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Technology of Simple Things

Say “technology” and our immediate association may be with complex systems, feats of engineering, and large scale constructions.  We invite discussion of seemingly simple innovations, ones not necessarily derived from involved calculation or engineering – small devices, inventions with unknown origin in the past, practices so thoroughly incorporated into daily life that we don’t think of them as  “technology.”  Let us consider the consequences, foreseen and unforeseen, of simple changes.

We welcome individual papers and session proposals addressing the conference theme from all possible disciplinary angles, such as its representation in literature, the visual arts, political essays, or scientific and philosophical writings.  In addition to papers, we will consider submissions for poster or portfolio presentation and musical performance. In keeping with our theme, we suggest that our participants consider making their presentations in the simplest form possible – without reliance on technological props.

In addition to the conference theme, papers on all other aspects of the interaction of technology, science, and the humanities are welcome.

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Submission Deadline: June 30, 2008

Proposals may be directed to:
Howard S. Meltzer
Department of Music and Art, S115
Borough of Manhattan Community College
199 Chambers Street
New York, NY 10007