CFP — “Making the World Smaller: Technological and Social Change,”
University of Massachusetts, March 28, 2009 Location: Massachusetts, United States Call for Papers Date: 2009-01-25
Making the World Smaller: Technological and Social Change
The Graduate History Association of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst invites graduate students to submit proposals for the Fifth Annual Graduate Student Conference, entitled “Making the World Smaller: Technological and Social Change”, to be held on March 28, 2009.
From the printing press to the Internet, from the wheel to the passenger jet, technological advances have had profound social consequences. Some of these advances have been embraced; others have been met with suspicion and fear. New technologies have made the world smaller and more accessible to many, while some have been used as tools of violence, repression, and hegemony.
Submissions should address the social consequences of historical technological advances. What technological advances have profoundly changed society and everyday life, for better or worse? What have people gained through these changes—and what have they lost? What has been the impact of technology’s slow march toward globalization on international relations, nationalism, the workplace, the family, and individual identity? As that slow march becomes a sprint, what lessons can we take from past advances to limit globalization’s potential drawbacks?
Graduate students interested in participating in this conference should submit a one-page paper proposal and curriculum vitae (.doc or .pdf format) for consideration by January 25, 2009. Notification of acceptance will follow.
Please email materials to [email protected] and/ or send by overland mail to:
Graduate History Association Attn: Conference Submissions History Department, Herter Hall University of Massachusetts Amherst 161 Presidents Drive Amherst, MA 01003-9312
For more information and updates, please visit the GHA webpage, http://www.umass.edu/gso/gha/ Graduate History Association Attn: Conference Submissions History Department, Herter Hall University of Massachusetts Amherst 161 Presidents Drive Amherst, MA 01003-9312