Call for papers: International Conference on Technologies of Globalization (Oct. 30-31, 2008)
Presently (re-)shaping social life as well as economics and science, the effects of globalization are in their turn – and in manifold ways – related to and in fact highly dependent on technology. The first International Conference of the DFG-Research Group "Topologies of Technology" seeks to explore in greater detail and from a deliberately interdisciplinary angle the role(s) and function(s) of world-embracing information and communication technologies, transport and computing facilities in the global age. In particular, the plenary discussions and five interdisciplinary streams attempt to clarify how newly developed technologies contribute to and assist the currently observable developments in the particular field of engineering and, more generally, in labor distribution and organization, how they influence the re-definition of "the local" against the backdrop of "the global," and in which novel ways they enable mobility (and require new modes of managing these). In addition, space will be given to collateral effects of both globalization and technologies at large such as world-wide efforts of controlling and improving body movement(s), e.g. for the target group of old-age people, in sport science/kinesiology and perceptual computing, and to historical considerations aiming at the disclosure of precursors of technology-enhanced globalizing tendencies.
In accordance with the programmatic assumptions of the research group, abstracts from a wide variety of disciplines are welcome. These include engineering and computer sciences as well as philosophy, sociology, history, economics or cultural (including literary) studies.
• Managing mobility
• Informatized work: towards a new division of labor?
• Globalization in the production of built environment
• Globalization revisited: world-embracing technologies in a historical perspective
• Aging as a global issue – a challenge for technology and society
Abstracts due: April 15, 2008
Full paper due: September 30, 2008
Conference: October 30-31, 2008, Darmstadt, Germany
WWW site: http://www.tog08.org/
Researchers should cite this work as follows:
Jan Helge Bøhn (2008), "Call for papers: International Conference on Technologies of Globalization (Oct. 30-31, 2008)," http://globalhub.org/resources/8.