-10                “For and against universal libraries.”  Bennington College.

                “For and against Universal Libraries.”  UCSD.

                “Death of a Pirate.”  History Dept., University of Chicago.

                “The IP defense industry.”  Midwest Faculty Forum.

                “Historicizing Google.”  Keynote, Center for Library Initiatives Conference.

                “The future of Books.”  UC Alumni Club.

                “The Piratical Enlightenment.”  UIUC.

                Keynote, OCLC conference, Chicago.

2008-09               “God goes to Grub Street.”  Beinecke Library, Yale University.

                “Reading, listening, and viewing: social practices and the problem of public knowledge.”  UCSB.

2007-08               “The authenticity engine.”  Society for Scholarly Publishing, Boston, MA.

“Pirate principles: information, monopolies, and media in the modern age.”  Yale University.

                “Pharmaceuticals and the origins of modernity: adulteration, piracy, and credit in the early Enlightenment.”  University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

                “Babbage and the book: information, modernity, and media at the origin of the knowledge economy.”  University of Chicago.

                Death of a Pirate: Murder and Media in the 1960s.”  University of Michigan.

                “Pirate Listeners and the Political Economy of Broadcasting, 1920-1950.”  History of Science Society, Washington, DC.

                “Babbage and the Book: Printing in the Creation of an Information Society.”  Breslauer Lecture, UCLA.

2006-07               “The open source campaign in Victorian England.”  Mossman Lecture, McGill University.

                “The future of the history of science.”  McGill University.

                “The printing counter-revolution.”  Conference on “mediating Enlightenment,” NYU.

                “The identity engine: printing and publishing in the development of the knowledge economy.”  UC Irvine.

                “The identity engine: printing and publishing in the creation of the knowledge economy.”  SHARP conference keynote, Minneapolis.

                “Inventors, Schemers, and Men of Science: Intellectual Property and its Enemies in Victorian England.”  Nicholson Center, University of Chicago.

                “The politics of patenting and the nature of science.”  HPSS Workshop, University of Chicago.

                Round table on “Intellectual Property, policy, and public culture.”  Society of Fellows, Chicago.

                “When All Intellectual Property was Theft: The Nineteenth-Century Assault on Patenting and Copyright.”  University of California, Berkeley.

                “Science, industry, and empire in the invention of intellectual property.”  University of Notre Dame.