"Mapping Scholar Networks on the Campus: the case of the University of London"
Bruce Robertson
History of Art, UC/Santa Barbara, Microcosms
I will briefly present the University of London as a case study of the first virtual university. Founded in 1836 with the power to grant degrees, UL had no teaching responsibilities, no faculty, and no campus until 1900. Yet throughout this period, the UL demanded physical expression, in terms of location, in terms of specific physical spaces and in terms of material collections. As academic disciplines were created in the century, particularly in the sciences, the demand for physical expression grew ever greater. Finally, the University of London acquired a campus, a place for scholars and disciplines. This paper argues that scholarly networks inevitably require physical embodiment and location: the map is never fully virtual.