What Happened to Wireless? | University of Oxford

What Happened to Wireless?

Speaker
Jacob Ward, Bodleian Libraries Byrne-Bussey Marconi Fellow
Event date
Event time
17:30 - 18:30
Venue
The Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX1 3BG
Venue details

The Weston Lecture Theatre, main entrance on Broad Street

Event type
Lectures and seminars
Event cost
Free
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
Recommended

The term ‘wireless’ has very different meanings today to what it meant in the early twentieth century: today, it connotes mobility, flexibility, instantaneity, whereas previously it has connoted fixity – ‘the’ wireless – and spirituality, with transmitting invisible signals through the ether. In this lecture, Jacob Ward (Department of Science and Technology Studies, UCL) explores what happened to ‘wireless’ in between these two meanings, from after World War II to the birth of the new wireless in the 1980s and 1990s, by exploring the imagination and imagery associated with wireless communications by its biggest proponents: the Marconi Companies.