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ISIE: International Expositions: Looking to the Past, Seeing the Future

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The inaugural interdisciplinary ISIE symposium will bring exposition scholars and enthusiasts together online from around the world.

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International Expositions: Looking to the Past, Seeing the Future, the inaugural symposium of the Institute for the Study of International Expositions (ISIE: https://www.isie-global.org), will be held online on 24-25 March 2022.

ISIE is a new global interdisciplinary network of researchers interested in the design, promotion, reception, and consequence of the world’s fairs and expositions held since 1851. Though rooted in the history of architecture, science, diplomacy, art, and technology, our members hail from many disciplines and we welcome all those interested in exploring the many intersecting aspects of international expositions.

The 2022 symposium will bring scholars and enthusiasts together to generate new ideas about the history and legacy of international expositions. We seek to emphasize new and developing strategies for research, curation, and preservation to maximize outreach opportunities. We want to facilitate both scholarly and popular understandings of the significance of these global events that serve as mirrors of concurrent (both real and visionary) political, cultural, and technological conditions of the times in which they were held. Our aim is to ensure that participants leave the symposium with new insights into the study of expositions and a stronger connection to the global community of scholars involved in the study of expositions.

In addition to paper sessions, we are pleased to announce a series of keynote speakers, including Professor of History at Montana State University-Bozeman and leading scholar on International Expositions, Dr. Robert Rydell, who will speak on the history of world’s fair scholarship, and former Minnesota Secretary of State and President and Chief Executive Officer of the Minnesota World’s Fair Bid Committee, Mark Ritchie, who will discuss the fascinating political story behind the US rejoining the Bureau of International Expositions and efforts to bring a world’s fair to the US in 2027. Other keynotes will be presented by Dr. Sarah Moore, University of Arizona, USA; Dr. Sudesh Mantillake, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka; and Dr. Van Troi Tran, Université Laval, Quebec, Canada.

The symposium will include a roundtable event focused on the future direction of the Institute, as well as opportunities to informally socialize and network with others sharing related interests. We invite those interested in the study of world’s fairs to become actively involved in the development of ISIE.

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