Transforming Economies and Civilizations: The Role of Technology

While open to all proposals, the program committee suggests the following themes to contributors:

  • Energy, water, sanitary, and other utility systems
  • E-communication and media technologies, including cultural and social issues
  • Transportation and its role in trans-local and "global" economies, cultural exchange, and cross-fertilization
  • Long-term developments in materials and their uses (pigments, ceramics, dyes, metals)
  • Comparative analysis of technologies and long-term changes
  • Technological and modern cultural history topics (e.g. the body, youth, old age, birth, death, the senses, health, illness)
  • Medicine, public health, and the evolution of medical technologies
  • Developments in military technologies
  • Survival of "old" technologies and revival of "obsolete" technologies
  • Implicit knowledge, embodiment, and similar themes
  • Technical "revolutions" (e.g., the Agricultural Revolution, the Technical Revolution of the Middle Ages, the Industrial Revolution, the Information Revolution)

Membership in ICOHTEC is not required to participate in the symposium.

Graduate students members of the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) are eligible for travel support. Go to: