The University of Delaware–Hagley Fellows invite scholars to join us in a conversation about “unintended consequences” in the histories of business, technology, consumption, the environment, work, and everyday life. Seemingly rational actors make decisions, create institutions, shape environments, or develop technologies expecting certain outcomes, but things do not always go as planned. “Unintended Consequences” seeks to explore the enormous influence of these inevitable yet unexpected occurrences. How can research on unintended consequence contribute to our understanding of the modern world? Who decides what consequences are unintended? To what extent do we know the results of our actions? Why should historians pay attention to unintended consequences?
We invite papers that discuss instances of unintended consequences or address how the research of unintended consequences contributes to our understanding of the world since 1700. We encourage both graduate students and established scholars to participate. Financial assistance will be provided to all conference presenters.
Please email a 300-word abstract and a one page CV to the Hagley Fellows at firstname.lastname@example.org by December 31, 2008. For more information: http://www.udel.edu/hagley/fellowsconference/
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