AVISTA is offering three sessions on "Fifty Years after Lynn White’s Medieval Technology and Social Change (1962)" at next year's International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, MI (the conference is 10-13 May 2012) and is seeking additional papers.
There will be three sessions:
I. The Military Revolution [co-sponsored with De Re Militari: The Society for Military History]
II. The Agricultural Revolution [co-sponsored with the Medieval Association for Rural Studies]
III. The Mechanical Revolution
We welcome proposals for 20-minutes papers on any aspect of White's original work, its historiography, its wider impact, criticisms, or papers on these topics that have been inspired by MTSC. Papers by graduate students are particularly encouraged and a limited number of $400 grants-in-aid will be available to help graduate students afford the Congress (which is an inexpensive academic conferences anyway). The publication of a peer-reviewed volume of papers from these sessions in conjunction with similar sessions at the Leeds (UK) International Medieval Congress are being planned.
White's landmark book, published in 1962, quickly became one of the most widely-read and accessible books that brought together multiple fields, diverse sources, and proposed consequences for Western society that are still being debated today. While the book has not escaped its due criticism, it remains an important touchstone for thinking about the role of technology in western society.
AVISTA is the Association Villard de Honnecourt for the Interdisciplinary Study of Medieval Technology, Science and Art, and has been sponsoring sessions at ICMS for over 20 years. See for further information. The ICMS is the largest conference on medieval studies in the world, regularly drawing 3000 medievalists who work on topics from late antiquity through the Renaissance, as well as on medievalism in contemporary culture. See for the full conference CFP.
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