CFP: ‘History of Technology and Disability’, International Committee for the History of Technology conference, Poland

Date: 22nd – 27th July 2019
Location: Katowice, Poland
Date for submissions: 15th December 2018
I am seeking panelists for a session on complexity and history of mutual relations between technology and disability for 2019 International Committee for the History of Technology (ICOHTEC) conference to be held in Katowice, Poland 22-27 July 2019. The panel will engage with the main conference theme (technology and power) by examining the disability-technology relations in local, statewide, and global frameworks. In this panel I hope to explore an entanglement where technology, disability, poverty, gender, and ethnicity intersect – all these aspects influence the accessibility as well as development of instruments, services and “technical literacy”.

Potential topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • the bio/medical technologies as biopolitical tool
  • strategies and contexts of resistance against bio/medical technologies
  • prosthesis as cultural artefact and political statement
  • dis/emancipatory technologies
  • global and postcolonial aspects of relations between technology and disability
  • special – mainstream – and back again: assistive technologies
  • the cyborgisation of the disabled body
  • disabled users and DIY practices: reusing, repairing and tinkering as inventing
  • the disabled inventors

To submit a proposal please send it to by 15th December 2018, as the session proposals deadline is 15 January 2019. In your proposal please include a 300-word abstract (please keep that limit as the submission system is very strict), as well as one-page CV, both in .doc or .docx format.

To see the original CfP please visit ICOHTEC’s website.

Magdalena Zdrodowska

Jagiellonian University

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