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The Infrastructures of Creativity 

at the Illinois Institute of Technology, April 10-11, 2014

Thursday, April 10

9:15 a.m.

Welcoming remarks by Christena Nippert-Eng, Professor of Sociology at the Illinois Institute of Technology and M. Ellen Mitchell, former dean of Lewis College of Human Sciences

9:30 a.m.

“Creative Deconstruction: A Brief History of (Re) Defining Innovation,” Michael Schrage, Research Fellow at MIT Sloan School’s Center for Digital Business

10:30 a.m.

“Innovation and Democracy in Post-Industrial America,” Paul Starr, Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs and Stuart Professor of Communications and Public Affairs, Princeton University

11:30 a.m.

“Isaac Newton: A Wellspring of Enlightenment Creativity,” Mordecai Feingold, Professor of History, California Institute of Technology

1:45 p.m.

Concurrent Panels:


Panel #1 ~ Conceptualizing Innovation, Chaired by Jeremy Alexis, Professor of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology’s Institute of Design


Sam Franklin, Brown University – Creating “Creativity”: Scientists, Consultants, and the Search for the Human Ingredient in Innovation
David Le Poire, Argonne National Laboratory – A Comparison of 18th- and 21st-Century Challenges of Reinterpretation
Brad Tober, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign – Validating the Invisible: Examining the Comprehensive Integration of Ideation in Code-Based Design Processes
Lee Vinsel, Stevens Institute of Technology – How to Give up the I-Word: Academics and the History of a Concept


Panel #2 ~ The Art of Working the Boundaries, Chaired by Benjamin Lynerd, Visiting Professor of Political Science, Illinois Institute of Technology


Mike Ananny, USC – Innovating Prison Press Freedom
Noah McClain, IIT – Repurposing Rules and Tools: Institutional-Material Resources and Creativity Bricolage in a U.S. Prison System
Hannah Pick, Insitum – Is Creativity Enough for Organizational Change?


Panel #3 ~ Creative Networks, Chaired by Kim Erwin, Professor of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology’s Institute of Design


Laura Forlano, IIT Institute of Design – Across Cultures, Industries and Organizational Boundaries: Case Studies of Shared Machine Shops
Airi Lampinen, Helsinki Institute for Information – Networked Privacy in the Age of Social Network Services as Social Infrastructures
Harmeet Sawhney, Indiana University- Bloomington – Soft Infrastructures of Creativity: Processes and Formats

4:30 p.m.

“Curating Innovation,” an Invited Panel featuring:


Kurt Haunfelner, Museum of Science and Industry
Lindsey Thieman, International Museum of Surgical Science
Sarah Cole, Adler Planetarium
Adrianne Noe, National Museum of Health and Medicine

7:00 p.m.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: “Thomas Jefferson’s Progressive Vision: Enlightenment, Improvement, and Innovation,” Peter Onuf, Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Professor, Emeritus, University of Virginia, Corcoran Dept. of History

Friday, April 11

9:15 a.m.

“Science: The Raw Fuel of Innovation?” R. Russell Betts, Dean, College of Science and Professor of Physics, Illinois Institute of Technology

9:45 a.m.

“Doing 21st-Century Innovation with the Paradigm of 18th-Century Political Economy,” Fred Block, Research Professor of Sociology, University of California – Davis

10:45 a.m.

Concurrent Panels:


Panel #1 ~ Tipping Points: Ingenuity in Research, Development, and Standards, Chaired by  Svetozar Minkovj, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Roosevelt University


Ari Belenkiy, Simon Fraser University – Norms of Coining at the Royal Mint, and Newton’s Revolution
Matthew Shapiro, IIT – International Collaboration and Green Technology Generation: Assessing the East Asian Environmental Regime
Ann Smart Martin,  University of Wisconsin-Madison – “Call the Lamps”: Eighteenth-Century Design, Creativity, and Technology


Panel #2 ~ On Theory, Criticism & Artistic Creativity, Chaired by Nora Wili, Political Science, University of Illinois at Chicago


Gary Fine, Northwestern – Talking for the Object: Training MFA Artists as Theorists of Practice
Stephan Gutzeit, University of Oxford – The Bauhaus and the Art of Innovation
Harvey Molotch, New York University – Art as the Essential Element of Innovation


Panel #3 ~ Contexts of Creativity, Chaired by Daniel Doneson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Niberca Polo, The New School – Creative Insight by Dint of Synchronized Atmospheres
Ullica Segerstrale,  IIT – Creativity and Its Challenges: The Case of the “20th-Century Darwin”
Harold Stone, Shimer College – The Role of the First Learned Journals in the Republic of Letters

1:00 p.m.

“A Historical View of Intellectual Property and Piracy,” Adrian Johns, Professor of History, University of Chicago

2:00 p.m.

“Is Intellectual Property Law at Odds with Creativity and the Public Good?” Lori Andrews, Professor of Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law

3:00 p.m.

Concurrent Panels:


Panel #1 ~ Innovation and the Problem of Collective Action, Chaired by David Work, IIT School of Architecture 


Knowl Baek, Masha Safina, & Beth Schwindt, IIT Institute of Design – Using Value Webs and Activity Systems to Innovate Early Childhood Education in Detroit
Daniel Bliss, IIT – Institutional Collective Action and Economic Development – A Solvable Problem of the Commons
James Maciukenas, IIT – Kickstarting the Pursuit of Innovation


Panel #2 ~ Innovation at the Frontiers of Medical Knowledge, Chaired by Michelle Schwarze, Visiting Professor of Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Erin Dolgoy, Rhodes College – The Prolongation of Life for the Relief of Man’s Estate
Robert Graboyes, George Mason University – American Health Care: Closing of the Frontier
Ben Merriman, University of Chicago – Unmaking the Anticommons: Copyright for Donor Protection and Scientific Openness in Human Genetic Research


Panel #3~ The Social  Dimension of Innovation, Chaired by John Zumbrunnen, Professor of Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Jason Lajoie, University of Ottawa – Communing with the Web: The Effect of Digital Archaeology on the Value of the Web
Susan Liepert, IIT Institute of Design – Innovation and the Power of Stories: How Narrative Shaped the Acceptance of Smallpox Inoculation in America
Blake Smith, Northwestern University – Does Emulation Have an Institutional Basis? An Enlightenment Debate

4:45 p.m.

“Education for Innovation,” an Invited Panel featuring:


Laura Hosman, Illinois Institute of Technology
John Zumbrunnen, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Jamie Allen, Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design
Jennifer Phillips, Google

7:00 p.m.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: “Ducks, Dolls, and Robots: A Cartography of Magical Thinking,” Genevieve Bell, Director of Interaction Research, Intel