The Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society invites papers for a symposium on Technological Innovation and the Cold War on Friday, March 9-10, 2007 at the Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington, Delaware. The conference's principal question is the impact of Cold War era military innovations on postwar American economic growth. Papers could consider the transition from military to commercial applications of technological initiatives in, for example, aerospace, communications, material science, propulsion, instrumentation, or computing. Failure or long delays in transferring technologies are of special interest. Given the state's central role in military procurement, papers must consider the relationships between corporations or research institutes, and state agencies in the design and development of new technologies. An opening plenary with Philip Scranton (Rutgers University and Hagley Library), David Edgerton (Imperial College) and John Krige (Georgia Institute of Technology) will establish the theoretical and conceptual foundations for understanding this important subject in the U.S., Great Britain, and continental Europe.
Proposals should be no more than 500 words and accompanied by a short cv. To be considered proposals must be received via mail, fax or email by Monday Oct. 30, 2006. Travel support is available for those presenting papers at the conference. To submit a proposal or to obtain more information, contact Carol Lockman, Hagley Museum and Library, PO Box 3630, Wilmington DE 19807, 302-658-2400, ext. 243; 302-655-3188 (fax); clockman@Hagley.org.
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