The main theme of the conference is Technology & East-West relations: Transfers, parallel histories, and the European laboratory. All contributions focus on the circulation and
appropriation of technologies between Eastern and Western Europe as an entry point into the contested practice of Europeanization. During the Cold War Europe has been one of the central laboratories for the experimentation with ideological and political regimes, which infected traditional paths of knowledge and technology transfer in Europe. While the history of the Cold War has mainly been told as a history of discontinuity and fragmentation, all conference papers deal with examples of successful co-operation or “hidden continuities” in inter-European technology transfer during the 20th century.`
General areas to be explored are:
• Changing times: Continuities and discontinuities
in the transfers of knowledge and
technology between Eastern and Western Europe.
• Negotiating identities: spaces and places of
co-operation or confrontation before, during,
and after the Cold War.
• Parallel histories: alternative processes of
European integration and fragmentation in
Eastern and Western Europe.
• Blurred boundaries: spill-over effects and
holes in the Iron Curtain
• Europe as a trading zone, a symbolic battle
field, and the diplomatic playground for
• Chilling effects: Technologies at war &
• Contested approaches: the merits and pitfalls
of concepts like Americanization, Sovietisation,
Westernization for European historiography.
European Science Foundation
Foundation for the history of Technology;
St Kliment Ohridski University, Sofia; Paisii
Hilendarski University, Plovdiv and
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.
Key note speaker Prof. Luciano Segreto
Early registration deadline May 19, 2010
Foundation for the History of Technology
c/o Eindhoven University of Technology
Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences
P.O. Box 513 5600 MB Eindhoven
The Netherlands +31 402474641
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