CFP: Technology in Modern East Asia History Workshop

June 8-9, 2017, Needham Research Institute, Cambridge, UK

Call for papers

Hosted by Needham Research Institute, Cambridge, UK

We are pleased to invite applications for the 2017 edition of the Technology in Modern East Asia Workshop which will take place at the Needham Research Institute in Cambridge (UK), June 8 -9.

The aim of the workshop is to assist in bringing to fruition new research on the role of technology in the history of East Asia since 1800.
Our definition of technology is intentionally broad. We are especially interested in work seeking to explore and highlight the technology in research on materially of scientific practice, energy issues,  infrastructure, materials, engineering practices and technical education, medical technologies, industrialization, and artisanal culture in modern East Asia.

Envisioned as a mentoring and development event, it brings together early career and established scholars for intensive discussion of work in progress. Early career includes advanced PhD candidates and recent PhDs (2011 onward). Feedback on pre-circulated work is structured towards shortening the time from draft to print for promising research articles or book chapters. Therefore, mentoring process also includes meetings with representatives of the academic press and individual editorial development work with an editor of a scholarly journal.

The workshop is generously supported by the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT), the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPGW), the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the Needham Research Institute (NRI).

All selected applicants will be provided with accommodation and meals during the workshop. Limited support is available for travel and we strongly encourage candidates to seek some travel funding from their home institution.

Interested applicants are asked to submit a short CV and an abstract (maximum 750 words). The abstract should clearly and succinctly introduce the major thrust and importance of the project, situate the work within broader disciplinary debates, and give indication of the sources deployed.

Applications should be submitted by January 23, 2017, by e-mail to

Successful applicants will be notified by February 3 and are required to submit a 8000-word article/chapter draft by April 3, 2017.

For all inquiries, please email

Previous mentors include: Francesca Bray (University of Edinburgh, UK), Mats Fridlund (University of Aalto, Finland), Barbara Hahn (Technology & Culture/Texas Tech, US), Liliane Hilaire-Pérez (Pars Diderot/EHESS, France), John Krige (Georgia Tech, US), Dagmar Schäfer (MPIGW, Germany), Grace Shen (Fordham, US), Lucy Rhymer (Cambridge University Press), Togo Tsukahara (Kobe, Japan), David Wittner (Utica College, US)

Deadline: January 23, 2017

Posted: January 09, 2017