Permeable Boundaries:
Technology and the Natural World

2002 Humanities and Technology Association Conference
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
24-26 October 2002


THE HUMANITIES AND TECHNOLOGY ASSOCIATION is an interdisciplinary scholarly society that explores interactions of technology, science, the humanities, and the social sciences. We welcome papers dealing with all aspects of these interactions and wish to draw in as broad a range of disciplines and perspectives as possible. This year’s special topic focuses on the intersection of technology and the natural world.

Keynote Speakers:

Steven Vogel is James B. Duke Professor of Zoology at Duke University. He has published 9 books and numerous articles, among them Vital Circuits: On the Pumps, Pipes, and Workings of Circulatory Systems (1992) and Cats’ Paws and Catapults: Mechanical Works of Nature and People (1998). His work in biomechanics focuses on the way in which nature influences technology design. 

Science fiction writer Maureen McHugh is the author of China Mountain Zhang, winner of the Tiptree Award, the LOCUS best first novel award, and the Lambda. Her current novel Nekropolis is a New York Times Notable Book for 2001. Her short stories have appeared in The Year’s Best Science Fiction.

This year’s conference is organized and hosted by the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. It will be held 24-26 October 2002 on the campus of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, IN.



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