The 47th Symposium of the International Committee for the History of Technology, ICOHTEC's first digital meeting, July 15–17, 2020

Conference Report


Yoel Bergman, , Florian Bettel , Maria Elvira Callapez , Drucker, Donna J. , Francesco Gerali , Lente, Dick van , Männistö-Funk, Tiina , Poser, Stefan , Schuetz, Thomas


01 July 2021


Cultural History, Cultural Studies, Technical History



The theme of the 47th symposium of the International Committee for the History of Technology (ICOHTEC) was "A History of Technology for an Age of Crisis." Discussing crises was highly attractive for many scholars, and two-thirds of the papers covered this theme. Such a focused conference is unique in the history of ICOHTEC, known for developing topics by organizing sessions at meetings every year.1 The symposium was scheduled at Eindhoven University of Technology, a center of research for the history of technology in Europe. The Program Committee received and evaluated more than two hundred paper proposals.2 After the committee, chaired by Stefan Poser, had almost completed preparations for the entire event, the COVID-19 crisis forced us to find another solution for this conference. The local organizers invited us to be one of the first international conferences in the humanities to go digital, and as a result, the symposium took place online, July 15–17, 2020. Eindhoven University's Faculty of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences was its technical and organizational core, from where Jan Korsten, Angelique Bakker, and Erik van der Vleuten coordinated the conference with ICOHTEC's Program Committee. Assisting them was a crew of student-assistants, who operated the virtual conference rooms, bringing together participants from all over the world, each in their own room or office. The Eindhoven technical support team ran a net reaching from the North American West Coast and Latin America to Europe, China, and Australia.

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62/3, 873–893

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Published By: Florian Bettel | Universität für Angewandte Kunst Wien | Publication Date: 09 May 2022, 10:58 | Edit Date: 26 January 2023, 13:16