[SIGCIS-Members] Three future conferences

Petri Paju petpaju at utu.fi
Tue Jan 20 00:48:32 PST 2009

Hi all,
Here are three conferences that may be relevant for some of us.

Call for Papers – Workshop Announcement
Telecommunication and Globalization: Information Flows in the
Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century
24-25 September 2009, Heidelberg, Germany
(Proposals dead line 30 April 2009.)
- For more, see below.

Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science
October 28 – November 1, 2009, Washington, DC

Submit Abstract and Session Proposals by March 1
- For more, see below.

21st Annual Conference on
Accounting, Business & Financial History
at Cardiff University, 14-15 September 2009
Announcement of Conference and Call for Papers

Those wishing to offer papers to be considered for presentation at the
conference should send an abstract of their paper (not exceeding one 
page) by 1 June 2009 to:...google for more.

Best wishes,
Petri Paju

Call for Papers – Workshop Announcement
Telecommunication and Globalization: Information Flows in the
Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century
24-25 September 2009, Heidelberg, Germany

Organized by the Junior Research Group “Asymmetries in Cultural 
Information Flows: Europe and South Asia in the Global Information 
Network since the Nineteenth Century” (headed by Dr Roland Wenzlhuemer) 
at the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context”, 
University of Heidelberg

Globalization challenges the established relationship between time and 
space and detaches human interaction from co-locality or proximity. By 
bringing geographically distant and socioculturally
diverse places in touch, it creates a placeless global sphere. When its 
transregional connections and transfers become numerous and significant 
enough, this sphere
develops a rationale of its own and starts to interact with the local. 
Globalization becomes a
historically relevant process that has a formative impact on local life 
and culture.
By enabling ever-increasing flows of information and knowledge which 
connect people over
great geographic and cultural distances, telecommunication technologies 
have played and
continue to play a key role in processes of globalization. The emergence 
during the nineteenth
and early twentieth century of a global telecommunication network 
significantly altered the
nature of human communication and represented a vital phase in the 
history of global
connections. For the first time in history, long-distance communication 
became “dematerialized”,
i.e. it became detached from the physical medium which enabled its 

This workshop invites scholars and students in the humanities and social 
sciences to explore
the complex interrelations between telecommunication technologies and 
globalization in a
historical and socio-cultural perspective. The focus of the workshop 
rests on the emergence of a
global network of telegraph and telephone lines during the nineteenth 
and early twentieth
century and its impact on various domains of human activity, such as 
administration, trade, transport, commerce, labour, news, language, and 
knowledge production.
The workshop organizers seek to provide an interdisciplinary forum for 
debating how this
significant historical development impacted on the rationale of the 
global sphere and translated
into economic, political, social and cultural changes at the local 
level. It is hoped that this forum
will allow for new and fascinating perspectives on the interplay of 
technologies and globalization. Potential questions to be explored include:

‐ Which socio-economic and cultural factors contributed to the emergence 
of particular global network patterns?

‐ What was the role of telecommunication in linking the global and the 
local? How did it change the rationale of the global sphere?

‐ How did new telecommunication technologies transform existing 
perceptions of time and space?

‐ How were the global and the local negotiated through telecommunication 
In what ways did agents in non-information societies adopt and adapt 
foreign (i.e.
European/North American) information technologies to their own ends? How 
did such
developments in the field of technology and colonial enterprise impact 
upon European

‐ Did technologies shape their own networks? And how did emerging 
communication patterns impact upon the development of the technology itself?

‐ Can we find asymmetries in global network patterns and information 
flows? Did lessconnected regions automatically find themselves at the 
receiving end of information flows?

‐ Can we find evidence for processes of political and cultural 
centralization? If so, have there been counterstrategies in order to 
preserve the influence and leeway of agents in the periphery?

‐ How did these new technologies impact upon news collection and 
distribution? How did they change pre-existing ideas and practices of 

‐ What was the impact of these new communication technologies on 
language and cultural perceptions of language? How did they contribute 
to processes of language standardization and language globalization?

Proposals of not more than 500 words may be submitted electronically 
(Word or PDF) to the organizing committee (Amelia Bonea, 
bonea at asia-europe.uni-heidelberg.de and Paul Fletcher,
fletcher at asia-europe.uni-heidelberg.de) by 30 April 2009. For further 
inquiries, please contact
the organizing committee.

Dr Roland Wenzlhuemer
Junior Research Group Leader

Cluster of Excellence
'Asia and Europe in a Global Context'
University of Heidelberg

Karl Jaspers Centre
Voßstraße 2, Gebäude 4400
69115 Heidelberg

Phone +49 (0) 6221 54 4095
Fax   +49 (0) 6221 54 4012
Web   http://www.asia-europe.uni-heidelberg.de
Email wenzlhuemer at asia-europe.uni-heidelberg.de

Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science
October 28 – November 1, 2009, Washington, DC

Submit Abstract and Session Proposals by March 1
Dear Colleague:
4S conference welcomes contributions on topics from the range of  fields 
found within science and technology studies. This year’s  conference 
will not have a predetermined theme. Consequently,  proposals for 
sessions and papers should emphasize how they will make  innovative and 
timely contributions to any theme relevant to science  and technology 
studies (STS).

Our new abstract submission system is now online. All submitters and 
authors will need to create a new user account in this system. Aside 
from this small inconvenience, we are confident the new system will 
enable more efficient conference management and improved communication 
with participants.

Submit abstracts and session proposals here. Deadline is March 1.

Program practices
Given the growing size of the 4S conferences and the desire to be as 
inclusive as possible, the program committee will need to make full  use 
of the available time slots. Therefore, individuals may be listed  for a 
paper presentation and one other role (such as session chair or 
discussant but not a second paper) for a maximum of two appearances.

Paper abstracts may be submitted individually or by a session 
organizer. Submissions are in the form of abstracts of 500 words or 
less, and must include a summary of the paper’s main arguments and 
methodology, as well as a brief statement on the contribution to the 
STS literature.

Session proposals should be limited to 500 words total, and should 
contain a summary and rationale for the session, as well as a brief 
discussion of its contribution to STS. Session proposals should list 
names of all session organizers and panelists, including institutional 
affiliations and (electronic) addresses. Session proposals should be 
based on the assumption of two-hour time slots with twenty minutes per 
presentation. A typical session may have five papers, one discussant, 
and a ten-minute open discussion slot. You must have a minimum of  three 
complete paper abstracts in order to submit a session proposal.  The 
program committee may assign additional papers to proposed sessions.

Proposals for double and triple sessions on a single topic may receive 
a request to consolidate the topic into one panel or to break the 
multiple sessions into different topics.

The meeting welcomes papers, sessions and events that are innovative  in 
their delivery, organization, range of topics, type of public and  which 
bring new resources to the STS community to explore these new  relations 
and themes. Apart from traditional research papers, the  conference will 
also welcome proposals for sessions and papers using  ‘new media’ or 
other forms of innovative presentation.

New session format
This year, for the first time, the 4S is including a new “workshop” 
format. This is an opportunity for informal presentations, with 
presenters and other attendees seated around tables. This format is 
ideal for a more interactive presentation of preliminary ideas and  work 
in progress. Authors and session organizers should indicate if  they 
would like to be part of a workshop table. Submissions for  “workshop” 
presentations are included under the one first-authored  submission 
limit, stated above. It is also possible for sessions to be  proposed as 
workshop tables.

For more information, visit the 4S website at 
http://www.4sonline.org/meeting.htm .

Barbara Allen and Daniel Breslau,
Program co-chairs, meeting at 4sonline.org

Petri Paju, FT, tutkija, Turun yliopisto
-- Ph.D. Researcher, Univ. of Turku

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