Proposals are sought for papers to be presented in the Sixth Symposium on the Social History of Military Technology, to take place in Glasgow, Scotland, 2–7 August 2011, as part of the program for the annual meeting of the International Congress of the History of Technology (ICOHTEC). The general theme selected for the 2011 ICOHTEC meeting is: Consumer Choice and Technology. For more information about the 2011 ICOHTEC conference as a whole, see the Call for Papers at: .
This symposium will address military technology as both agent and object of social change, taking a very broad view that encompasses not only the production, distribution, use, and replacement of weapons and weapon systems, but also communications, logistic, medical, and other technologies of military relevance. We especially seek papers about: (1) representations of weapons as well as weapons themselves, about ideas as well as hardware, about organization as well as materiel; (2) ways in which social class, race, gender, culture, economics, or other extra-military factors have influenced and been influenced by the invention, R&D, diffusion, or use of weapons or other military technologies; (3) the roles that military technologies play in shaping and reshaping the relationships of soldiers to other soldiers; soldiers to military, political, and social institutions; and military institutions to other social institutions, most notably political and economic; and/or (5) historiographical or museological topics that discuss how military technology has been analyzed, interpreted, and understood in other fields, other cultures, and other times.
Your proposal should include four elements:
(1) A short descriptive title.
(2) An abstract of no more than 400 words. As mentioned above, the general ICOHTEC conference theme is: Consumer Choice and Technology. The conference CFP suggests numerous subthemes. If you can do so without unduly distorting your topic, you should make an effort to show how your paper relates to the conference theme or subthemes. THIS IS NOT REQUIRED, but it will be helpful in presenting the proposal for our symposium to the program committee.
(3) A 1-page CV or résumé with your educational history, professional employment history, list of significant publications and/or presentations. You may include other relevant information in the CV, as long as you do not exceed the 1-page limit.
(4) Current contact information for you (including email address).
DO NOT SEND YOUR PROPOSAL TO ICOHTEC. It should be sent to the symposium organizer, Bart Hacker, who will assemble and submit the complete symposium.Proposals must reach the symposium organizer, Bart Hacker, at: , no later than 15 January 2011.
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