Call for papers is now open for HISTELCON 2015 (official website), Histories of High Technologies, 16 – 21 August 2015, at Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel.

HISTELCON 2015, the 4th in its series (after HISTELCON 2008 in Paris, HISTELCON 2010 in Madrid, and HISTELCON 2012 in Pavia), is organized by IEEE Israel Section and IEEE Region 8 in co-operation with the IEEE History Committee and the IEEE History Center. This time, it is also being held together with the 42nd International Symposium of ICOHTEC, the International Committee for the History of Technology.

Conference Objectives

The main objective of both conferences (HISTELCON and ICOHTEC) is to analyze the social, cultural, political, economic, scientific, and military impact of “high-technologies,” ranging from recent and contemporary developments such as nanotechnology through to innovations that were state-of-the-art in their own time, such as the steam engine. The campus of Tel Aviv University and the surrounding areas, with their intensive high-tech activities, offers an excellent venue for this meeting.

The specific role of HISTELCON is to focus on the history of high-tech within IEEE’s areas of interest. As always, HISTELCON welcomes all papers on the history of IEEE’s areas of interest, but those casting the subject as relating to being cutting-edge within its temporal and cultural contexts are particularly welcome.

Abstract Submission

Interested participants are invited to submit their abstracts for presentations to the Conference Secretariat by electronically sending to [email protected] a 500-word abstract, written in English, with the submission title and the name(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s) in MS Word format. All abstracts will be reviewed by the Conference Technical Program Committee. For each presented paper, one presenter will have to register for the Conference. Guidelines for preparation of papers and posters will be provided in due time, as will practical arrangements. A conference Web site will be established shortly.

The deadline is 2 February 2015. Notification of abstract acceptance will be by 2 April 2015.

Special Sessions and Panels

Proposals to organize a special session and/or a Discussion Panel on a specific subject (e.g., related to an IEEE Technical Society) are welcome. Special session presentation abstracts will be reviewed in a similar way to regular presentations. The duration of a session or a panel discussion is planned to be 90 minutes, but there will be flexibility based on the submissions.