The International Committee for the History of Technology’s
41th Symposium in Braşov, Romania, 29 July – 2 August 2014
Deadline for proposals is 3 February 2014
The 41st ICOHTEC Symposium will be held in Romania at the turn of July
and August next year. The main theme of the meeting will be Technology
in Times of Transition. The aim is to examine major breaks and turning
points in technological development with the following conversion
periods in a multidisciplinary framework.
The general theme is tailored for the site, while the intention is to
examine flexibility of technology to adjust to major societal
transitions in the past and present. Times of transition refer to rapid
and even revolutionary phases of history when major societal structures
changed and nations had to bend to new conditions. Industrial
revolutions of the 18th and 19th century, restructuring the economies
during and after World War I, depression of the 1930s, post-war period
of reshuffle and economic growth and collapse of the Soviet regime in
the 1990s are examples of times of transition. In addition, the idea of
the symposium is to promote dialogues between East and West as well as
North and South and – if possible – also to compare experiences of
various countries in the similar circumstances.
Brașov, where the medieval heritage is uniquely combined with rich
industrial history, is going to be an excellent site for examining
imprint of technological change on culture and civilization. Evidently
Brașov is one of the cities where the transition has been felt and lived
through several times in the past. Especially transition first to a
massive industrialization regime during the planned economy and then to
a drastic regime of de-industrialization after 1989 affected strongly to
ICOHTEC welcomes individual paper and poster proposals as well as the
submissions of entire sessions to this symposium. The tendency is to
favour compact and coherent session proposals where presentations
communicate with each others.
The symposium programme will include scientific and plenary sessions,
poster presentations, business meetings and the general assembly of
ICOHTEC as well as social events such as excursions, receptions and a
banquet, and possibly pre- and postconference trips. The premises of the
Transilvania University of Brașov will serve as venues for this meeting.
The programme committee suggests the following subthemes for the
consideration of session organizers and contributors.
Technological basis for the breakthrough of industrialisation
Technology for warfare and post-World War I industrialisation
Technology during the interwar economic recession and other depressions
Post-World War II restructuring of production and markets
Technology during the Cold War
Post-1989 deindustrialisation and reindustrialisation of Eastern Europe
Restructuring in memories: experiences on technological transitions
Technology policy in retrospect
New insights into the industrial and cultural heritage
Skilful hands: Handicrafts under the pressure of mass production
Extensions of the human hand and brain: Advanced technologies
Technological utopias and symbols of technological progress
Technology in constructing gender in the market and former socialist
Artistic presentation of technology and technological perspectives of
Technology, design and new materials: How they have shaped society
The committee will also consider submissions not directly related to the
symposium theme as long as they can be regarded to be related to the
history of technology broadly defined. They can be included in "Special
The symposium covers all periods and all areas of the globe. In keeping
with a cherished tradition of the field, the meeting is open to scholars
from all disciplines and backgrounds. We plead for submissions of new,
original and unpublished work that offers fresh perspectives for the
history of technology as well as exploring sources and methods. The
programme committee especially encourages graduate students to
participate in the symposium and submit their proposals (limited travel
grants will be available; see further information at:
http://www.icohtec.org/). Because we aim at quick and equal processing
of submissions, paper or poster proposals must be submitted in English.
Nevertheless, besides English also French, German, Russian and Spanish
are acceptable for paper and poster presentations at the symposium but
the organizers will not provide simultaneous translation during the
We urge contributors to consider organizing a full session of three or
four papers per time slot. Individual paper submissions will also be
INDIVIDUAL PAPER proposals must include: (1) a 200-350-word abstract;
and (2) a one-page CV. Abstracts should include the author’s name and
email address, a short descriptive title, a concise statement of the
thesis, a brief discussion of the sources, and a summary of the major
conclusions. If you are submitting a paper proposal dealing with a
particular subtheme, please indicate this in your proposal.
In preparing your paper, remember that presentations are not full-length
articles. Depending on the number of papers in the session, you will
have no more than 16-20 minutes to speak, which is roughly equivalent to
six - eight double-spaced typed pages. For more suggestions about
preparing your conference presentation, please consult the guidelines at
the conference website.
Contributors are encouraged to submit full-length versions of their
papers after the symposium for consideration by ICOHTEC’s journal ICON.
SESSION proposals must include (1) an abstract of the session (200-350
words at maximum), listing the proposed papers and a session
chairperson; (2) abstracts for each paper (200-350 words); (3) a
one-page CV for each contributor and chairperson. Sessions should
consist of at least one set of presentations – but no more than four
time slots of 90 minutes – and they may include three or four papers in
each, which might extend series of successive sections over more than
one day. Proposing a commentator – instead of the fourth presenter – is
also possible. The programme committee reserves the right to relocate
papers to different themes and add papers to sessions. We also encourage
proposing roundtables and other "untraditional" as well as experimental
session formats. Whatever the session format will be, organisers and
chairs are expected to reserve enough time for general discussion
between the presenters and audience.
POSTER proposals must include (1) a 200-350-word abstract; and (2) a
one-page CV. Abstracts should include the author’s name and email
address, a short descriptive title, a concise statement of the thesis, a
brief discussion of the sources, and a summary of the major conclusions.
Please, indicate one of the specified subthemes for your poster.
The final deadline for all submissions is Monday 3 February 2014.
Please, sign up to our online submission system, fill in a form and send
your proposal through it. All proposals are to be submitted via our
online system. The link to the system is available at our website:
If you have any questions related to the scientific programme, paper,
poster or session proposals, please, do not hesitate to contact Slawomir
Lotysz, the chair of the programme committee, via email
President of ICOHTEC
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