AVISTA is offering sessions on "Lynn White's _Medieval Technology and Social Change_ 50 Years Later" at next year's International Medieval Congress in Leeds, UK (the conference is 9-12 July 2012) and is seeking presenters.
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.
We welcome proposals from scholars at any level who have been inspired by MTSC and would like to give a 20-minute paper on White's ideas about Military Technology and Change, the Medieval Agricultural Revolution, the rise of mechanisms in the west or Islam in the Middle Ages, or on any aspect of White's original work, its historiography, wider impact, or criticisms. Papers by graduate students are particularly encouraged and a limited number of US$400 grants-in-aid MAY be available to help graduate students afford the Congress and the IMC has a separate bursary application form for those needing financial assistance. The publication of a peer-reviewed volume of papers from these sessions in conjunction with similar sessions at the Kalamazoo (US) International Congress on Medieval Studies (ICMS) are being planned.
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 IMC is one of the largest conference on medieval studies in the world, regularly drawing 2000+ 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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