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Humanist Archives: Nov. 10, 2021, 8:11 a.m. Humanist 35.351 - history of technology: a symposium & a prize

				                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 35, No. 351.
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    [1]    From: Maria Elvira Callapez 
           Subject: Call for Papers and Sessions - ICOHTEC 2022 (178)

    [2]    From: Maria Elvira Callapez 
           Subject: Maurice Daumas Prize, 2021– ICOHTEC’s Article Prize (81)


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        Date: 2021-11-10 06:27:41+00:00
        From: Maria Elvira Callapez 
        Subject: Call for Papers and Sessions - ICOHTEC 2022

Esteemed colleagues,

  We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the 49th Symposium
of the International Committee for the History of Technology   (ICOHTEC).
  Still due to the pandemic uncertainties, the Symposium will take place
virtually. It will occur in 3 phases, each lasting two days. The 1st
meeting will be in June (17, 18), the 2nd in September (24, 25), and the
3rd in October (15, 16). The Kranzberg Lecture will take place in June.

We invite proposals for paper presentations, posters, and panels.

The congress's website is under construction and it will be available
soon (http://www.icohtec.org/w-annual-meeting/ ().

Would you be so kind as to distribute this far and wide to interested
colleagues and listservs? Thank you!

Yours sincerely,

Maria Elvira Callapez


ICOHTEC 2022 - Call for Papers and Sessions
Technology-based and Technology-generated decisions

The 2022 International Committee for the History of Technology’s 49th
Symposium will take place virtually. It will occur in 3 phases, each
lasting two days. The 1st meeting will be in June (17, 18), the 2nd in
September (24, 25), and the 3rd in October (15, 16). The Kranzberg
Lecture will take place in June.

The general theme is “Technology-based and Technology-generated
decisions”. Whereas technology-based decisions have a long history,
technology-generated decisions of so-called artificial intelligence, AI,
are on the horizon since the turn to 21st century and might gain
decisive influence within the next years. Which decisions we are willing
to handle over to technology? How to define ethical guidelines for this
development? The symposium aims to contribute to this discussion, based
on a transnational perspective of history of technology.
The deadline for proposal is Sunday, 30 January 2022

For a long time, societies have considered technology a value-neutral
instrument for various purposes, including decision-making by
organizations. Between the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th
century, technology progressively increased its pivotal role in
societies: governments, companies, or individual people considered
technology essential for living and surviving. But due to increasing
over-saturation with technology, negative outcomes became visible and
thus, subject of public discussion.

Technology is involved in decision-making in two ways: decisions based
on technology and technology-generated decisions. Human societies are
used to base their decisions thanks to technologies permitting them, for
instance, data collection. Cartography was helpful in decisions such as
financing exploratory expeditions traveling, trade, or military
operations since the early modern era. In the contemporary World,
high-resolution satellite images are the base for the decision-making
process in military operations or identifying places where it could be
possible to extract mineral and oil resources. Moreover, new
technologies often inspire new ways to perform old tasks (e.g., imaging
technologies in medical diagnosis) and inspire taking on new tasks
(think military rockets being applied to spaceflight). Second, the
design and manufacture of technology require decisions that affect how
it works, how it is used, how it is manufactured, etc. Certain decisions
regarding material properties, usage scenarios (e.g., usability), and
areas of application require different types of production. Conversely,
the type of production chosen (technology, process, etc.) influences the
possible uses of the technology and its artifacts.

Suggestions for more specific questions, derived from the main question:

•       What are the social/historical/cultural conditions of technology
related decision-making?
•       Decisions on science and technology: inclusion and citizen participation
•       What are the ethical conditions of technology-generated decisions?
•       Which transnational perspectives can be taken regarding
technology-inherent decisions?
•       How do these technology-inherent decisions affect the critique of
technology (e.g., impact factor in science, “publish or perish”)?
•       Technocracy is a well-researched topic. What is state of the art in
this field? Any new approaches, theories, empirical findings?
•       Data recording and processing is a core task now carried out with
computers. Which technologies were used – and where and how – before the
advent of computing?
•       Modern challenges and technology based/generated decisions (e.g.,
climate change, COVID-19 pandemic, individual health, and public
health); artistic strategies involving technology/generated decisions;
body, dis/ability and technology based/generated decisions
•       The role of images (maps, photographs, etc.) in decision making.

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. Gender-related and worldwide
topics are specifically welcome. Besides contributions to the main theme
of the symposium, paper and session proposals on different topics of the
history of technology are welcome.

Proposal Guidelines

ICOHTEC welcomes proposals for individual papers and posters, but
preference will be given to organised sessions of three or more papers.
The Programme Committee will also consider submissions not directly
related to the symposium theme providing that they relate to the history
of technology broadly defined. All proposals must be in English, and
should be submitted electronically by 30 January 2022 via our website
http://www.icohtec.org/w-annual-meeting/ (will be available, soon). For
suggestions about preparing your submission and the conference
presentation, please consult the guidelines on
www.icohtec.org/proposal-guidelines.html In addition to the scientific
programme, the symposium will include plenary sessions, special sessions
for the prize winning book and article, the general assembly of ICOHTEC.
If you have any questions related to the scientific programme, paper,
poster or session proposals, please, do not hesitate to contact Jacopo
Pessina, the chair of the programme committee, at j.pessina87@gmail.com.
We especially encourage graduate students to submit proposals and to
participate in the symposium. Members of ICOHTEC and low-income people
pay a reduced fee.

INDIVIDUAL PAPER proposals must include: (1) a 300-word (maximum)
abstract; and (2) a one-page (maximum) CV. Abstracts should include the
author’s name and email address, a short descriptive title, three to
five key words, 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 in this
CfP, please indicate this in your proposal. In preparing your paper,
remember that presentations are not full-length articles. You will have
no more than 20 minutes to speak, which is roughly equivalent to 8
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 conference for consideration by ICOHTEC’s
peer-reviewed journal ICON.

PANEL proposals must include (1) an abstract of the panel (300 words
maximum), listing the proposed papers and a session chairperson; (2)
abstracts for each paper (300 words maximum); (3) a one-page CV
(maximum) for each contributor and chairperson. Panels should consist of
three or four speakers. Several panels may be organized on one topic.
We encourage the creation of panels which examine technology-based and
technology-generated decisions in different parts of the world, enabling
international comparisons, and contributing to an emerging transnational
historiography. We welcome especially contributions from beyond Europe
and the United States, which so far have been less fully covered by
historians of technology.

The programme committee reserves the right to relocate papers to
different themes and add papers to panels.

POSTER proposals must include (1) a 300-word (maximum) 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.

Programme Committee:

•       Pessina Jacopo IT (Chair), j.pessina87@gmail.com
•       Florian Bettel AT, florian.bettel@uni-ak.ac.at  •       Ercolani Sara IT
- supers.ercolani@gmail.com
•       Fari Simone IT/ES _ fari@ugr.es •       Hadlaw Jan CA, jhadlaw@yorku.ca
•       Limina Valentina IT - valentinalimina@gmail.com
•       Min Fanxiang CHI – fanxiangmin@nju.edu.cn
•       Müürsepp Peeter EST, peeter.muursepp@taltech.ee
•       Schuetz Thomas GE , thomas.schuetz@hi.uni-stuttgart.de
•       Yagou Artemis (only for the evaluation of papers) GE/GR ,
artemis@yagou.gr
•       Zdrowska Magdalena PL , magda.zdrodowska@uj.edu.pl

Maria Elvira Callapez

(PhD, History of Science and Technology,
Researcher, Center for the History of Science and Technology (CIUHCT),
Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa
Visiting Scholar, Center for Science, Technology, Medicine, and Society,
University of California, Berkeley
Secretary-General of the International Committee for the History of
Technology (ICOHTEC)


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        Date: 2021-11-10 06:26:14+00:00
        From: Maria Elvira Callapez 
        Subject: Maurice Daumas Prize, 2021– ICOHTEC’s Article Prize

Maurice Daumas Prize – ICOHTEC’s Article Prize

The International Committee for the History of Technology, ICOHTEC,
welcomes submissions for the Maurice Daumas Prize, which aims to
encourage innovative scholarship in the history of technology. ICOHTEC
is interested in the history of technological development as well as its
relationship to science, society, economy, culture, and the environment.
There is no limitation as to theoretical or methodological approaches.

The prize will be awarded to the author of the best article submitted
which deals with the history of technology in any period of the past or
in any part of the world and which was published in a journal or edited
volume in 2020 or 2021. Eligible for the prize are original articles
published in (or later translated into) any of the official ICOHTEC
languages (English, French, German, Russian or Spanish). Submissions are
welcomed from scholars of any country who are currently in graduate
school or have received their doctorate within the last seven years.
Please send your submission and a brief (not to exceed one-page) cv to
each of the nine Prize Committee members no later than 15 January 2022.
Electronic submissions are preferred. The winner will be contacted in
late April 2022.

The prize will be awarded at our 49th Symposium, will take place
virtually. It will occur in 3 phases, each lasting two days. The 1st
meeting will be in June (17, 18), the 2nd in September (24, 25), and the
3rd in October (15, 16). The winner will receive a cash prize of Euro
500. Alongside the first prize, articles in the second and third-ranking
positions will receive an honorarium/diploma award.
The Daumas Prize is sponsored by the Université de Technologie de
Belfort-Montbéliard (UTBM), France.

PRIZE COMMITTEE
Maria Elvira Callapez, Researcher. Dr., [Prize Committee Chairperson],
CIUHCT, Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal.
University of California, Berkeley, USA
Email: mariaelviracallapez@gmail.com
Antoni Roca-Rosell, Dr.
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain Email: antoni.roca-rosell@upc.edu

Bertrand Guillaume, Prof.
Université de technologie de Troyes (UTT), France
Email: bertrand.guillaume@utt.fr

Eike-Christian Heine, Dr. Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany
Email: eikechristian.heine@googlemail.com

Hyeok Hweon Kang, Dr.
Washington University in St. Louis, USA
Email: hhkang@wustl.edu

Laurent Heyberger, Dr.
Université de technologie de Belfort-Montbéliard (UTBM), France
Email: laurent.heyberger@utbm.fr

Liliia Zemnukhova, PhD Sociological Institute of the Russian Academy of
Sciences (SI RAN), St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
l.zemnukhova@gmail.com
Lino Camprubí, Dr. Universidad de Sevilla, Facultad de Filosofía, Spain
Email: lcamprubi@us.es

Mirjam Brusius, Dr.
German Historical Institute London
Email: m.brusius@ghil.ac.uk

MAURICE DAUMAS (1910 - 1984) – The French Trailblazer

The history of technology would never have become a prominent field of
historical research without energetic pathbreakers. Maurice Daumas was
one of them. One of his better known early works is Les instruments
scientifiques aux XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles, which was also published in
English. Between 1962 and 1978, he edited a highly acclaimed history of
technology, Histoire générale des techniques, in five volumes, which has
been translated into English and Spanish, and used as a textbook in
various countries. In France, Daumas was also the pioneer of industrial
archaeology. Daumas was the first secretary general of ICOHTEC and the
host of its symposium at Pont- à-Mousson in 1970.
For further information about Daumas:
http://www.persee.fr/web/revues/home/prescript/issue/rhs_0151-4105_1984_num_37_3
For information about ICOHTEC: http://www.icohtec.org



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