The Danish Post & Tele Museum and Aalborg University are organizing an interdisciplinary conference on the history of infrastructure, to be held at the Post & Tele Museum in Copenhagen, from the 26th-28th September 2014.

The main theme is the role of infrastructure in the modernization of society, from about 1850 to the present day, viewed in the light of recent scholarship in history, cultural studies and the social sciences.

The conference takes its point of departure in the notion of a “material turn” within the humanities, and highlights the dynamic and crucial relations between human actors, technology and society in the historical processes.

Scholars from all relevant fields are invited to submit proposals to [email protected], no later than December 1, 2013. We welcome papers that delve into the history of particular kinds of infrastructure
– communications, sanitation, transport, energy supply etc. – but we are also open to theoretical contributions on issues such as infrastructure and modernization or the analytical significance of the material turn.

After the conference, a selection of the papers presented will be published in an edited volume on current trends in the historiography of infrastructure.

Please note that the conference will be held in English.

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For further information and specific queries, please send a note to the conference email address above.