Humanities and Social Sciences Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Terre Haute, Indiana
Call for Papers
THE HUMANITIES AND TECHNOLOGY ASSOCIATION is an interdisciplinary scholarly society that explores interactions of technology, science, the humanities, and the social sciences. We welcome papers dealing with all aspects of these interactions and wish to draw in as broad a range of disciplines and perspectives as possible. For the 2002 conference, we are particularly interested in receiving proposals for papers that deal with the general theme of Permeable Boundaries: Technology and the Natural World
We invite individual papers and session proposals addressing the conference theme from all possible disciplinary angles, such as its representation in literature, the visual arts, political essays, or scientific and philosophical writings.
In addition to the conference theme, papers on all other aspects of the interaction of technology, science and the humanities are welcome.
Today, the boundaries between nature and technology have blurred to such an extent that it is difficult to say where one ends and the other begins. This crossing of traditional boundaries brings with it a host of theoretical, technical, ethical, and political concerns:
Are we, along with our natural habitat, becoming part of technology?
Does technology have to be managed? By whom?
How do we distinguish between nature and artifice?
Is nature becoming more artificial, and technology more natural?
How do the arts represent the intersection between technology and nature?
What lies in the future for the figure of the cyborg and for the interface between humans and technology?
How does technology affect the ecologies of place and the environment?
How do environmentalists and engineers address them?
Steven Vogel is James B. Duke Professor of Zoology at Duke University. He has published 9 books and numerous articles, among them Vital Circuits: On the Pumps, Pipes, and Workings of Circulatory Systems (1992) and Cats' Paws and Catapults: Mechanical Works of Nature and People (1998). His work in biomechanics focuses on the way in which nature influences technology design.
Science fiction writer Maureen McHugh is the author of China Mountain Zhang, winner of the Tiptree Award, the LOCUS best first novel award, and the Lambda. Her current novel Nekropolis is a New York Times Notable Book for 2001. Her short stories have appeared in The Year's Best Science Fiction.
For further details, please go to www.rose-hulman.edu/hta/
Submit proposal (200 words) electronically by April 1, 2002 to: Andreas Michel, Conference Co-chair firstname.lastname@example.org
Or write to the address below.
Submission deadline: 01 April 2002
Andreas Michel HTA Conference Co-Chair
Humanities and Social Sciences
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
5500 Wabash Ave
Terre Haute, IN 47803
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