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New ICOHTEC Newsletter  No 43: October 2008


Dear Colleagues and Friends,

As you know our next ICOHTEC Symposium will take place in conjunction with the 23rd International Congress of History of Science and Technology in Budapest, Hungary, from 26 to 31 July 2009.  If you missed the deadline of ICOHTEC there is still the opportunity to send your proposals directly to the central programme committee via Éva Vámos by the end of this year. The website of the congress is available at: www.conferences.hu/ichs09.

Thanks to our Secretary General, Timo Myllyntaus, who contributed the Minutes of the ICOHTEC General Assembly in Victoria, the Newsletter offers an insight in the development of ICOHTEC.

Best wishes
Yours Stefan Poser



I. ICOHTEC – Minutes of the ICOHTEC General Assembly                  
II. Other Conferences                                       
III. Call for Articles                                    
IV. Recently Publishes Books     



Minutes of the ICOHTEC General Assembly
35th ICOHTEC Symposium in Victoria, Canada, August 7 2008, at 15:3217:28
Location: University of Victoria, B.C., Cadboro Conference Centre, Arbutus/Queenswood room
Present: 31 colleagues

Minutes by Timo Myllyntaus

Report by the President
The General Assembly was opened by the President, Hans-Joachim Braun. He expressed his sincere gratitude to the local organisers, David Zimmerman and his team for organising this memorable and easy-going symposium. He also thanked the Programme Committee. In addition, he was grateful to his fellow ICOHTEC officers for their efforts, which helped to eliminate various incon­veniences related to compiling the scientific programme and promoted communication with participants. The president was especially pleased about valuable contributions by participants to this successful symposium. He hoped that we can learn many lessons from this anniversary meeting.
The president presented the suggestion of the nomination committee on the composition of the Executive Committee for the next academic year 2008 – 2009 (new members are marked by bold blue):

Candidates for Executive Committee Nominations, 2008





Terms of office
starting in Aug. 08 for:
1 year
David Zimmerman Mats Fridlund Vassily Borisov
2 years
Eva Vamos Takehito Hashimoto Bart Hacker
3 years
Patrice Bret Rebecca Herzig Slawomir Lotysz
4 years
Pierre Lamard Reinhold Bauer Bernardo Revuelta

After discussion this suggestion was accepted unanimously. Braun also proposed that the following past presidents, who all attended this symposium, will continue to act as the members of the Executive Committee:

  • R. Angus Buchanan
  • Alexandre Herlea
  • Carroll Pursell

The proposal was accepted without objections.

The president reported about the prize (3,000 €) for young scholars that is sponsored by the Juanelo Turriano Foundation. He was glad to mention a new announcement will be distributed in September. The call was to include some new features compared to the previous announcement: besides submissions in English, ones in other official ICOHTEC languages (French, German, Russian or Spanish) will be accepted and all submissions should contain a summary of 4500 words in English. The deadline for the submission will be 31 December 2008. Further details on the prize will be available in the autumn issue of the ICOHTEC Newsletter.  In discussion it was emphasised that the call for the prize should be distributed widely and efficiently, especially through inter­national email lists. In addition, it was wished that all members of ICOHTEC will spread information on this prize through their national channels as well.
The GA nominated the 2009 prize committee of three members, Bert Hall from Canada, Bernardo Revuelta Pol from Spain and Wolfhard Weber from Germany, to examine submissions and make their proposals to the executive committee well before the Budapest congress.
The president also reported that ICOHTEC is working to have a logo and welcomes suggestions from its members. Ideas and proposals should be sent to him or the secretary general.
Finally he mentioned that ICOHTEC should develop its relationships with other scholarly societies operating close to our fields. He mentioned that our cooperation with SHOT and IUHPS/DHST are good examples. The joint conference in Tampere in 2010 will be an opening to build new contacts to TICCIH and WorkLab.

Report by the Secretary General
The Secretary General Timo Myllyntaus explained some strategic lines of ICOHTEC. Building new bridges with relevant scholarly societies and other institutions, we aim to make ICOHTEC better known in the world and recruit new members of various kinds: graduate students, post doc researchers, free lance researchers, business historians, museum curators, archivists and professors. A goal is to turn our membership to a marked rise by the 2011 symposium. At the same time we should continue to develop our symposia, ICON and Newsletter and make them better known among various national organisations of the history of technology.

In his report, Myllyntaus mentioned that ICOHTEC had put during the past academic year special efforts for preparing three forthcoming symposia in 2009–2011 and starting the prize for young scholars. ICOHTEC will have its 36th Symposium in conjunction of the 23rd International Congress of History of Science and Technology in Budapest, Hungary, from Wednesday 26 to Sunday 31 July 2009.  The programme committee chaired by Reinhold Bauer has completed its work and the programme of ICOHTEC sessions will be announced in the autumn issue of our Newsletter. However, it is still possible to submit paper proposals to this congress. Latecomers can send their proposals directly to the central programme committee via Éva Vámos by the end of this year. The website of the congress is available at: www.conferences.hu/ichs09 .

The joint ICOHTEC & TICCIH conference will focus on the main theme ‘Reusing the Industrial Past’ that will include several subthemes from the mainstream history of technology to cultural and environmental history of industrialisation and deindustrialisation. This conference will take place in former industrial premises in Tampere, Finland, in 10 – 15 August 2010.  The GA unanimously nominated the following colleagues to the ICOHTEC’s programme committee: Finn Arne Jörgensen from Norway (chair), Lars Bluma from Germany (vice chair), Jan Kunnas from Finland and Slawomir Lotysz from Poland. During the autumn 2008, the conference will open its webpages at: http://www.tampere.fi/icohtecticcih2010/ .

Furthermore, Myllyntaus reported that two bids for the sites of the 2011 symposium had been received, and after the consideration, the Executive Committee had decided in its meeting to ask for some additional information from bidders. The decision on the site of the 2011 symposium will be made at the ICOHTEC’s GA during the Budapest congress next year.

Report by the Treasurer
In his report, the Treasurer Wolfhard Weber mentioned that the economic situation of ICOHTEC has remained stable. The accounts were examined by Edmund Todd, whose conclusion was that ICOHTEC has been run prudently and its finances are on a sound basis.
Weber also reported that during 2007 the number of members had grown slightly.  However, the flow of due income has not increased with the same proportion because some members unfortuna­tely tend to pay their dues irregularly. Following the suggestion by the EC, the GA decided to raise the fee in the American currency to 40 USD but keep it in Euros on the previous level, i.e. 30 €.

In addition, the Treasurer announced that the Juanelo Turriano Foundation had decided to donate another 2000 Euros to ICOHTEC to support graduate students to participate in our symposia. Announce­ments on these grants will be published in connection with the call for papers to our further symposia. The Foundation will also sponsor the 2009 ICOHTEC Prize for Younger Scholars.

Report by the Editor of ICONAlex Keller reported on the editing of ICON and mentioned that volume 13 (Copenhagen issue) will be distributed to subscribes during this autumn, while volumes 14 (Military history issue) and 15 (Victoria issue) are under preparation. In the discussion it was suggested that apart from its usual volumes on mixed topics, ICON should more frequently feature special issues focusing on certain research themes. Consequently it was decided that the volume 15 will be a special issue dealing with ‘technology and everyday life’ and be mainly based on papers presented at the Victoria symposium. It was decided that this volume will be guest-edited by Timo Myllyn­taus’es research team.

Editor Keller also transmitted the suggestion of the EC that Mark Clark from the Oregon Institute of Technology, USA, would be nominated to the post of the editor-elect for the term 2008–2009 to assist him to edit the above mentioned two forthcoming volumes. The GA accepted this suggestion after hearing Clark’s talk on his ideas how to develop ICON


Report by the Newsletter Editor

The Newsletter Editor Stefan Poser reported briefly about the Newsletter, which will continue to publish bibliographies and country reports. A country report on Sweden by Thomas Kaiserfeld was published in early 2008, and a report on Portugal by Elvira Callapez will come out in one of the autumn issues. Poser encouraged members to be more active in submitting their contributions and announcements to the Newsletter.

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The President, Hans-Joachim Braun, thanked all attendants for participating in the General Assembly and making constructive interventions. Finally, he closed the meeting at 17:28.

II. Other Conferences

5-7 January 2009
Fifth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability
University of Technology, Mauritius
(Deadline of the CFP passed)
The Fifth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability is an interdisciplinary conference examining key sustainability issues. It serves as a forum for discussion of the connections between environment, culture, economy and society and, in doing so, aims to initiate a productive debate about our planet and human futures.The Sustainability Conference brings together researchers, professors, students, policy makers, local and state admistrators, and NGO other private sector representatives in order to create a dynamic knowledge community. The perspectives presented range from global and universal concerns to detailed case studies.
Please visit: http://www.Sustainability-Conference.com
Please contact info+S09@commongroundconferences.com


7-9 January 2009
British Society for the History of Science Postgraduate Conference
University of Manchester
Final CFP – Deadline 7 November 2008

This annual event gives postgraduates an opportunity to meet, to share ideas and experiences, and to give papers in a friendly and supportive environment. In 2009, the conference will be hosted by the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at the University of Manchester. We welcome papers from both UK and international postgraduates who carry out research in any areas of the history of science, technology and medicine.
Please visit: www.chstm.manchester.ac.uk  and www.bshs.org.uk/bshs/conferences
Please contact pgconf2009@bshs.org.uk

16-17 January 2009
Workshop des Netzwerks für Terrorismusforschung (NTF), Interdisciplinary workshop for PhD.-students and post-docs of the network for research on terrorism NTF
Universität Leipzig, Institut für Philosophie
CFP - Deadline 15 December 2008
Please visit: www.netzwerk-terrorismusforschung.de
Please contact Daniel Meßelken (Universität Leipzig), Anna Goppel (Universität Tübingen), Anne Schwenkenbecher (Humboldt-Universität Berlin), netzwerk.terrorismusforschung@googlemail.com

26-27 February 2008
Technikgeschichtliche Jahrestagung des VDI 2009.

Flotte, Funk und Fliegen. Leittechnologien der Wilhelminischen Epoche (1888-1918). Aeroplanes, Ships and Radio Communication. Important technologies at the turn to the 20th century. Annual conference on the history of technology of the Association of German Engineers VDIDuesseldorf, Germany
CFP – Deadline 15 November 2008
Please visit http://www.vdi.de/41143.0.html
Please contact Prof. Dr. Helmut Maier, Professur fuer Technik-, Wissenschafts- und Umweltgeschichte, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, helmut.maier@rub.de

28-30 March 2009
Science, Technology and the Environment in
The University of Texas at Austin
CFP – Deadline 1 November 2008

We are inviting scholars to submit conference papers for the 2009 conference on The Environment, Science and Technology in Africa. One major goal of this conference is to concentrate on global/local relationships and how they have left their mark on the African environment. In the past few centuries, many foreigners have brought to the continent their notions of science and technology to harness both the African environment and often also its people. How have these schemes changed the landscape of Africa? How have locals resisted the imposition of these changes? While local knowledge has often been derided as the antithesis of science and technology, how has Africans’ knowledge of their land changed over time, and how has it changed their environments?
Some potential paper topics may include:

  • The role of science and technology in development schemes
  • environmental impact of resource conflict
  • pre-colonial environment, science and technology
  • environmental devastation from wars
  • environmental impact of refugees and displaced populations
  • urban environmental problems such as sanitation and slums
  • the history of science, health and disease in Africa
  • the environment and health; and the role of foreign investment and aid

Scholars of Africa must frame the reality and rhetoric of the current environmental crisis within the larger historical context of how Africa has often mistakenly been seen by outsiders as both an Eden and a wasteland. Science and technology have been brought to bear in both of these extremes as a way of engineering abundance and avoiding disaster, to varying success. This conference aims to consider these events and topics within an historical, global and local context. We are also interested in papers examining citizen reaction and perception to these topics through the lens of popular culture, literature, art, and music. As global climate change continues to gain worldwide attention and concern, the role of Africa and the role of the world in Africa will only become an increasingly timely topic for investigation.
As with all our previous conferences, participants will be drawn from different parts of the world. Graduate students are encouraged to attend and present papers. The conference will provide time for scholars from various disciplines and geographical locations to interact, exchange ideas, and receive feedback. Submitted papers will be assigned to particular panels according to similarities in theme, topic, discipline, or geographical location. Additionally, selected papers will be published in book form.
Proposals should include a 250-word abstract and title, as well as the author’s name, address, telephone number, email address, and institutional affiliation.
Please contact Toyin Falola, toyin.falola@mail.utexas, and Emily Brownell, ebrownell@mail.utexas.edu

March 2009 (the date is missing in the announcement)
Using Archives – Conference on Archiving and Reusing Qualitative Data: Theory, Method and Ethics across Disciplines
University of Manchester
This final two-day conference will focus on using archives and the users of archives. One day will focus on showcasing the best of work on archiving and using archived documents in academic research. A second day will focus on ‘non-academic’ users and uses of archives. There is a major policy interest in gauging the demand for archive services, and in assessing whether different kinds of users find archives accessible, both in practical terms and also in terms of their social and cultural organization. We will examine how the relationship between the archive and forms of knowledge are possibly being recast in this more hybridized context, and consider the changing socio-political significance of the archive itself.

Please visit: http://www.cresc.ac.uk/events/ArchivesSeries.html
Please contact Niamh Moore, University of Manchester, niamh.moore@manchester.ac.uk


12 March 2009
Crossing the Atlantic: Travel and Travel Writing in Modern Times. University of Texas at Arlington, History Department
Arlington, Texas
CFP - Deadline 1 February 2009

Crossing the Atlantic: Travel and Travel Writing in Modern Times is the title of the 44th Walter Prescott Webb Lecture Series to be held, at the University of Texas at Arlington. The lectures will explore travel and travel writing of Germans and Americans who crossed the Atlantic during the nineteenth and early twentieth century. Speakers will include Dieter Buse (Laurentian University), Andrew Lees (Rutgers University), Nils Roemer (University of Texas at Dallas), and Thomas Adam (University of Texas at Arlington).

We invite students and scholars who work on the topic of travel and travel literature to submit essays in English or German of no more than 10,000 words plus endnotes. Travel accounts played an important role in the construction of geographic, social and cultural identities and in the creation of long-lasting images and stereotypes connected with the visited places. Cultural superiority of Old Europe and natural beauty of North America became stereotypes that dominated the minds of people in the transatlantic world. The study of travel reports, thus, helps us to understand the mindset of the traveller and of the culture he/she belonged to. We invite submissions on any aspect of travel between Europe and North and South America as well as on travel writing for the time period from 1800 to 1939.

Please contact Thomas Adam, University of Texas at Arlington, adam@uta.edu.


4 April 2009
Unintended Consequences - 2009 Hagley Fellows Conference
University of Delaware
CFP – Deadline 31 December 2008

The University of Delaware–Hagley Fellows invite scholars to join us in a conversation about “unintended consequences” in the histories of business, technology, consumption, the environment, work, and everyday life. Seemingly rational actors make decisions, create institutions, shape environments, or develop technologies expecting certain outcomes, but things do not always go as planned. “Unintended Consequences” seeks to explore the enormous influence of these inevitable yet unexpected occurrences. How can research on unintended consequence contribute to our understanding of the modern world? Who decides what consequences are unintended? To what extent do we know the results of our actions? Why should historians pay attention to unintended consequences?
We invite papers that discuss instances of unintended consequences or address how the research of unintended consequences contributes to our understanding of the world since 1700. We encourage both graduate students and established scholars to participate. Financial assistance will be provided to all conference presenters.
Please visit: http://www.udel.edu/hagley/fellowsconference/
Please contact the Hagley Fellows at hagley.fellows@gmail.com

 23-25 April 2009Standardizing Psychoactive Drugs and Drug Uses 1900-1970. Working Group on Psychotropic Drugs of the European Science Foundation, Utrecht Descartes Center for the History and Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands CFP – Deadline 1 December 2009Psychoactive drugs and drug treatments, within psychiatry, as well as those that have entered the public domain, have begun increasingly to attract the interest of historical researchers. An aspect of this research is the search for generalized concepts that can be used to understand the dynamics of the life-cycles of drugs. One such concept, and the focus of a new research program, sponsored by the European Science Foundation, is that of 'standardization'. Standardization, understood as the assembly of techniques that result in selection and homogenization, seems to have been an important feature of the development, production, distribution, regulation and use of psychoactive drugs since at least the early 1900s. It also seems to be a characteristic feature of developments in local experimental and clinical practices, national styles of regulation, shaping of consumer demand, and national and local cultures of consumption.The workshop’s key themes are the extent of standardization, its meaning for understanding the dynamics of the life-cycles of drugs and treatment and other practices of use, as well as the failures of and obstacles to the process of standardization.  Please contact Dr. Stephen Snelders, s.snelders@vumc.nl or Prof Dr Toine Pieters, a.pieters@vumc.nl, Vrije Universiteit Medisch Centrum Afdeling Metamedica 

22-24 May 2009
Geschichte(n) der Robotik / History of Robots. Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Technikgeschichte, Annual meeting of the German Society for the History of Technology GTG
Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach am Main, Germany
CFP - Deadline 6 January 2009

The conference will analyse the history of (real) robots as well as the history of the representation of robots in popular culture.

Please visit http://www.gtg.tu-berlin.de/mambo/index.php?option=com _content&task=view&id=482&Itemid=267

Please contact Catarina Caetano da Rosa, RWTH Aachen, Lehrstuhl für Geschichte der Technik, caetano@histech.rwth-aachen.de


4-6 June 2009
Werben für Strom 1890 – 2010 / Advertising Electricity 1890 – 2010. Conference (in German language) of the Umspannwerk Recklinghausen, Museum Strom und Leben and the Gesprächskreis Technikgeschichte
Recklinghausen, Germany
CFP – Deadline  30 January 2009

Please contact: Regina Weber, Umspannwerk Recklinghausen, Museum Strom und Leben, regina.weber@rwe.com

18-20 June 2009
Civilians and War in the Long 18th Century
Early Modern Centre for British and Irish History (University of Oxford)and Eighteenth-Century Worlds Research Centre (University of Liverpool)Liverpool, GB
CFP – Deadline 1 December 2008
This three-day interdisciplinary conference will reconsider the concept of total warfare in the early modern and modern period.While total warfare has long been associated with the Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars, aspects of it were experienced by 17th- and 18th-century European civilian populations too.  In the early modern and modern period, non-combatants were constantly involved with, and exposed to, the exigencies of war.  The extensive scope and prolonged length of campaigns; the traffic of refugees, hostages and prisoners of war; mass mobilization; and garrisoning and the military pressure for supply ensured that few civilians remained untouched by warfare. This conference seeks to ground these developments and the European experience of total war by examining the relationship between civilians and warfare from the close of the Thirty Years War to the conclusion of the Napoleonic Wars.We invite contributions from scholars in all fields, including history, literary studies, visual culture, material culture, philosophy, and legal history. Speakers and chairs include: Hew Strachan (Oxford) on the definition of total war; Philip Shaw (Leicester) on the visual representation of war; Colm McKeogh (Waikato) on the legal history of military practice and civilian-military relations; Peter Wilson (Hull) on the question of the Thirty Years War as total war; David A. Bell; Horst Carl; Stephen Conway; Barbara Donagan; Charles Esdaile; Thomas Hippler; Guy Rowlands.Please visit: www.liv.ac.uk/18cworlds/war Please contact Dr Erica Charters, University of Liverpool, E.Charters@liverpool.ac.uk, Prof Eve Rosenhaft, University of Liverpool, Dan85@liverpool.ac.uk, Dr Hannah Smith, University of Oxford, hannah.smith@history.ox.ac.uk

 3-4 July 2009
‘Cities of Business, the Business of Cities...’ Association of Business Historians Annual Conference 2009
University of Liverpool CFP - Deadline 31 December 2008In view of the location for this conference, a city once central to Britain’s global business activity but one which has subsequently passed through periods of decline and resurgence, we propose that the 2009 ABH conference should focus on the urban nature and context of most modern business activity. Cities such as Liverpool have been both an arena for business, a place in which business services, networks, elites, and particular patterns of urban consumption develop, and a conduit for business activity, linking hinterlands with other regions and with the overseas world through flows of goods, money, people, and ideas. Themes for the conference may include: - The Role of cities in international business - Urban business networks and elites - Urban consumption: the growth of mass marketing and modern retailing - Municipal and public sector business - Financial centres - Cities as transport and communication hubs - Markets and exchanges - Businessmen, patronage, and philanthropy - Commodity trades and industries - Business and the regeneration of cities - The business infrastructure of cities - The business of sport and leisure - Cities and their hinterlands - Cities, regions and industrial districts - Business and the building of cities, cities and the creation of businesses - Types of business city (financial vs. manufacturing, metropolitan vs. regional) - Businesses big and small in the city - Global cities - The rise and decline of business cities - Interactions with other historical disciplines, e.g. urban history, historical geography As is traditional, the organizers also welcome papers on any topic related to business history, even where it does not focus on the conference theme, and on any time period or country. Please contact: Andrew Popp, Rory Miller & Stephanie Decker University of Liverpool Management School, abh2009@liv.ac.uk

 28 July - 2 August 2009
Chemistry in the Aftermath of World Wars.
Symposium of the Commission on the History of Modern Chemistry CHMC at the 23rd International Congress on the History of Science and Technology Budapest, Hungary
CFP –Deadline 15 November 2008
War is one of the most significant forms of modern social activity, shaping the modern world in ways both constitutive and destructive.  As great modern wars have affected modern politics, economics, geography, and culture, producing often dramatic transformations, so they have also affected science and technology, not least chemistry, which by the beginning of the twentieth century was already systematically integrated into industrial production and innovation, as well as war through the development of modern explosives and propellants.  Our concern is not to examine chemistry in modern war as such, however, but to consider chemistry in the aftermath of twentieth-century global conflicts.  These together constitute what Niall Ferguson has aptly termed the "war of the world," which reached
its greatest intensity during and immediately after the final years of the First and Second World Wars (ending in 1918 and 1945 respectively).

The contexts of the aftermaths of both world wars present many interesting historical issues in which the history of chemical science and technology plays a significant role.  These include postwar changes in chemical methodologies, instrumentation and theories (e.g., quantum
chemistry); the role of chemistry in the reshaping of international scientific organizations such as IUPAC or the Solvay conferences, and changes in national chemical institutions (e.g., in Japan after the First World War, or Eastern Europe after the Second World War); the impact of social and cultural factors such as war-related changes in gender roles, or intellectual migrations (e.g., of Jewish refugees) and their impact on shifts in scientific centers; and changes in the chemical industry and in chemical technology (e.g., the rise of chemical
engineering, or the impact of postwar technology transfers).

Should you wish to nominate a speaker for the symposium, or if you are working on a topic that might be appropriate for a presentation in the symposium, please contact one of the organizers by no later than 15 November 2008 (the final list of speakers is due to the
Program Committee by 15 December).  We look forward to hearing from you. We plan to invite ten speakers, divided into a morning and an afternoon session organized around each postwar era, and including a commentator after each session.

Please contact:
Yasu Furukawa, Nihon University, Japan (furukawa.yasu@nihon-u.ac.jp) Ernst Homburg, University of Maastricht, NL (E.Homburg@HISTORY.unimaas.nl ) Jeffrey Johnson, Villanova University, USA (jeffrey.johnson@villanova.edu) Gabor Pallo, Hungarian Academy of Sciences (gabor.pallo@ella.hu)

30 August – 5 September 2009
Industrial Heritage, Ecology and Economy. XIV. International TICCIH Congress in Freiberg

TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany
CFP – Deadline 30 November 2008
The congress theme “Industrial Heritage, Ecology and Economy” is aiming at these close connections between environmental, economical, technical, social and historical questions of industrial heritage in our modern world. It should be a forum of presentation and discussion of these problems and of realized, actual and planned projects and concepts for the solution of this problems.
Therefore it will not only focus on the traditional participants of the TICCIH conferences. The congress, its planned sessions and workshops should be open for participants from all scientific and administrative fields and institutions which are dealing with ecological, economical and heritage problems of industrial monuments and industrial landscapes.
The Programme Committee of the congress invites all interested colleagues to offer papers, posters or special sessions and workshops for the TICCIH congress 2009 especially for the following questions and dimensions of the main congress topic “Industrial Heritage, Ecology and Economy”:

  • Industrial monuments and the cleaning up of old industrial sites
  • Industrial Heritage, environmental protection and the preservation of nature
  • Heritage concepts for the cleaning up and the re-use of industrial areas and industrial landscapes
  • Economical concepts for the preservation and re-use of industrial monuments, industrial areas and industrial landscapes
  • Regeneration through heritage: Reviving and maintaining the social fabric of urban and rural communities
  • Industrial monuments and relicts of industrial culture as elements of cultural landscapes

More and other issues closely connected to the main congress topic may be offered. They are welcome.
Please visit http://www.ticcih2009.de/
Please contact Prof. Dr. Helmuth Albrecht, Institut für Wissenschafts- und Technikgeschichte, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, info@ticcih2009.de 


1-4 September 2009
Objects - What Matters? Technology, Value and Social Change. The fifth annual conference of the ESRC Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC)
University of Manchester
CFP – Deadline 28 February 2009

The fifth annual conference of CRESC will tackle Objects - What Matters? Technology, Value and Social Change. As contemporary social theorists continue to signal the need to reconfigure our deliberations on the social through attention to practice, to object-mediated relations, to non-human agency and to the affective dimensions of human sociality, this conference takes as its focus the objects and values which find themselves at centre stage. And we ask, in the context of nearly two decades of diverse disciplinary approaches to these issues, what matters about objects? How are they inflecting our understandings of technology, of expertise, and of social change? How has a focus on objects reconfigured our understandings of how values inflect the ways in which people make relations, create social worlds, and construct conceptual categories? How have objects become integral to human enthusiasms and energies, to transformational ambition, or to the transmission of values across time and space? How do objects move between ordinary and extraordinary states, shade in and out of significance, and manifest instability and uncertainty? How do moral and material values attach to objects as they move in space and time? What dimensions do they inhabit and/or reveal? What dimensions do they inhabit and/or reveal?

To address these questions we welcome papers on the following themes:

  • The transformational work of everyday objects
  • Object-centered learning
  • Materiality, Stability and the State
  • Radical Archives – within and beyond textual assemblages
  • Conceptual Objects and Methods as Objects
  • Immaterial Objects – haunting, virtuality, traces.
  • Financial Objects
  • Affective Objects
  • Ephemera, Enthusiasm and Excess
  • Spiritual and/or Moral Objects
  • Controversial and Messy Objects

Please submit proposal for individual papers or panel proposal (including 3 papers) by the end of February 2009.
For information about how to submit a paper or complete session please go to http://www.cresc.ac.uk/events/conference2009/guidelines.html
Please contact theCRESC Conference Administration
178 Waterloo Place, Oxford Road, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL
Tel: +44(0)161 275 8985 / Fax: +44(0)161 275 8985



III. Call for Articles

Innovationsprozesse und institutioneller Wandel, in öffentlichen Unternehmen seit den 1970er-Jahren: Deutschland, Österreich und die Schweiz im Vergleich; ein unternehmens- und technikgeschichtliches Publikationsprojekt. / Innovation Processes in Socialised Company’s. The project is dedicated to the history of companies and to the history of technology. The aim of the editors is to compare the development in Austria, Germany and Switzerland since the 1970s.
CFP - Deadline 15 December 2008

Please contact Dr. Philipp Ischer, infoclio.ch, Unternehmen der Schweizerischen Akademie der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften, philipp.ischer@infoclio.ch, and Dr. Gisela Hürlimann, Forschungsstelle für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsgeschichte der Universität Zürich, ghuerlimann@fsw.uzh.ch.


IV. Recently Published Books

Bauer, Reinhold/ Williams, James/ Weber, Wolfhard (eds.): Technik zwischen Artes und Arts. Festschrift für Hans-Joachim Braun. = Cottbuser Studien zur Geschichte von Technik, Arbeit und Umwelt, vol. 31. Waxmann-Verlag, Muenster a.o. 2008.

The book addresses the relationship of early modern Europe’s ‘mechanical arts’ and the ‘fine arts’ in honour of ICOHTEC’s president Hans-Joachim Braun, who is an activist in ICOHTEC for many years. Thus many ICOHTEC members are among the contributors. The papers leave behind worn-out investigative shoes to bring about new insights and judgements – articles are written in English as well as in German.

König, Wolfgang: Kleine Geschichte der Konsumgesellschaft. Konsum als Lebensform der Moderne. Steiner-Verlag, Stuttgart 2008.

The author contributes to the history of the consumer’s society and analyses the development as a typical modern way of life in the United States and in Germany since the 1920s.