Down the Rabbit Hole: An Exploration of Time
- [PAST] January 14th, 2023
- 2655 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107 Seattle
- National Nordic Museum
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Inspired by the upcoming special exhibition "Mygration" at the National Nordic Museum, this virtual lecture explores time and timekeeping throughout history.
Join author David Rooney as he discusses how, for thousands of years, people of all cultures have used time and timekeepers to help make sense of their world. From the city sundials of ancient Rome to the medieval water clocks of Islam, hourglasses promoting virtue in the Middle Ages, the clocks of capitalism in the seventeenth century, Enlightenment observatories in India, imperial clocktowers and coastal time signals, and the high-precision timekeepers circling the Earth on satellites—clocks have helped people understand the universe, navigate the world, wield power, build empires, make money, govern citizens, and control lives. Sometimes, also with clocks, people have fought back against this control. Throughout, Rooney will consider what clocks mean, looking beyond technical accounts to shine a light on our wider cultural relationships with time: how time has been imagined, politicized, and weaponized over the centuries—and how clocks might bring peace.