This symposium, Session 37 at the International Committee for the History of Technology’s meeting in Beijing, July 24-30, 2005, invites proposals for papers of no more than 2,500 words on how people, cultures, and states have developed and used electronic technologies, for better and worse.
In the 20th century, broadcast and wireless communications raised new opportunities for political control and for individual freedom. Electronic technologies helped increase the scale of warfare in the 20th century; they also increased the precision of weapons. Medical electronics improved the health of the body, but also raised questions about the quality of prolonged life. Computers and integrated circuits relieved workers of some routine duties while increasing reliance on complex and misunderstood systems. Other examples are apparent in the application of electronics to the production and consumption of information, culture, and entertainment.
Email paper title and abstract to Dr. Magoun at the e-mail address provided below.
Presenters should register for the conference by March 15, which can be done through http://www.conference.ac.cn/ichs05.htm
ICOHTEC’s meeting this year is held in conjunction with the XXIInd International Congress of History of Science, whose theme is “Globalization and Diversity: Diffusion of Science and Technology throughout History.”
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