36th History of Technology Conference 2013

"Forms of Knowledge in Technology"
November 8th-9th, 2013, Klostergut Paradies

The 36th Conference on the History of Technology took place on Friday and Saturday, November 8/9 2013. The Iron Library, Foundation of Georg Fischer Ltd., located at the Klostergut Paradies both served as venue and hosted this event. This year’s conference focused on “Forms of Knowledge in Technology and the Transmission of such Knowledge”. 50 international participants from science and industry attended the conference. The 13 presentations given covered a range from “Knowledge- and Technology transfer in the Early Modern Period”, and “Historic Working- and Accident-Prevention Movies of the DDR” to “Importance of and dealing with knowledge in foundry industry, giving the example of GF Automotive”. One of the highlights of the conference was the visit to the Moser Family Museum followed by a dinner at the Villa Charlottenfels in Neuhausen.


Peter Berger, Luzern–Stansstad–Engelberg–railway LSE (former), Lucerne, Switzerland
Documentation of rack railway technology based on archives and experience by the Association of Public Transport

PD Dr. Axel Christoph Gampp, University of Basel, Switzerland
Magia Naturalis. Knowledge as emanation theory in early modern times

Dr. Stefan Krebs, University of Maastricht, Netherlands
Diagnosis by ear? The negotiation of new forms of knowledge in motor vehicle diagnosis (1950-1980)

Udo Kreutzarek, GF Automotive, Schaffhausen, Switzerland
The importance and handling of knowledge in a foundry group using the example of GF Automotive

Dipl.-Kult. Nele-Hendrikje Lehmann, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany
Knowledge in the collection. The example of the collections for iron metallurgy and mechanical-metallurgical technology of the Bergakademie Freiberg 1875-1930

Dr. Sonja Petersen, University of Stuttgart, Germany
The journal "Zeitschrift für Instrumentenbau" and its lecture hall - A forum for the "borderless" exchange of knowledge

Prof. Dr. Marcus Popplow, University of Augsburg, Germany
The use of the history of knowledge for the history of technology in early modern times

Christoph Rauhut, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Forms of knowledge on the building site - Or why new construction machines were (not) used on building sites at the turn of the century

Prof. Dr. Reinhold Reith, University of Salzburg, Austria
Arcana artis? Knowledge and technology transfer in early modern crafts

Matthias Unfried, DASA Work Environment Exhibition, Dortmund, Germany
Historical industrial safety and accident prevention films of the GDR - An analytical filmic examination of central knowledge transfer

Jonathan Voges, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany
From handicraft to DIY? On the diffusion of professional knowledge in households in the course of the Do it yourself movement in the Federal Republic of Germany

Dr. Anna Veronika Wendland, Herder–Institut Marburg, Germany
Knowledge forms of nuclear technology in transnational comparison

Christian Zumbrägel, TU Darmstadt, Germany
Simultaneity of the non-simultaneous (contemporary) forms of knowledge and knowledge transfer of (small) hydropower in the 19th and 20th centuries