Welcome to the 9th edition of the Tensions of Europe conference, 27-30 June 2019, organised by the Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH) / University of Luxembourg.
Decoding Europe: Technological Pasts in the Digital Age investigates the way in which our approach to European technological pasts is influenced, shaped and may even be transformed in the digital age, and, conversely, how the digital present and future of Europe is the result of long-term historical trajectories and patterns.
Along with the impact of digitisation on historical archives, resources and practices, we also invite presentations exploring the writing and shaping of European history in a critical, experimental and interdisciplinary way: retro-digitised and born-digital heritage, new tools and digital practices of European historiography, digital narratives and teaching methods in the field of European history.
Our aim is to encourage a process of cross-fertilisation by including contributions from a wide variety of historical disciplines as well as from archivists and fields such as geography, digital humanities, science and technology studies, Internet studies, media studies, information and communication sciences, and infrastructure, platform and code studies.
Also welcome are themes that extend the general research agenda of the Tensions of Europe network, e.g. transnational histories of technology, history of European infrastructures and networks, environment and technology, the democracy–technology relationship, conflicting interests and technology, technology and hidden integration, technology and culture, gender and technology, technology and ethnicity, and technology and disability.
Submission of proposals
The organisers invite scholars to submit proposals by 15 November 2018 (submissions are now open). Abstracts for individual papers and posters should be 250-300 words.
All proposals should include a title, a short abstract and the academic title, affiliation and short biography of the applicant(s). Please name your PDF document with your LastName-FirstName.
For panels, please describe the theme of the panel (max. 300 words) and provide shorter abstracts (max. 150 words each) for individual papers. Two “My PhD in 10 minutes” sessions will allow young scholars to present their research. Please submit an abstract of 150 words (and specify that you are applying for these sessions).
Tensions of Europe conferences have always featured alternative meeting formats. We encourage proposals for non-traditional sessions with different formats and new ideas (e.g. round tables, agenda-building sessions, brainstorming sessions, break-out groups with assignments, poster discussions, film discussions and event-based sessions). As long as quality can be demonstrated – with the potential for constructive, stimulating and engaging discussion – the program committee will not prioritise between formats. If you wish to suggest a presentation in a different format, please also use these word limits as guidelines.
For information on the academic and social programme of the conference, affiliated events and keynote speakers, see the conference website: www.toe2019.org.
We will inform all applicants whether their proposals have been accepted by 20 January 2019.