36th annual meeting (2009)

Budapest, Hungary

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The 36th annual meeting of ICOHTEC was a part of the 23rd International Congress of the History of Science and Technology and was held under the main theme Ideas and "Instruments in Social Context". It took place in Budapest, Hungary, 28 July -2 August 2009.

Conference main website (IUHPS conference website) || Minutes of the ICOHTEC General Assembly


Call for paper

The International Committee for the History of Technology will hold its 36th symposium as part of the XXIII International Congress of the History of Science and Technology in Budapest (website). The general theme of the Congress is “Ideas and Instruments in Social Context” and ICOHTEC encourages proposals for sessions dealing with the history of technology within this broad framework. While open to all proposals, the program committee suggests the following subthemes for the consideration of session organizers and contributors:

  1. impact of ideas and ideologies on technical innovations
  2. theories in the history of technology
  3. impact of politics in technology during the Cold War
  4. social demands in shaping technology and designing products
  5. epistemic status of instruments and lab-technology
  6. interaction between ideas, theories, models, paradigms and the development of instruments
  7. use of lab-technology in everyday work
  8. instruments in different cultural and ethnological contexts

We urge contributors to consider organizing a full session of three or more papers. Individual paper submissions will, of course, be considered. It is also possible to propose papers unrelated to the general theme. They can be presented in a “Special Topics” session.

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

INDIVIDUAL PAPER proposals must include: (1) a 250-word (maximum) abstract in English; and (2) a one-page CV. Abstracts should include the author’s name and email address, a short  informative title of the paper, a concise statement of the thesis, a brief discussion of the sources, and a summary of  expected conclusions. In preparing your paper, remember that presentations are not full-length articles. You will have no more than 20 minutes speaking time, which is roughly equivalent to 8 double-spaced typed pages. Contributors are encouraged to submit full-length versions of their papers after the conference for consideration by ICOHTEC’s journal ICON. If you are submitting a paper proposal dealing with a particular subtheme, please indicate this in your proposal.
SESSION proposals must include: (1) an abstract of the session (250 words maximum), listing the proposed papers and a session chairperson; (2) abstracts for each paper (250 words maximum); (3) a one-page CV for each contributor and chairperson. Sessions should consist of at least three speakers, and may include several sections of three speakers each, which might extend over more than one day.

Proposal submissions

The final deadline for all submissions is Monday 7 April 2008.

Please submit proposals for papers and sessions to Reinhold Bauer (chair of the program committee) at

If email is unavailable, proposals may be sent by fax to Reinhold Bauer : 0049-40-6541-2762. Otherwise they may be sent via regular mail, postmarked 7 April 2008 to:

Reinhold Bauer
Helmut Schmidt Universität
Universität der Bundeswehr Hamburg
Fakultät für Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften
Postfach 700822, D-22008 Hamburg

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


Travel grant information

ICOHTEC will again give travel grants for contributing the ICOHTEC symposium to be held in conjunction with the ICHST Congress in Budapest 2009.

A limited number of travel grants will be provided to young scholars (predominantly from countries with traditionally “weak currencies”). These grants may go up to 300 Euros. ICOHTEC’s Travel Grant Committee will decide about the grants, wihc will be paid after the paper has been presented in the Budapest Congress.

Applicants are requested to send the following appendices with grant applications:
a.  cv including also education and academic qualifications (earned degrees,
      places of study and supervising professors), 
b.   list of publications,
c.   the abstract of the intended paper and the statement that it was accepted,
d.   name of a member of ICOHTEC who is able to give information about the applicant.

All these documents should be sent (by email) to Wolfhard Weber (wolfhard.weber@rub.de) or to Timo Myllyntaus (timmyl@utu.fi> no later than April 1st, 2009. No “double income” with SHOT is permitted.