EUROPEAN SOCIAL SCIENCE HISTORY CONFERENCE
Berlin, 24-27 March 2004
Tom Misa (Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago)
Dick van Lente (Erasmus University, Rotterdam), firstname.lastname@example.org
This conference offers the opportunity to explore themes where technological, social, and cultural developments interact in especially significant ways. We therefore invite historians in every field to propose individual papers or panel sessions -- on any topic and any historical period - involving the intersection of technological, social, and cultural change.
Among the themes we have in mind are:
technology and colonial practices
transnational technologies and European integration
city of Berlin as "technopolis"
freezing and thawing Cold War divides through technological systems
technical experts and political power
modernism in art, popular culture, and technology
systems, catastrophes, and risk
designing the ideal community (utopianism, urban design, etc.)
dynamics of network societies
gender, modernity, and technology
technologies and environmental change
consumption, design, and consumers
creating landscapes and societies (e.g. polders, highways, cities)
strategies for writing technological history in/as "general history"
technologies of life, death, and reproduction
Individual paper proposals of 250-500 words and/or proposals for complete sessions (abstracts for 3 papers, plus names of chair and commentator) should be submitted with the ESSHC preregistration before 1 April 2003. We would also welcome proposals for non-traditional sessions (to fit within the standard 2-hour slot) including poster presentations, author-meets-critics sessions, or discussion-oriented roundtables. The technology cluster is one of the ESSHC's 28 wide-ranging themes. Before proposing a paper or session, please see the detailed instructions at http://www.iit.edu/~misa/esshc/. Further information on the ESSHC can be found at http://www.iisg.nl/esshc.
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