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Editor: Stefan Poser
Dear colleagues and friends,
The first chapters of the Newsletter offer to remember
the last ICOHTEC Symposium and to look forward to next Symposium in Copenhagen,
Denmark, 14 - 19 August 2007. Please find the minutes of the General Assembly
held in Leicester 2006, the call for papers for Copenhagen and additional
calls for papers of sections on our Copenhagen-Meeting.
The first call for papers of sections is dedicated to
a well established field of research in the frame of ICOHTEC, the technical
developments related to gunpowder. The second call is dedicated to technology
and medicine, the third one to a playful approach to technology. These
fields are new; thus we hope that you will enjoy them as much as the gunpowder-section.
Beside the general theme and these topics there is the opportunity to
submit proposals for sections and papers on your favoured subjects of
research, as every year. The deadlines are 7th and 15th of January 2007.
In the mean time our new homepage for the Copenhagen-meeting is arranged.
Please find more information concerning the 34th ICOHTEC-Meeting on www.icohtec2007.dk
If you want to publish some information in the Newsletter
- concerning conferences, research projects, jobs, new books, etc. - please
let me know.
An obligatory reminder: If you have not done so, please hurry up to pay
your annual - modest - subscription for 2006.
My best wishes to you and your family for Christmas
and the New Year
Yours Stefan Poser
I. Minutes of the ICOHTEC General Assembly in Leicester
II. 1 Call for Papers ICOHTEC Symposium 2007
II. 2 Call for Papers ICOHTEC Symposium 2007
III. Forthcoming Conferences
IV. Fellowships and Scholarships
V. Recent Publications
I. Minutes of the ICOHTEC General
33th ICOHTEC Symposium in Leicester, UK, 17 August 2006, at 18:04 -19:53
Location: Great Lecture Room, Stamford Hall
Present in GA: 35 members
Minutes by Timo Myllyntaus
Report by the President
The President, Hans-Joachim Braun, opened the meeting. He welcomed members
and thanked the local organizers, Alex Keller and his team, as well as
the scientific committee that had managed to organise very interesting
and coherent sessions from a large number of individual paper submissions.
He also expressed his gratitude for those colleagues who had collected
groups of experts and encouraged them to join their session proposals.
The President was pleased that calls for paper to ICOHTEC symposia continue
to attract a considerable amount of paper and session proposals. Although
the quality of these proposals has improved, the development has not been
enough strong. He referred to initiatives to provide guidelines how to
prepare better proposals and supported this kind of activity. Furthermore,
he reminded colleagues that for more than a decade the ICOHTEC has been
very dependent on individual members. Therefore, he stressed that while
ICOHTEC has to satisfy the needs and expectations of its present members,
it should work harder to recruit more, especially younger, members with
high scholarly potential.
Election of the New Executive Committee
The Executive Committee had discussed in its meeting the election of the
new EC but because not all members of the Executive Committee were present
and not all of them have had a chance to express their opinions whether
they are willing to continue or step down, it was found difficult to decide
on the appropriate number of open posts. Because of these coordination
problems, it was decided to postpone the election of the new executive
committee to the ICOHTEC General Assembly in conjunction with the 34th
ICOHTEC Symposium in Copenhagen in 2007.
The GA supported the Executive Committee's proposal to choose a temporary
nomination committee (NC) chaired by the Vice-President James Williams.
The election of other 2 - 4 members of the NC will be confirmed later.
The Vice-President with the support of the rest of the NC and Alexander
Herlea will ask the willingness of the present EC members to continue
for the next two or four-year period (2008-2009 or 2008-2011). After these
inquiries, the NC will prepare its list of nominees for the next election.
The meeting of the Executive Committee in Copenhagen will discuss this
list and the organisational reform of the EC before the election in the
The General Assembly agreed on these proposals.
Report by the Secretary General
The Secretary General, Timo Myllyntaus, said that at the Beijing symposium
ICOHTEC agreed on the following strategic objectives:
1) To increase its membership by recruiting especially younger scholars
and at the same time, to strengthen ICOHTEC's presence in Asia, Africa
2) To improve publishing activities of the society. The edition of ICON
needs revitalisation, The Newsletter could be developed further and in
the long run, it would be necessary to consider also other types of publishing.
Moreover, it is necessary to revive the old practice of publishing national
reports on recent developments in the history of technology in the ICOHTEC
Newsletter and possibly also in ICON. Reports on research topics in an
international perspective would also be useful.
3) The homepages of ICOHTEC should be redesigned and their contents ought
to be expanded. These pages should serve better the needs of the membership.
4) More efforts should be put to examining whether we have possibilities
to improve our contacts to other societies close to our activities in
the history of technology (the relationship with SHOT had always been
very close) but also with scholarly organizations in neighbouring fields
like the history of science, economic and business history or social and
In the discussion, the reform of the ICOHTEC homepage was considered as
the top priority and officers were asked to find an IT designer for this
task. Cooperation with various societies was discussed. Most promising
was seen links to the European Business History Association, the Secretary
General of which, Harm Schröter, had proposed an "exchange in
Myllyntaus said that the General Assembly in Beijing in the previous year
had decided to accept the proposal of the Technical University of Denmark
to organise the 2007 symposium in Copenhagen. The Chairman of the local
organising committee, Jan Tapdrup, gave a short but very informative report
on the preparation of the following symposium. Then the GA discussed the
venue options and decided to choose suggested premises in the centre of
Copenhagen. Negotiations on the theme led to favour design as the focal
point. The formulation of wording was given to the officers of ICOHTEC
and the attending members of the LOC. They proposed the following title,
Fashioning Technology: Design from Imagination to Practice, which was
accepted. After some discussion, the GA elected the following persons
to the Programme Committee: Bert Hacker (chair), Mats Fridlund, Ernst
Homburg, Susan Horning, and James Williams.
After dealing with the issues of the 2007 symposium, Timo Myllyntaus reported
on received proposals for the venues of forthcoming symposia in the years
2008 - 2011. The two candidates for the 2008 symposium host were the team
of professor David Zimmerman from the Department of History, University
of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and the team of professor Boleslaw
Orlowski, who proposed Augustowski Canal in Eastern Poland as a venue.
After discussion, the GA unanimously decided to favour Zimmerman's proposal
that was found well-structured and carefully prepared and it was also
accepted with a suggestion that the main theme of the 2008 symposium should
be decided in the General Assembly in Copenhagen.
The 2009 symposium will be held in conjunction of the International Science
History Congress (ISHC) in Budapest in cooperation with IUHPS/DHST. It
was suggested that session proposals should be submitted to the secretary
general by the GA in Copenhagen.
The GA discussed two proposals for the venue of the 2010 symposium. The
first proposal received was put forward by the City of Tampere, Tampere
Museums and the University of Tampere and the second one was suggested
by the team headed by professor Boleslaw Orlowski from Warsaw. The bid
of Tampere printed in the form of a leaflet supported by an illustrated
broschure were circulated in the GA. The proposal of the Tampere team
to host a joint conference of ICOHTEC and TICCIH aroused a lot of discussion.
More detailed plans - especially on the scientific programme and practical
arrangements - were asked from both bidders. As a result, the decision
on the venue of the 2010 meeting was postponed to the Copenhagen Symposium.
Two candidates were interested to host the 2011 symposium. They were the
above mentioned Polish team and the other was the "Croatian ICOHTEC
Branch" headed by Ante Sekso Telento from Zagreb. Respectively, proposed
venues are Augustowski Canal in Eastern Poland and Sibenik, a town of
50'000, on the Adriatic coast in Croatia. Because both these proposals
were fairly vague and tentative, it was decided to ask these teams to
supply more elaborated proposals by the next symposium.
Report by the Treasurer
Wolfhard Weber presented his report and mentioned that the printing costs
of the ICON has risen during the past financial year. Nevertheless, the
financial situation of the ICOHTEC is satisfactory.
The auditor R. A. Buchanan said that he had checked the ICOHTEC accounts
and found everything in order. Buchanan confirmed the treasurer's statement
and said that he wanted to congratulate the treasurer on his excellent
job. On the basis of this, the GA accepted the ICOHTEC accounts.
Report by the Editor
Alex Keller said that after the last GA both ICON volumes 10 and 11 have
been published. Furthermore, he assured that also volume 12 as larger
and more expensive will be sent to members soon. The GA discussed how
to develop ICON and how to arrange its editing in the future.
The President, Hans-Joachim Braun, thanked the editor for his report and
closed the General Assembly.
II.1 Call for Papers - ICOHTEC Symposium
The International Committee for the History of Technology's
34th Symposium in Copenhagen, Denmark, 14-19 August 2007
Deadline for proposals is 15 January 2007
Fashioning Technology: Design from Imagination to Practice
is the symposium's general theme. While open to all proposals dealing
with the history of technology, the program committee suggests the following
subthemes for the consideration of session organizers and contributors:
- Consequences of design, purposeful and accidental
- National styles in design and technology: myth or fact?
- Embodying design in products
- Social and/or cultural values in the design of products, machines and
- Designers: craftsmen, engineers, artists, or something else?
- Fe/male designs: sex and gender in design
- Tweaking technology and products: users as designers
- Imaginary designs: unrealized, utopian and immaterial constructions
- Design history in the context of the history of technology
- Designing consumption from commodities to malls
- Reshaping spaces: landscapes, cityscapes and technoscapes
- The fashioned body: technologies of food, clothing and medicine
- Building technoscience: design in the laboratory
We urge contributors to organize sessions of three or more
papers. Individual paper submissions will, of course, be accepted. Note:
Membership in ICOHTEC is not required to participate in the symposium.
Special features of ICOHTEC's 34th Symposium include the
annual Mel Kranzberg Lecture by a distinguished historian of technology,
the traditional Jazz Night, several excursions, and a special plenary
"Copenhagen Session" of invited scholars.
INDIVIDUAL PAPER proposals must include: (1) a 250-word
(maximum) abstract in English; and (2) a one-page CV. Abstracts should
include the author's name and email address, a short descriptive title,
a concise statement of the thesis, a brief discussion of the sources,
and a summary of the major conclusions. Please indicate if you intend
your paper for one of the specified subthemes. In preparing your paper,
remember that presentations are not full-length articles. You will have
no more than 20 minutes to speak, which is roughly equivalent to 8 double-spaced
typed pages. Contributors are encouraged to submit full-length versions
of their papers after the conference for consideration by ICOHTEC's journal
ICON. If you are submitting a paper proposal dealing with a particular
subtheme, please indicate this in your proposal, and assist the program
committee in assigning your paper to a session. Sessions organized by
the program committee will not have a formal commentator but a "respondent"
may be appointed to attend the session and give the first comment on the
presentations. For more suggestions about preparing your symposium presentation,
please consult the guidelines at the symposium web site: www.icohtec2007.dk
SESSION proposals must include, in addition to abstracts
and CVs for each paper as described above: (1) an abstract of the session
(250 words maximum), listing the proposed papers, and a chair, as well
as a respondent (if desired), for each section; (2) and a one-page CV
for each contributor, including chair and respondent. Sessions should
consist of at least three speakers, and may include several sections of
three speakers each, which might extend over more than one day.
Proposals for individual papers and sessions can be entered on the website
PROPOSALS after 1 October 2006. You may sign up for an e-mail service
which reports back once the Integrated Digital Conference System for ICOHTEC
2007 is activated.
If web access is unavailable, proposals may be sent by fax to The Conference
Office, ICOHTEC 2007 at +45 4588 3040. Otherwise they may be sent via
regular mail postmarked not later than 1 January 2007 to The Conference
Office, ICOHTEC 2007, DTV, Postbox 777, DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark.
The program committee, chaired by Barton C. Hacker, will
notify all who submitted proposal of their acceptance or rejection by
1 February 2007.
All questions should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org
Graduate students members of the Society for the History
of Technology (SHOT) are eligible for travel support. Go to: http://www.shot.jhu.edu/Awards/icohtec2.htm
II.2 Call for papers for ICOHTEC-Sections
THE DESIGN OF SITES OF GUNPOWDER/EXPLOSIVES PRODUCTION:
NATIONAL AND TECHNOLOGICAL INFLUENCES
Call for papers for an ICOHTEC-Section 2007 by Brenda Buchanan,
The subject of this proposed session will fit in well with
the symposium sub-theme of NATIONAL STYLES IN DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY: MYTH
However, papers on other aspects of the history of gunpowder and explosives
will also be welcome. The location of the major mid-eighteenth century
gunpowder works at Frederiksvaerk, within reasonable travelling distance
of Copenhagen, will be a special attraction in the Gunpowder Session.
Please contact Dr. Brenda Buchanan, email@example.com
and submit an abstract by 7 January 2007.
Designing the Body: Technology and Medicine
Call for papers for an ICOHTEC-Session 2007 by Hans-Joachim Braun,
Helmut Schmidt-University Hamburg (organizer)
This is a fashionable topic and is present in the media
all the time: some surgeon, often of dubious medical expertise, makes
a mess of a beauty operation; the disappointed and furious patient claims
compensation. But it is not only the history and ethics of this kind of
surgery which offers itself to scholarly investigation in a session on
medical technology. To start with, the body is fashioned by artificial
insemination but also by artificial limbs or organ transplantations.
In a wider context there are other issues which are part of this session's
- designing noninvasive imaging technology for diagnostic purposes
- designing new surgical instruments or pharmaceuticals for therapy
- possible national (and definitely cultural) "styles" of designing
- relevant ethical issues
- relationship between surgeons, scientists, engineers and (big) business
- gender and medical technology
- medical technology failures
- designing surgeries and hospitals
- alternative medicine
These are only some topics which come to mind when thinking about the
theme of the session. Offers for contributions are welcome.
Please contact Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Braun, firstname.lastname@example.org,
and submit an abstract by 7 January 2007.
PLAYING WITH TECHNOLOGY: SPORTS, TOYS AND AMUSEMENT PARKS
Call for papers for an ICOHTEC-Session 2007 by Nikolaus
Katzer, Helmut Schmidt-University Hamburg, and Stefan Poser,
Technical University Berlin, Germany
Both technology and play have crucial functions in human
life. They have strongly influenced the development of societies. During
the last decades technology-based play has become more and more important:
(i) The so-called leisure society has begun to take shape. Supply of and
demand for games increased; the leisure industry is still growing. (ii)
Elements of play can be found in fields of work and applications of play
in working processes (as in programming computers) are growing as well.
(iii) Simulations and virtual worlds - which are close to play in some
way - are becoming more important.
The idea of the session is to analyse mutual influences
of technology and play. The approach is based on a broad comprehensive
understanding of play. To connect play and gratification enables us to
investigate the following main areas:
1. Sports and leisure as well as
2. Toys and (children's) play,
3. Technology based festivities, annual fairs and amusement parks and
4. Elements of technology-based play in fields of work.
The main emphasis of this section will be on technology-based play in
sports; contributions on other fields of play are welcome as well.
The main questions are:
1. How important is technology for play in general?
2. How important is a playful, joyful approach for the development, acceptance
and appropriation of technology?
3. In which way has technology-based play influenced the development of
In sports, sophisticated technological equipment of the
sportsmen is absolutely necessary to win a game. Numerous technical solutions
have been developed. There are new materials and new technologies as well
as traditional ones developed in a special manner. In some modern sports
like roller skating or snowboarding some sportsmen identify themselves
with their equipment in such a way that the result comes close to a symbiosis.
In children's rooms one can find numerous models of machines that represent
technology and technological processes. They are mirrors of the technological
and societal development. For several kinds of play and for some games
(like, for example, the game boy), technology is needed. So, especially
since the beginning of industrialisation, not only kitchens and workshops
but also children's rooms have become a kind of technotope.
In amusement parks technology is presented to the visitors, too: bikes,
cars and models of aeroplanes can be found on roundabouts, scooters mediate
an idea of the freedom to run a car and owners of a fair business at about
1900 presented their steam engines (to run a roundabout e.g.) proudly
to public. Mechanised rides as Ferries wheels and especially roller coasters
are in fact sophisticated technological constructions with the aim to
encourage emotions by means of physical experience.
The mutual influences which result from these developments seem to be
very useful to analyse questions of acceptance and appropriation of technology
as well as questions of technological and industrial development. It will
be interesting to approach the subject from an interdisciplinary perspective.
Scholars from various disciplines are welcome to contribute.
Please contact us - Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Katzer, email@example.com
and Dr. Stefan Poser, firstname.lastname@example.org
- and submit an abstract by 7 January 2007.
The early deadline will enable the organizers to submit
the concepts of the whole sections to the ICOHTEC Program Committee in
III. Forthcoming Conferences
4-6 January 2007
British Society for the History of Science Postgraduate Conference
British Society for the History of Science, Durham (UK)
CFP: Deadline passed
The next British Society for the History of Science (BSHS)
postgraduate conference will be hosted by the Department of Philosophy
in collaboration with the Centre for the History of Medicine and Disease
at Durham University, from Thursday 4th to Saturday 6th January 2007.
The annual BSHS postgraduate conference is an opportunity for postgraduates,
from the UK and abroad, researching within the history of science, technology
and medicine to present their research.
Please contact the Organising Committee: email@example.com
Conference homepage: http://www.dur.ac.uk/bshs.pg2007/bshspg2007.html
6-8 April 2007
Call for Papers Deadline January 1, 2007
MEPHISTOS is an international, interdisciplinary conference
devoted to the History, Philosophy, Sociology and Anthropology of Science,
Technology, and Medicine-organized by graduate students and for graduate
students. We invite graduate students of all levels, working in any field
of science studies, to apply. MEPHISTOS is a premier opportunity for young
scholars to present papers, participate in discussions, and develop collaborations
with others. The graduate community of the University of California, Los
Angeles is proud to host the twenty-fifth annual MEPHISTOS conference
on April 6-8, 2007.
The MEPHISTOS Organizing Committee welcomes proposals for
individual papers written by graduate students examining issues related
to the History, Philosophy, Sociology, and Anthropology of Science, Technology,
and Medicine. Applicants should not, however, feel constrained by the
above-listed disciplinary approaches. We welcome paper proposals from
all disciplinary fields. Further, applicants should not feel restricted
to the modern and contemporary time period only as we strongly encourage
paper proposals devoted to early modern, ancient, medieval and renaissance
periods as well.
Past papers and discussions have addressed the following
issues: Health and Normalcy; Measurement, Evidence, and Representation
in Science and Medicine; Technology and Society; Narrative and Science;
Knowledge-Making, Knowledge-Forgetting; Religion and Science; Science
in the Media; Science and Gender; Science and Art; Ancient Studies of
Science; Sciences for the Environment; Non-Western Science; Information
Technology; Philosophy of the Mind and the Body.
All interested applicants please submit a Cover Letter,
including your department and university affiliation and contact information,
and an Abstract (200-300 words, separate attachments in Word, RTF or plain-text
format preferred) by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
DEADLINE is January 1st, 2007
More information is available at our web site, http://mephistos.bol.ucla.edu/,
and questions may be directed to Gustavo Garza at email@example.com
or to Daniel E. Crosby, firstname.lastname@example.org
11-13 May 2007
Technik und Wissen, Technology and Knowledge
Wissenschaftliche Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Technikgeschichte
Annual Meeting of the German Association for the History of Technology
TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany
Deadline of the cfp: 12 January 2007
It is impossible, to develop and even to use technical
devices without knowledge. And knowledge seems to become more important
in science-based societies. Thus analyzing different kinds of knowledge
and mutual influences between knowledge and technology is an interesting
task - not only for historians. On the annual meeting of the GTG different
approaches to knowledge and technology will be discussed.
Please find more information on
Please contact Dr. Frank Dittmann, Deutsches Museum Muenchen,
25 and 26 May 2007
The European Union in Search of Political Identity and Legitimacy
Call for papers - Deadline passed
This international conference is the concluding event in
the activities pursued for the past two years by a research network (Jointly
Executed Research Project 5.2.1) of twenty institutes all across Europe
within GARNET, an EU Network of Excellence under the Sixth Framework Programme.
We have been studying political identity and legitimacy
in the European Union because these elements are relevant to its contribution
to regional and global governance. But the Union has so far failed in
its attempt to become a full-fledged polity, the French and Dutch referenda
on the Constitutional Treaty and other developments have signalled the
absence of a strong feeling of belonging together among citizens and elites,
and the still insufficient credibility of the European institutions. Internal
and even more international factors however keep and will keep the polity
question in Europe alive. What a political identity of the Europeans,
as different from the social and cultural one, may mean, how a substantial
legitimacy of the EU institutions can be made credible across the continent,
and which processes must be fostered if the present democratic deficit(s)
is (or are) to be addressed -- these are the main problems underlying
Please find a link to research materials on the Garnet
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Professor Furio Cerutti, Dip. di Filosofia, Universita di Firenze:
28-30 May 2007
Annual Conference - Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of
Deadline February 1, 2007
The Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Science
(CSHPS) will hold its annual conference as part of the Congress of the
Humanities and Social Sciences (CFHSS) at the University of Saskatchewan.
The program committee invites abstracts for individual papers or proposals
for sessions. For details, see
21-23 June 2007
2007 BI-ANNUAL ANGLO-DUTCH-GERMAN WORKSHOP
Call for Papers- Deadline passed
Institut für Geschichte der Medizin der Robert Bosch Stiftung
Faculteit der Culturrwetenschappen der Universität Maastricht
Centre for the History of Medicine and Humanities Research Centre at the
University of Warwick
Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at University College
The production, migration, internationalisation, and indigenization
of knowledge have been much discussed in the history of science and psychology.
Far less attention has been paid to the exchange, transfer, and circulation
of medical and biomedical knowledge, skills, and technologies between
regions, nations and empires. Nor has much interest been taken in the
agents and agencies involved in these transportations. This workshop seeks
to address this relatively neglected topic. Put simply, it asks 'how exactly
does 'medicine' travel?' In particular, it seeks to explore how locally
produced knowledge and practices are distributed, exchanged, and shared,
and to what effect. How does medicine differ from science in these respects
- does the attachment to patients make a difference? What are the problems
of translation, literally and metaphorically?
Please contact Robert Jütte, email@example.com
5-9 June 2007
'Environmental connections: Europe and the wider World'
4th ESEH Conference
Fourth Conference of the European Society for Environmental History
Call for Papers - Deadline 1 June 2006
The European Society for Environmental History invites proposals for panels
and posters for its upcoming 4th conference in
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The ultimate question for our generation concerns the sustainability of
human activities within the ecological carrying capacity of the earth.
In the past this question emerged on various spatial scales, but nowadays
it has become very relevant on the global scale. Understanding the past
is a prerequisite for facing the future. This applies to questions of
sustainability more than for many other subjects. Research in environmental
history makes an important contribution to understanding the past by collecting
and processing information about the complex relationship between humans
and nature over a long span of time.
With this congress we encourage members of the scholarly community from
all over the world to increase our knowledge basis on environmental issues
seen from a long-term perspective. This will contribute to constructing
new worldviews about the interactions between humans and nature in the
past and the present. In this way, we hope to motivate educators, policy
makers and entrepreneurs to devise attitudes, policies and corporate responsibility
for the future of our planet and us.
The challenging theme for the 4th conference of the European Society for
Environmental History in Amsterdam, hosted by the Vrije Universiteit in
'Environmental connections: Europe and the wider World'.
Proposals for panels, papers and posters are invited, in particular for
the following strands: - history of exchange of biota, i.e. plants, animals
and other organisms (both intentional and unintentional) - history of
exchange of environmental techniques and practices (in particular regarding
water, such as for flood control, drainage, irrigation, preparation of
drinking water, cleaning of waste water) - history of climate change -
history of environmental ideas, movements and organisations - history
of monitoring the resources of the earth.
One strand remains open for other topics.
Submission of abstracts: 1 February 2006 - 1 June 2006
For information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please, note that travel grants will be available to contributors of the
next ESEH conference. Instructions below and at: http://www.let.vu.nl/conference/eseh/educationalGrants.html
In addition, the local organisation committee would also like to draw
your attention to the fact that Amsterdam is very full in June 2007, because
there is a very large competing conference and it is a high season for
tourism. Consequently, you are urged to make hotel reservations AS SOON
AS POSSIBLE, or you have to take a risk to be lodged in another town.
7 - 10 June 2007
Inventing Europe: Technology and the Making of Europe, 1850 to the
European Science Foundation EUROCORES Program
and Call for Papers for the
Third Plenary Conference of the Tensions of Europe Network
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Deadline: 5 January 2007
The European Science Foundation (ESF) and the Foundation
for the History of Technology in the Netherlands are jointly organizing
the Launch Conference of the ESF EUROCORES Programme Inventing Europe
in conjunction with the Third Plenary Conference of the Tensions of Europe
Network (ToE). The ESF EUROCORES Programme Inventing Europe and ToE strive,
through collaborative research and coordinating efforts, to promote studies
of the interplay between technical change and European history. Instead
of focusing on national histories, the emphasis of both initiatives is
on transnational technological developments that have shaped and are shaping
Europe. For scholars interested in the role of technology in European
history this event will provide a unique opportunity not only to present
and discuss current and envisaged new research, but also to create new
networks and plan coordinated activities for some years to come.
We encourage scholars from all disciplines who study subjects
related to the areas below to submit abstracts for the research sessions
and roundtables organised by the Tensions of Europe network. These areas
are drawn from the Inventing Europe themes (see http://www.esf.org/inventingeurope)
and the Tensions of Europe Intellectual Agenda (see www.histech.nl/tensions
Overall Theme of the Conference
The conference seeks contributions that will treat technological change
as an entry point into the contested practice of Europeanization. Four
general areas to be explored are:
" Building Europe through Infrastructures, or, how Europe has been
shaped by the material links of transnational infrastructure
" Constructing European Ways of Knowing, or, how Europe became articulated
through efforts to unite knowledge and practices on a European scale
" Consuming Europe, or, how actors reworked consumer goods and artefacts
for local, regional, national, European, and global use
" Europe in the Global World, or, how Europe has been created through
colonial, ex-colonial, trans-Atlantic, and other global exchanges
" Synthetic methodological or historiographical explorations of the
role of technology in transnational European history
The Program Committee welcomes proposals that address the overall conference
themes in the following two formats:
" Research sessions with three papers based on original research,
and an invited commentator. Because the conference encourages debate,
appropriate time for discussion should be allocated to the commentators
as well as the members of the audience. The papers will be pre-circulated
to all conference participants. Conference participants are expected to
have read the papers thus presentations should be brief.
" Roundtable sessions with an open agenda or one paper to start-off
the discussion. The sessions will host no more than six discussants including
the organizer and the chair. The organizer is responsible for preparing
a dialogue paper to stimulate debate, and if relevant, supplementary material.
Ideally, the dialogue paper will be a brief piece that poses a number
of historical problems and/or questions related to the conference theme
that will be addressed in the debate. While the organizer should propose
discussants, the Program Committee may make additional suggestions. The
chair may decide either to limit the conversation to invited roundtable
discussants or to allow the audience to ask questions and enter the debate.
Research sessions will be allotted a minimum time slot
of one and a half hours, and roundtable discussions one hour.
Deadlines and Time-line
The deadline for session and roundtable proposals is JANUARY 5, 2007.
The session abstracts (maximum 600 words) should be submitted by the organizers
together with the abstracts for the individual presentations (maximum
500 words each). To propose a roundtable, please submit a list of invited
participants and an abstract (maximum 600 words). When giving the proposal
a digital file name, please include the organizer's last name, and either
RS for research session or RT for round table. The abstracts should be
sent to the Program Committee by email to TOE@tue.nl
. Please direct queries to the Program Committee Coordinator, Donna
C. Mehos (email@example.com).
The Program Committee will inform the session organizers
about its decisions no later than March 1, 2007. Tensions of Europe is
seeking travel funding for those who have no opportunity to participate
otherwise. Costs of Inventing Europe participants will be borne by ESF.
More information will become available at the conference website www.histech.nl/tensions.
Papers and roundtable discussion texts must be submitted
to the Program Committee by May 1, 2007 because they will be distributed
to all conference participants before the conference on a CD and made
available on the website.
Note for scholars who proposed a project to the Inventing
Europe EUROCORES programme:
At the conference, researchers funded by Inventing Europe
will present their Collaborative Research Projects (CRP) in plenary sessions
under a format that encourages debate. Additional EUROCORES Programme-related
working meetings will aim at structuring future Inventing Europe networking
activities such as intra-CRP meetings, plenary CRP meetings, and Scientific
Committee meetings (see programme for details). This conference provides
the additional opportunity to respond to this call to propose research
and roundtable sessions with colleagues outside of CRPs--ToE network participants
and others. For more information, contact Rüdiger Klein (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For the ESF EUROCORES Programme Inventing Europe,
Rüdiger Klein, Programme Coordinator; ESF Department Head Humanities
For the Program Committee for the Third Plenary Conference of Tensions
Johan Schot, Chair, Eindhoven University of Technology
Donna C. Mehos, Coordinator, Eindhoven University of Technology
Mikael Hard, Darmstadt University of Technology
Per Högselius, Lund University
Dagmara Jajesniak-Quast, Centre for Research in Contemporary History,
Tom Misa, Charles Babbage Institute and University of Minnesota
13-17 June 2007
Past and Futures of Water
The International Water History Association (IWHA) fifth biennial conference
Cfp: New deadline 31 January 2007
The conference program addresses diverse topics related
to water history and futures, and will provide an excellent opportunity
for scholars and practitioners from a variety of disciplines and different
parts of the world to meet and discuss the many fascinating aspects of
Please find further information at:
6-7 July 2007
Minds, Bodies, Machines Conference
Call for Papers - Deadline 28 February 2007
This interdisciplinary conference, convened by Birkbeck's Centre for Nineteenth-Century
Studies, University of London, in partnership with the Department of English,
University of Melbourne, and software developers Constraint Technologies
International (CTI), will take place on 6-7 July 2007 at Birkbeck College,
Malet Street, Bloomsbury.
The two-day conference will explore the relationship between minds, bodies
and machines in the long nineteenth century. Recent research on the Enlightenment's
frontier technologies has established that era's preoccupation with developing
machinery that could simulate the cognitive and physiological processes
of human beings. According to some critics, however, these Promethean
ambitions were shelved during the nineteenth century, when the android
as artefact was relocated to the realm of the imagination, where it became
a threatening figure. According to this reading, the android as scientific
project and a figure of possibility only re-emerges in our own era. The
aim of this conference is to test this claim by exploring the continuities
and discontinuities in the imagining of the human/machine interface in
the nineteenth and twenty-first centuries.
The conference organisers - Hilary Fraser (Birkbeck), Deirdre
Coleman (Melbourne) and Paul Hyland (CTI) - invite proposals
for papers that examine the intersection of minds, bodies and machines
during the long nineteenth century. Topics include: the virtual and the
real; technologies of the sublime; evolution and machines; techniques
of communication; technologies of travel; medical technology; miniaturisation;
self-reproduction; and spiritualism.
The conference programme will include plenary addresses, seminars and
workshops. Confirmed speakers include: Dr Caroline Arscott, Professor
Jay Clayton, Professor Steven Connor, Professor Iain McCalman, Professor
Peter Otto, Professor Kevin Warwick and Dr Elizabeth Wilson.
A selection of papers arising from this conference will be published in
the online journal 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth
Abstracts for papers of 20 minutes, as well as details of expected audio-visual
needs, should be submitted no later than 28 FEBRUARY 2007. Please send
proposals by email to email@example.com.
8-11 July 2007
The Society for Philosophy and Technology 2007 Biennial Meeting,
Charleston, South Carolina
Deadline for proposals, 1 January 2007
The Society has sponsored conferences on philosophical aspects of technology
since the late 1970s. Conferences are held every other year, rotating
between North America and Europe. The Society welcomes a broad range of
papers from various philosophical perspectives and schools. This year,
the program committee especially invites submissions on the conference
theme of technology and globalization, but submissions on all aspects
of philosophy and technology are welcome, including work on emerging technologies,
such as biotechnology, genetics and philosophy, nanotechnology and information
technology. For details, see http://www.spt.org/.
3-5 August 2007
The 2007 IEEE Conference on the History of Electric Power
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, USA
Deadline for paper proposals: 1 March 2007
This is the sixth in a series of conferences sponsored
by the IEEE History Committee and the IEEE History Center at Rutgers University.
The conference will be held on the campus of the New Jersey Institute
of Technology, home to the Edward Weston Papers, in Newark, New Jersey,
USA. This is close to the Edison National Historic Site, which is undergoing
major renovation and is soon to reopen. The profound role electric power
has had in shaping the modern world, from Edison's first central station
in 1882 to the present, makes this a vital topic of historical study.
We expect that at this conference, as at our earlier conferences, we will
have a congenial group of engineers, historians, museum curators, and
others, dozens of fascinating papers, plenty of time for informal discussion,
and some interesting excursions. Conference papers will deal with all
aspects of electric power and its applications from the 19th century to
Please submit abstract and 1-page c.v., either electronically
or in paper form, to
Frederik Nebeker, IEEE History Center,
Rutgers University, 39 Union Street, New Brunswick NJ 08901, USA;
The deadline for paper proposals is 1 March 2007. Additional information
will be posted on the IEEE History Center Website at www.ieee.org/web/aboutus/history_center/.
14-19 August 2007
Fashioning Technology: Design from Imagination to Practice
ICOHTEC Symposium 2007
The International Committee for the History of Technology's 34th Symposium
in Copenhagen, Denmark (see above)
5-7 September 2007
CFP: Politics of Fear in the Cold War
Hamburger Institut für Sozialforschung
CFP, Deadline: 1 January 2007
Politics of Fear in the Cold War
Part IV of a Conference Series "Between 'Total War' and 'Small Wars':
Studies in the Societal History of the Cold War"
The societal history of the Cold War is inseparably bound up with the
atom bomb and the threat of the potential use of this weapon. Put more
precisely: with the fact that both sides possessed a weapon capable of
destroying all life. The politics of the bomb were embedded in a structural
dilemma. For the sake of self-preservation the military use of atomic
weapons had to be renounced. Intimidation of the enemy and maintenance
of one's own credibility, however, required that signals be given to the
other side that one was capable and willing to employ such a weapon. Necessity,
if not ineluctability, demanded an ambivalent and delicate mixture of
political principles: calculability to whatever extent possible, incalculability
to whatever extent necessary. In other words: The promise and guarantee
of security had become precarious-and with them the configuration of the
future as well as the very possibility of configuring it. For four decades
this was the hallmark of every one of the countless crises of confrontation
between blocs. "Staging the danger" and "sounding the all-clear
signal," "state of emergency" and "détente"
were inseparable components of the period's politics.
For that reason a discussion of the problem of "Fear in the Cold
War" is crucial. An international conference held by the Hamburg
Institute for Social Research, from September 5-7, 2007, will be devoted
to this topic with consideration of the following questions:
The first question posed deals with the social manifestations
and political staging of fear in the nuclear age. Put more precisely:
with the interrelationship and symbiosis of "being afraid" and
"instilling fear," with the instrumentalization and acceptance
of fear among the general public. It is thus presumed that the problem
of "Fear in the Cold War" is not solely a matter of a purposeful
political strategy. In addition, there is also the perspective of mental
and sociopsychological attitudes, including the willingness to be frightened.
The second question posed addresses the modalities of dealing
with fear, the reciprocal linkage between fear-creating scenarios and
the promise of security, of insecurity on the one hand and of a demonstration
of strength on the other; or the problem of how fear and its staging are
connected with the demonstration and verification of power, including
the cultivation of fantasies of power and omnipotence. It is thus presumed
that a staged condition of fear is not compatible over time with the necessity
of social cohesion and integration. To that extent, the existence and
staging of a threat demands its own counterproposal. Responses are sought
to the question of the nature of such a counterplan, of its political,
communicative and aesthetic forms of expression.
Third, it is of importance that the methodological implications
and premises of the topic be ascertained and that contributions that take
us even further in this regard be included. These should also deal with
the discussion that has arisen over the last few years. This presumes
of course that this discussion still requires methodological enhancement
and refinement. The conference should therefore also be a forum for the
exchange of innovative concepts and for a discussion of methodological
We are asking for proposals for papers that address at least one or possibly
more of the following aspects:
1. Political and military elites
What role does fear play in images of the world, of its politics and society,
held by the elite in decision-making positions?
2. The political instrumentalization of fear
Under what conditions is fear instrumentalized, for what political purposes
and with what societal intentions? What is the relationship between real
and constructed scenarios of menace? What political styles and what legitimizing
rhetoric are formed from them? What is thematicized and in what way? And:
When and under what preconditions is such an instrumentalization rejected?
How does one define limits in dealing with fear? To what extent does a
"politics of fear" establish order, self-assurance and cooperation,
to what extent is it detrimental to those political goals? What role does
the contribution of the media play in this regard?
3. Counterproposals for fear
What promises of security are evoked by or counterposed to fear? What
is the relationship between talk about fear and the proposal that one
need not fear? What forms of expression do such counterproposals take
4. Societal interaction with fear
Is there a willingness to accept fear and how does one decode that willingness?
What traditions and societal self-images are conspicuous? What is accepted
and by whom? Who are the mediators? In what social practices (like denunciation)
is social acceptance of fear reflected? Where are the limits of social
acceptance? Which counterproposals do critics (peace and anti-nuke activists,
disarmament advocates) make use of? Is playing with fear also a component
of the political counterproposal to fear?
5. Cycles in the political and social interaction with
What can be concluded about the cyclical tendencies of a politics of fear
and attempts to restrict it? And what's about its lasting effects? What
traces and vestiges remain afterward?
The topic is incorporated within the larger context of a global societal
history of the Cold War, in which particular weight will be give to comparative
studies of the nuclear powers and/or societies under the "nuclear
umbrella" of the superpowers. Therefore the focus will be on papers
dealing with the USA, Western and Eastern Europe, Japan, and the Soviet
The conference will be held in English.
All interested parties should apply by e-mail with a 1 to 2 page abstract
in English, plus a brief CV, including a list of publications, by January
1, 2007. This should be mailed to: Uta.Balbier@his-online.de
It is expected that invitees will submit a paper up to
20 pages long on their proposed topic by June 1, 2007. The Hamburg Institute
for Social Research will cover the costs of travel and accommodations.
For further information please contact: Dr. Uta Andrea
28 -30 September 2007
Praxis der Theorie / Theory and Practise
90th Annual Meeting of the Society for History of Medicine, Science
and Technology DGGMNT
Deadline for proposals 30 April 2007
In which way was research practised? In the History of
Science, Medicine and Technology it makes sense, to analyse mutual influences
between theories and practise. To which degree theories had been influenced
by different practise of research?
Please find more information on: http://www.dggmnt.de/tagungen/Wuppertal2007.html
Please contact: Dr. Sabine Schleiermacher, firstname.lastname@example.org
18-21 October 2007
SHOT-Meeting, Society for the History of Technology
Deadline of the call for papers: March 16, 2007
The 2007 meeting, which convenes 18-21 October 2007 at the Capital Hilton
in Washington, D.C., will kick off SHOT's two-year fiftieth anniversary
and launch its second half century around the unifying theme "Looking
Back, Looking Beyond."
Planning is well underway. The meeting will feature a special day-long
workshop reviewing accomplishments and challenges in the history of technology;
a three-generation plenary session; a luncheon honoring da Vinci medalists;
and a rich offering of gatherings, entertainment, and sessions.
Please find the call for papers and an invitation for proposals for other
25 - 28 October 2007
Mobility, History Heritage and Design
Fifth Annual (Jubilee) Conference on the
History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility (T2M)
Helmond, The Netherlands
Deadline for abstracts: 31 March 2007
This is a first Call for Papers for the fifth international
T2M conference, with the theme 'Heritage and Design,' to be held in Helmond
(near Eindhoven), in the Netherlands. After our successful conference
in Paris this year (with 175 attendants), individual paper and entire
session proposals are now invited, either on the conference theme, or
on any other topic from the broad domain of transport and mobility history.
Both 'Design' and 'Heritage' direct our attention to the
artefact and its context of production, use and re-use, in the latter
case either as a museum exhibit or as an object of leisure consumption
by 'amateurs.' However looked upon, recent scholarship in both Design
History and Public History has pushed the 'user' or 'mobility consumer'
into the centre of our analysis. Whereas the former studies the interaction
between producers and consumers, the latter develops concepts of presenting
transport and mobility as a lens to our current joys and chagrins in an
increasingly 'liquid world' (Baumann). Submissions are invited, not only
on what engineers know and how they know it (Vincenti), but also on the
'doings and sayings' (Schatzki) of the user and consumer. Recently, especially
national and transnational (European) governments discovered the importance
of making mobility history a part of cultural heritage. This conference,
therefore, provides a platform for historians of technology, museum curators
and design historians to join the debate about the cultural and material
turn in mobility history, nurtured by T2M since its foundation. Because
T2M wishes to provide a meeting space for all transport and mobility historians,
proposals not directly related to the conference's main theme are welcome,
Participants are encouraged, though not required, to organize
panels either on the conference theme or on any other topic from the broad
domain of transport and mobility history. A panel consists of a chair
and normally up to three speakers and a commentator.
The deadline for abstracts and a short cv (English only) is 31 March 2007:
maximum one page for individual papers or one page per presentation within
a session proposal, including a CV per person of max. 1 page as well.
Session proposals should be accompanied by a separate one-page overview
of the session, including chair and commentator and their CV's. Please
send proposals to: email@example.com.
Submitters will be notified by 30 April 2007 whether their
proposal has been accepted by the Programme Committee, and will then be
requested to send in a full paper by 1 September 2007 at the latest. A
CD-ROM will be sent beforehand to all participants so as to facilitate
only short presentations with an emphasis on debate and discussion. Registration
deadlines will be provided during the month of April 2007. At that time
the registration fee will be known (and will not be higher than €
120 for non-members of the association).
The conference will coincide with the internationally-renowned
Dutch Design Week in nearby Eindhoven (with 60,000 visitors expected).
The city of Helmond, on 15 km from Eindhoven, will support this event
by organizing its own exhibition dedicated to design and heritage. This
year, T2M celebrates its fifth consecutive annual conference. In cooperation
with the city of Helmond a special social program is in the making dedicated
to the efforts of the local and regional authorities to turn a small industrial
town into a post-modern (and controversial) marvel of town planning and
architecture within a European context. Part of this is the attempt to
make the region around Eindhoven into one of the European hot spots of
mobility design and heritage. Participants to this jubilee conference
are therefore encouraged to bring their spouses and partners to make the
conference into a truly memorable event.
For information on previous conferences and the T2M association, and for
any other information, see www.t2m.org. Further details of the 2007 conference
will be posted there in due course.
31 October -1 November 2007
"Making Science Global: Reconsidering the Social and Intellectual
Implications of the International Polar and Geophysical Years"
Deadline: December 31, 2006
The program committee invites papers for a possible two-day conference
examining the impetus for (and the impact upon) science, society, and
culture of the International Polar Years (IPYs) of 1882-83 and 1932-33,
and the International Geophysical Year of 1957-58, as well as how this
perspective might be useful for planners of the current IPY in 2007-2008.
We intend to explore the origins of these efforts, their political dimensions,
and their consequences. Proposals for papers should include a title and
abstract, as well as curriculum vita. For details, contact David DeVorkin,
firstname.lastname@example.org, Roger Launius,
launiusR@si.edu, and James Fleming,
2-3 November 2007
Sound in the Era of Mechanical Reproduction
Hagley Library, Wilmington, Delaware
Call for papers - Deadline 31 March 2007
The Center for the History of Business, Technology and
Society invites proposals for empirically based historical papers that
analyze sound in commercial, technological, and legal environments since
the late 19th century. Our principal interest is in papers that explore
the integration of sound with the commercial practices of music, radio,
film, and television, and the commercial engineering of sound in social
environments such as shopping and the workplace. Proposals can consider
the legal and cultural implications of innovations in technology and business
practices, such as the impact on the political economy of sound and notions
of sound and sound-based products as property. We also encourage papers
that explore sources of innovation in sound and music (especially from
communities and/or business enterprises defined by ethnicity, race, or
region), as well as those focusing on the transnational circulation of
sound-related technologies and business practices. Proposals should be
no more than 500 words and accompanied by a short cv. Deadline 31 March
2007. To submit a proposal or to obtain more information, contact Carol
IV. Fellowships and Scholarships
IEEE Fellowship in Electrical History-Academic Year
Deadline: 15 February 2007
The IEEE Fellowship in Electrical History supports either
one year of full-time graduate work in the history of electrical science
and technology at a college or university of recognized standing, or up
to one year of post-doctoral research for a scholar in this field who
has received his Ph.D. within the past three years. This award is supported
by the IEEE Life Members Committee. The stipend is $17,000, with a research
budget of $3,000.
Candidates with undergraduate degrees in engineering, the sciences, or
the humanities are eligible for the fellowship. For pre-doctoral applicants,
however, the award is conditional upon acceptance of the candidate into
an appropriate graduate program in history at a school of recognized standing.
In addition, pre-doctoral recipients may not hold or subsequently receive
other fellowships, but they may earn up to $5,000 for work that is directly
related to their graduate studies. Pre-doctoral fellows must pursue full-time
graduate work and evidence of satisfactory academic performance is required.
These restrictions do not apply to post-doctoral applicants.
The Fellow is selected on the basis of the candidate's potential for pursuing
research in, and contributing to, electrical history. Application forms
are available on-line at http://www.ieee.org/organizations/history_center/fin_support.html.
The deadline for completed applications is 15 February 2007. This completed
application packet should be sent to the Chairman, IEEE Fellowship in
Electrical History Committee, IEEE History Center, Rutgers, The State
University of New Jersey, 39 Union Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8538.
Applicants will be notified of the results by 1 June 2007.
The IEEE Fellowship in Electrical Engineering History is administered
by the IEEE History Committee and supported by the IEEE Life Members Committee.
IEEE History Center Internship-2007
Deadline: 1 March 2007
Scholars at the beginning of their career studying the
history of electrical technology and computing are invited to contact
the Center to be considered for a paid Internship at the Center's offices
on the Rutgers University campus in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
The intern program seeks to provide research experience for graduate students
in the history of electrical and computer technologies, while enlisting
the help of promising young scholars for the Center's projects. The Intern
generally works full-time for two months at the History Center on a Center
project that is connected to his or her own area of interest. This time
is usually during the summer, but other arrangements will be considered.
Interns are also encouraged to consult with the Center's staff and its
associates, and guided to research resources in the area. The internship
is designed for those near the beginning or middle of their graduate careers,
but advanced undergraduates, advanced graduates, and -- on rare occasions
-- recent Ph.D.s, will also be considered. Special consideration is often
given to scholars from outside the United States who might not otherwise
have an opportunity to visit historical resources in this country.
The stipend paid to the intern is US$3,500, but additional funds might
not be available to defray travel costs, depending on the intern's circumstances.
This internship is supported by the IEEE Life Members Committee.
There is no formal application form. To apply, please mail a curriculum
vitae showing your studies in electrical history along with a cover letter
describing the sort of project you would be interested in doing (see contact
information below). The deadline for contacting the IEEE History Center
is 1 March 2007.
Send information to Internship, IEEE History Center, Rutgers,
The State University of New Jersey, 39 Union Street, New Brunswick, NJ
Electronic submissions welcome.
V. Recently published Books
Reinhold Bauer: Gescheiterte Innovationen. Fehlschläge
und technologischer Wandel. Campus, Forschung, Vol. 893. Frankfurt/M.
Most of innovations are economically unsuccessful for various
reasons. Nevertheless historians analyze quite often only the successful
innovations. In result, the picture of the technical development they
draw is quite different from the results of research in respect to failed
Sacha-Roger Szabo: Rausch und Rummel. Attraktionen auf Jahrmärkten
und in Vergnügungsparks. Eine soziologische Kulturgeschichte.
The book is dedicated to experiences
on annual fairs and in amusement parks from a sociological point of view.
The author contributes to research on mutual influences of technology