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Call for Papers: Technology in Modern East Asia Workshop (May 19-20, 2016)

Technology in Modern East Asia Workshop

May 19-20, 2016

Hosted by Needham Research Institute, Cambridge, UK

We are pleased to invite applications for the 2016 edition of the Technology in Modern East Asia Workshop which will take place at the Needham Research Institute in Cambridge (UK), May 19-20, 2016.

The aim of the workshop is to assist in bringing to fruition new research on the role of technology in the history of East Asia since 1800.

Envisioned as a mentoring and development event, it brings together early career and established scholars for detailed discussion of work in progress. The purpose of this intensive feedback on pre-circulated work is to shorten the time from draft to print for promising research articles.

Our definition of technology is intentionally broad, and includes work that sheds light on diverse aspects of technology in history of modern East Asia.  

Previous mentors include: Francesca Bray (University of Edinburgh, UK), Barbara Hahn (Technology and Culture/Texas Tech, US), Liliane Hilaire-Pérez (EHESS, France), John Krige (Georgia Tech, US), Dagmar Schäfer (MPIGW, Germany), Lucy Rhymer (Cambridge University Press), Togo Tsukahara (University of Kobe, Japan), David Wittner (Utica College, US)

The workshop is generously supported by the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT), the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPGW), the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the Needham Research Institute.

All selected applicants will be provided with accommodation and meals during the workshop. As limited support is available for travel, however, we strongly encourage candidates to seek travel funding from their home institution.

Interested applicants are asked to submit a short CV and an article abstract (maximum 750 words). In order to assess the significance of their work, we encourage applicants to situate their article within broader disciplinary debates.

Applications should be submitted by January 25, 2016 by e-mail to the organizer at

Successful applicants are required to submit a 8000-words research article draft by April 1, 2016.

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