Friday, May 28, 2010

Humanities and Technology

CFP: Humanities and Technology Association, Annual Meeting, 9/30/10 -
10/02/10

Topic: Technology and Development: The Human Benefits and Burdens

The sustainable use of technical and natural resources makes it
possible to alleviate world hunger, eliminate illiteracy, deliver
basic health care services, and raise living standards worldwide. Yet,
we still face significant political, economic, environmental, and
social challenges in reaching the United Nations Millennium
Development Goals of eliminating extreme poverty in all its forms by
2015. Some of these challenges evoke questions about the use and abuse
of technologies with regard to development. What have been the human
benefits and burdens of the introduction of new technologies in the
past and what are the challenges facing both the developed and
developing countries today? Paper submissions may address, but are not
limited to, the following themes:

1. The response of the arts to the issue of technology and
development
2. Technology, development, and the environment, including land and
water use, mining, and the burden of
mitigating greenhouse gases
3. New technologies and the impact on workforce development
4. Agricultural revolution, industrial revolution, other issues in the
history of technology
5. Country studies of the interface between technology and
development
6. Theories of economic development in light of new technologies
7. North versus South: the benefits and burdens of development
8. The politics of access to technology: gender, race, and class
9. Hunger, technology, and development
10. Religion, technology, and development
11. Health care, technology, and development
12. Biotechnology and human nature
13. Net neutrality

Submission Guidelines: Papers should be designed for a twenty-minute
presentation. Submit a two-to-three page proposal by May 28, 2010 to
Dr. George Sochan, Conference Chairman, Department of History and
Government, Bowie State University, via MSWord attachment, to
gsochan@bowiestate.edu. Notification of acceptance or rejection of
proposals will be sent by email by June 4, 2010.
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