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  • From: Leonard Laborie <leonard.laborie AT>
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  • Subject: [Athena] AAC "Democracy and Technology" / Extension de la date limite
  • Date: Fri, 1 Mar 2013 10:14:17 +0100
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Cher.e.s collègues,
La date limite de réponse à l'appel à communications "Democracy and Technology" (Paris, 19-21 septembre 2013) est repoussée au 12 mars. 
Pour plus d'information:
Léonard Laborie

Call for papers - 6th Tensions of Europe Conference

Democracy and Technology. Europe in Tension, from the 19th to the 21st century 

Extended deadline for paper abstracts: 

March 12, 2013

Homepage of the conference (informations and submission):


Overall Theme of the Conference

The conference will be devoted to the complex relationship between democracy and technology from a European and transnational perspective. The core of this reflection will be the complementarities and cross-fertilization that arise in the interaction of technology and democracy, but also the frictions, tensions, and paradoxes that emerge in the discourses, representations and interplay of actors. The assumption that technology poses a threat to the liberal democratic political order rooted in the public debate, has fueled a critical approach to technology in humanities and social sciences. This also fueled various shared Europe-wide initiatives of technology assessment. Within the Soviet bloc, on the other hand, technology was promoted as a tool for building socialism.

More recently, calls for the democratization of decision-making related to controversial technical changes made the two terms meet in a dynamic no longer of opposition but of mutual construction: "technical democracy" would be an expansion of democracy, defined primarily as a continuously evolving process rather than a fixed form, open to new questions and new ways to find answers.

This historical conference is open to a wide range of interdisciplinary inquiry. It invites proposals for papers addressing an issue that up to now has mainly been investigated on a national basis. Focusing on circulations and appropriations of technology in a European and transnational perspective, the conference should open new ways to think and talk about the history of Europe.

While European spaces are privileged, papers on the themes of the conference but covering other geographical areas will also be considered.

Where: Université Paris Sorbonne

 When:  September 19-21, 2013

  • [Athena] AAC "Democracy and Technology" / Extension de la date limite, Leonard Laborie, 03/01/2013

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