location: Royal Society, London
date: 24 April 2014
programme: download here
Lodge’s scientific reputation had been established through his work detecting signals transmitted through the ether and this interest places Lodge at the heart of a number of key cultural concerns. The ether was a cultural metaphor: a medium that was posited in order to account for connections between people of various kinds. Studying Lodge’s spiritualism provides a new way of understanding his physics, but also a way of approaching broader communication networks, occult or otherwise, of the period.
The poster and programme for the event are available to download here (pdf).
|09:00||Registration and coffee|
|09:30||Welcome and opening remarks, Graeme Gooday, Jim Mussell, and Richard Noakes|
|10:00||(Chair: Richard Noakes) Elizabeth Bruton, ‘“The Arch Builders of Wireless Telegraphy”: the roles of Oliver Lodge, William Preece, and Guglielmo Marconi in early wireless history’
J. Patrick Wilson, ‘Oliver Lodge’s Contributions to Technology’
|11:30||Tea and coffee|
|12:00||(Chair: David Hendy) Christine Ferguson, ‘The Case of Fletcher: Shell Shock, Spiritualism, and Lodge’s Raymond; Or Life and Death (1916).’
Richard Noakes, ‘Completing Modern Physics: Oliver Lodge’s Imperial Science of the Ether’
|14:30||(Chair: Christine Ferguson) David Hendy, ‘Lodge, The Ether and the Public Airwaves’Peter Bowler, ‘Etherial Evolution for Everyman: Oliver Lodge’s Campaign for Liberal Religious Values’|
|16:00||Rountable discussion featuring Liz Bruton, Peter Bowler, Christine Ferguson, Graeme Gooday, David Hendy, Richard Noakes.|
|16:45||Closing remarks, Graeme Gooday|