CFP: Atlanta November 2016 – Workshop on Writing the Transnational History of Science and Technology

November 2-3, 2016, The School of History and Sociology of the Georgia Institute of Technology

Call for papers

A partially-funded one-day workshop will be held at the School of History and Sociology of the Georgia Institute of Technology from noon on November 2, to noon the next day. The campus is about a mile from downtown Atlanta where HSS will hold its annual meeting beginning on November 3, 2016.

Is transnational history just a fad, or does it pose important new questions for historians of science and technology? What is the place of the national in the transnational?   What are the intellectual and social costs of writing transnational history?  How does transnational history of science and technology intersect with other histories e.g. of colonialism, imperialism, global history?   By combining theoretical reflection with empirical case studies this workshop will provide a space for extended debate on the transnational turn and its significance for historians of science and technology. A more comprehensive position paper will be circulated on request closer to the time.

Interested persons should submit abstracts of some 200 words no later than August 15, 2016.  Selected papers must be submitted for pre-circulation no later than September 30, 2016.

Funding is available for up to 12 participants.  It will cover transfer from Atlanta airport to the Georgia Tech campus, the night of Wednesday November 2, 2016 in the Georgia Tech Hotel and meals and other incidental expenses during the duration of the workshop. No financial support is available for travel to Atlanta.

Non-funded participants are welcome to join the discussion at their convenience.

In consultation with the participants, and subject to merit, the papers may be published in an edited collection.  A contract for publishing a volume focusing on the transnational circulation of knowledge is being negotiated with Amherst College Press.

For further information please contact john.krige@hsoc.gatech.edu (www.johnkrige.com)

Deadline: August 15, 2016

Posted: February 01, 2016