Invitation to the Launch of "Inventing Europe: Technology and the Making of Europe, 1850 to the Present" (European Science Foundation EUROCORES Programme) and CALL FOR PAPERS for the Third Plenary Conference of the Tensions of Europe Network
7-10 June 2007
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
We encourage scholars from all disciplines who study the areas below to submit abstracts for the research sessions and roundtables organised by the Tensions of Europe network. These areas are drawn from the Inventing Europe themes (see www.esf.org/inventingeurope) and the Tensions of
Europe Intellectual Agenda (see www.histech.nl/tensions).
The conference seeks contributions that will treat technological change as an entry point into the contested practice of Europeanization. Five general areas to be explored are:
(1) Building Europe through Infrastructures, or, how Europe has been shaped by the material links of transnational infrastructure;
(2) Constructing European Ways of Knowing, or, how Europe became articulated through efforts to unite knowledge and practices on a European scale;
(3) Consuming Europe, or, how actors reworked consumer goods and artefacts for local, regional, national, European, and global use;
(4) Europe in the Global World, or, how Europe has been created through colonial, ex-colonial, trans-Atlantic, and other global exchanges;
(5) Synthetic methodological or historiographical explorations of the role of technology in transnational European history.
Deadline for proposals is JANUARY 22, 2007. Session abstracts (maximum 600 words) should be submitted by the organizers together with the abstracts for the individual presentations (maximum 500 words each). To propose a roundtable, please submit a list of invited participants and an abstract (maximum 600 words). Notification of acceptances by 1 March; complete texts for pre-circulation are due by 1 May.
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