You can not upload your papers anymore. The selected presentations are on the program page.

We invite sending in paper- and session proposals on technology & crisis for a broad range of historical periods, geographies, and crisis domains—including political conflicts, social and civil rights, colonial practices, health epidemics and health care, economic depressions, environmental disasters, and so on, along with the crises of collective identity that are often related to both technological crises and technological solutions. Contributions which examine the correlations of crisis and technology are welcome, as are case studies of specific technologically-related crises, and presentations which explore the implications and interconnections of technological crisis in media representation, art, and legislation for example.

Beside contributions to the main theme of the symposium, paper and session proposals on different topics of the history of technology are welcome.

Proposal submissions

Please submit your session, individual paper, or poster, online: 

The submission form will guide you through the submission process. If questions arise, please consult the pdf document ‘Technical instructions’, which can be found on the opening page of the submission form.

Proposal Guidelines

The symposium welcomes scholarship on all periods of history and all areas of the globe, especially contributions from beyond Europe and the United States, and presentations on regions that have been less extensively covered by historians of technology. In keeping with a cherished tradition of the field, the meeting is open to scholars from all disciplines and backgrounds. The conference language is English.

Although we invite to submit individual papers as well, priority will be given to proposals of whole sessions.


Individual paper proposals must include:
(1) a 300-word (maximum) abstract and
(2) a one-page (maximum) CV.

Abstracts should include the author’s name and email address, a short descriptive title, three to five key words, a concise statement of the thesis, a brief discussion of the sources, and a summary of the major conclusions. If you are submitting a paper proposal dealing with a particular subtheme in this CfP, please indicate this in your proposal.

In preparing your paper, remember that presentations are not full-length articles. You will have no more than 20 minutes to speak, which is roughly equivalent to 8 double-spaced typed pages. For more suggestions about preparing your conference presentation, please consult the guidelines at the conference website . Contributors are encouraged to submit full-length versions of their papers after the conference for consideration by ICOHTEC’s peer-reviewed journal ICON.


Panel proposals must include:
(1) an abstract of the panel (300 words maximum), listing the proposed papers and a session chairperson;
(2) an abstract for each paper (300 words maximum);
(3) a one-page CV (maximum) for each contributor and chairperson.

Panels should consist of three or four speakers. Several panels may be organized on one topic. We encourage creating panels which examine history of technology in different parts of the world, enabling international comparisons, and contributing to an emerging transnational historiography. Please note, the programme committee reserves the right to make adjustments to proposed panels, relocating papers to different themes and/or adding papers to panels, as required.


Poster proposals must include:
(1) a 300-word (maximum) abstract; and
(2) a one-page CV.

Abstracts should include the author’s name and email address, a short descriptive title, a concise statement of the thesis, a brief discussion of the sources, and a summary of the major conclusions.


The programme committee also encourages submission of alternative formats for sessions: round tables, the presentation of an important book or film, etc. If you wish to submit a proposal for a session in an alternative format, please contact the Chair of the Program Committee, Stefan Poser,

NEW EXTENDED DEADLINE! The final deadline for all submissions is Sunday, 22 February 2020.

The Program Committee
Stefan Poser GE (Chair)
Francesco Gerali IT

Jan Hadlaw CA
Stefan Krebs LUX
Jacopo Pessina IT
Thomas Schütz GE
Kamna Tiwary IND
Erik van der Vleuten NL
Artemis Yagou GE/GR
Magdalena Zdrodowska PL