18 de marzo de 2017

CfP: Innovation or Aberration? Science, Technology and Historical Meanings of Failure

The 2017 CSTHA biennial conference will be held November 3–5 at King’s University College in London, Ontario. The Program Committee invites papers addressing this year’s conference theme: “Innovation or Aberration? Science, Technology and Historical Meanings of Failure.”

Recognizing that 2017 is a year of celebrating Canada’s many achievements and innovations, we welcome papers dedicated to the messy historical processes that provide the back story to such successes — a context that is often filled with numerous missteps, wrong turns, and even failures that official narratives of innovation often do not completely convey. Our conference will be guided by several questions: Why do some technologies thrive while others fail? When can a technology be labeled a “success”? How do social and cultural factors influence scientific, medical, or technical inquiries? Topics may include, but are not limited to: technological failure or “failed” technologies; organizational culture; futuristic promises; scientific or medical hubris; structural disaster; consumer trends; and ethics.

We welcome proposals for both individual and thematic sessions, in English and/or French, on any topic related to the history of Canadian science, technology, and medicine in Canada. We particularly encourage papers addressing this year’s theme of “Innovation or Aberration?”

Individual proposals must include a title, an abstract of about 150 words, and as short resume for the presenter(s). Session proposals must include a title, a brief summary of the theme, titles and abstracts for each paper, and a short resume of each speaker. Innovative methods of presentation, such as those adopting a PechaKucha style, are encouraged. Posters can also be presented and will be available for the duration of the conference. Proposals from students will be particularly welcomed.

The deadline for submissions is 30 June 2017. King’s University College is a liberal arts university affiliated with Western University in London, Ontario. Located in southwestern Ontario, London boasts a charming downtown core, vibrant nightlife, scenic nature trails, and is home to many historical sites and museums.

Please see https://cstha-ahstc.ca/conference-colloque-2017/ for more information on submitting papers or registration. Presenters at this conference must be members of CSTHA. To become a member or to renew your membership, visit: https://cstha-ahstc.ca/membership-adhesion/.  If you have any questions, please email: cstha.ahstc.conf@gmail.com

Contact Info: 
Canadian Science and Technology HIstorical Association
Dorotea Gucciardo