Media of Exactitude in the Humanities, Arts, and Sciences

eikones Forum, Rheinsprung 11, Basel, Switzerland

International Conference

Thursday, 4 October, 2018

The conference is open to the public.


  • Welcome
    Markus Krajewski (Basel)
  • Introductory Remarks
    Antonia von Schöning (Basel)

14:00-15:30 Panel One: Literature and Exactitude
Chair: Christoph Hoffmann (Lucerne)

  • Literariness and Exactitude in the Human Sciences
    Oliver Simons (New York)

  • Genies der Wahrnehmungen: Der Militär als Mathematiker und Künstler im Denken des 18. Jahrhundert
    Andrea Albrecht/Tilman Venzl (Heidelberg)

15:30-16:00 Coffee break

16:00-17:30Panel Two: Pedantry and Precision
Chair: Lea Bühlmann (Fribourg)

  • The Pedant and the Practices of Fault-Finding
    Markus Krajewski (Basel)

  • Precision Abroad: Marianne Schmidl and the Debate on African Numbers
    Anna Echterhölter (Vienna)

17:30-18:00 Coffee break

18:00-19:30 Round Table: Exactitude in the Sciences
Omar Nasim (Regensburg), Aleks Scholz (St Andrews), Barbara Koch (Freiburg)
Moderation: Alexander Honold (Basel)

Followed by Apéro riche

Friday, 5 October, 2018 

9:00h-9:30 Introductory Remarks
Monika Dommann (Zurich)

9:30h-10:30 Panel Three: Mapping and Sensation
Chair: Antonia von Schöning (Basel)

  • Differing Degrees of Exactitude in Planimetric Drawings
    Tom Steinert (Berlin/Weimar)

  • Negotiating Precision: Measuring, Categorizing, and Sensing Color in Beer Tasting Sessions
    Lorenza Mondada (Basel)

10:30-11:00 Coffee break

11:00-12:30 Panel Four: Media of Comparison
Chair: Rahel Villinger (Zurich)

  • Grasping the Elusive tertium comparationis: Challenges of Exactitude in Practices of Comparative Viewing
    Joris Corin Heyder (Bielefeld)

  • Autopsy and Collation
    Mario Wimmer (Basel)

12:30-13:30 Lunch break

13:30-15:30 Panel Five: Visualization and Calculation
Chair: Monika Wulz (Zurich)

  • The Limits of Calculation in the 1980s
    Jimena Canales (Urbana Champaign/Cambridge)

  • Between Exactitude and Aboutness: The Photographic Image as Data
    Estelle Blaschke (Lausanne)

  • Films of Flows: The Camera as a Measuring Device
    Mario Schulze/Sarine Waltenspül (Zurich)

15:30-16:00 Coffee break

Round Table: Genauigkeit in der Kunst/Exactitude in the Arts 
(in German and English)
Hanspeter Giuliani (Basel), Hanna Hölling (London), Kathrin Resetarits (Vienna)
Moderation: Noémie Etienne (Berne)

18:00-19:30 Keynote Lecture
Alte Universität, Rheinsprung 9, Hörsaal U101

  • Precision in Paris
    Lorraine Daston (Berlin/Chicago)
    Moderation: Markus Krajewski (Basel)