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Mapping the wanderings of the Mundaneum in Brussels from inception until its move to Mons

Maybe this timeline would need some explanation......

The timeline in Brussels is an attempt to situate some of the events related to the life death and revival of Mondotheque in a broader context with regards both to local events and international situation. This timeline attempts to fix events from several geographic locations at different scales, and hopefuly provokes cqrrelations in time and space, that could help us formulate questions about the ways all those local events take place and reformulate themself in a global context.

The large archive ofthe Mundaneum was though by Paul Otlet with support of Henry Lafontaine at a time when occidental colonialism was at its high and the first tensions where only starting to manifest themselves, while at the same time war was at the door of modern european societies. The general Mundaneum project was mainly motivated by a ambitious ideal of peace It is in between war that the communication systems associated to Mundaneum were conceived. Some of them were thoughtas prospective possibilities, such as Mondotheque, but others were already implemented and formed the basis of an international communication network, based on postal services and telegraph networks. Otlet and Lafontaine's Project took place in an era of international aggreements over communication networks, associative structures, that acted as networks of information-sharing organising modalities of exchange to the general benefit of civil society. It was also a time of the rise of international countries aggreements; some of these structures are still the basis of our actual globalised organisation, but they are all chalenged by private capitalist structures. How does this relates to the comparison between the Mundaneum and the actual knowledge economy.

TIMES in Brussels and at different scales
1934 As the Mundaneum is closed by governmental decision, the archives are moved Rue Fetis 44, Brussels in the House of Paul Otlet HOUSE
1992 Creation of the Internet Society - American association with international vocation . NORMS
1960's "Les amis du palais mondial" organize different events to the memory of Paul Otlet HOUSE
1914 "The palais mondial" sets up at Jubelpark, 11 Parc du Cinquantenaire, Brussels. Installation will be a little delayed due to the upcoming WWI. CITY
1920 Foundation of the League of Nations at the Paris peace conference WORLD
1920 Opening of the "Palais Mondial" CITY
1924 "Foire du caoutchouc" at the Palais Mondial, some collections will be moved to leave space for the event. CITY
1941 Some files from the Mundaneum collections that concerned international associations, are transferred to Germany because they are assumed to have propaganda value. WORLD
1934 Publication of the book "Traité de documentation" PUBLICATION
1891 Henri Lafontaine publishes an essay "Pour une bibliographie de la paix" PUBLICATION
1895 2-4 septembre First Conférence of Bibliographie that decides the creation of "l'Institut International de Bibliographie" (IIB) CITY
1893 Otlet and Lafontaine start together "l'Office International de Bibliologie Sociologique (OIBS)" ASSOCIATIONS
1910 May Official Creation of IUA, "International union of associations" In 1914, it federates 230 organizations, a little more than half the existing ones. L'IUA promotes internationalist aspirations and desire for peace that will lead in 1920 to the creation of "Société des Nations". ASSOCIATIONS
1907 June Otlet and Lafontaine organize a Central Office for International Associations that will become the "International Union of Associations" (IUA) at the first Congres mondial des associations internationales in Brussels in May 1910 CITY
1903 Création of the international Women's suffrage alliance (IWSA) that will become the International Alliance of Women ASSOCIATION
1910 25-27 August Le "Congrès International de Bibliographie et de Documentation" deals both with issues of international cooperation between non governmental organizations and the structure of universal documentation. WORLD
1911 More than 600 people/institutions are listed as IIB members or refering to heir methods specifically UDC.. WORLD
1914 Germany declares war to France and invades Belgium WORLD
1919 june 28 Traité de Versailles WORLD
1924 Creation, within l'IIB, of the Central Classification Commission focusing on the development of Universal Decimal Classification NORMS
1931 IIB becomes l'International Institut of documentation (IID) and in 1938 is named International Fédération of documentation (IDF) WORLD
1939 sept 1st Invasion of Poland by Germany beginning of WWII WORLD
1908 10-11 juillet "Congrès bibliographique international" (Bruxelles) CITY
1900 "Congrès bibliographique international" (Paris) WORLD
1913 Henri Lafontaine is awarded the Nobel Price for Peace WORLD
1916 Lafontaine publishes "The great solution: magnissima charta" while in exile in United States PUBLICATION
1882 Triple Alliance renewed in 1902 WORLD
1904 "Entente cordiale" between France and England over the colonies WORLD
1890's first colonial wars (fachoda, boers...) WORLD
1889 Henri Lafontaine creates la "Société Belge de l'arbitrage et de la paix" COUNTRY
1944 Death of Paul Otlet. he is buried in Etterbeek cemetery COUNTRY
1993 Elio Di Rupo organises the transportation of Otlet archives to 76 rue de Nimy, à Mons COUNTRY
1890 Henri Lafontaine meets Paul Otlet PERSONAL
1894 Henri Lafontaine is elected senator from Hainaut and later on senator from Liège-Brabant COUNTRY
1907 Henri Lafontaine is elected president of "bureau international de la paix" that he previously contributed to organize PERSONAL
1891 Entente franco-russe: preliminairy to the "triple entente" that will be signed in 1907 WORLD
1870 Franco-Prussian war WORLD
1905 First Morroccan Crisis WORLD
1874 Creation of General Postal Union, by ONU [[1]] aiming at federating international postal distribution NORMS
1875 General Conference on Weights and Measures NORMS
1865 International Union of telegraph-future International telecomunication union (UTI) NORMS
1947 INTERNATIONAL Telecomunication Union(UTI) is attached to UN NORMS
2012 Failure of WCIT to reach an international agreement on Internet regulation. NORMS

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PersonPaul Otlet +, Henri Lafontaine + and Elio Di Rupo +
PlaceRue Fetis 44, Brussels +, Parc du Cinquantenaire 11, Brussels +, Cimetière d'Ixelles + and 76 Rue de Nimy, Mons +
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