CFPs in Renaissance Intellectual History

Imagining Europe: Technology as Pacemaker for Modernization in Early Modern Europe


Source of Information: FICINO 2003-02-17
Date of Event: 2004-09-02 to 04
Location of event: Frankfurt a.M., Germany
Deadline for abstracts etc.: 2003-08-01



JOHANN WOLFGANG GOETHE-UNIVERSITÄT FRANKFURT AM MAIN
 
ZENTRUM ZUR ERFORSCHUNG DER FRÜHEN NEUZEIT
 
INSTITUT FÜR ARBEITSLEHRE UND POLITISCHE BILDUNG
 
HISTORISCHES SEMINAR
 




Call for Papers
 
Internationale Konferenz / International Conference
 
EuropaGestalten: Technik als Schrittmacher der europäischen Modernisierung 
 
Imagining Europe: Technology as Pacemaker for Modernization in Early Modern 
Europe
 

Frankfurt, September, 2 - 4, 2004 
Casino des IG Farben-Gebäudes 
Grüneburgplatz 1 


Preparatory Committee:
 
Dr. Renate Dürr, Historisches Seminar

Dr. Gisela Engel, Zentrum zur Erforschung der Frühen Neuzeit 

Dr. Nicole Karafyllis, Institut für Arbeitslehre und Politische Bildung

Prof. Dr. Klaus Reichert, Zentrum zur Erforschung der Frühen Neuzeit 

Prof. Dr.- Ing. Günter Ropohl, Institut für Arbeitslehre und Politische Bildung 

Prof. Dr. Luise Schorn-Schütte, Historisches Seminar
 


Interpretations of European developments since Early Modernity 
have been very widely influenced by concepts of modernization in which 
technology is of central importance. Technology is very widely accepted as 
the pacemaker of modernization and progress. Francis Bacon is considered as 
the founding father of a development resulting in the modern acceptance of 
technology as providing adequate means for any purposes.
 

We would like to discuss the relations between means and purposes, and also 
the relations between technical knowledge and the techniques of acquiring 
knowledge. In these contexts, we would like to thematize the validity of 
the modernization paradigm and the role of technology in this paradigm 
which had consequences also for the - hermeneutic - humanities and its 
practices. So Sigmund Freud , for example, wrote about the "techniques 
of psychoanalysis".
 

The conference will center around the following questions:
 

1. The idea of "technology": When does this conception arise, in which 
contexts (e.g. the arts, the crafts, medicine, rhetoric, the military, 
sciences and humanities and their forerunners), in relation to which 
objects? Who assesses these developments in which sense and why? What do 
changes of conceptions relate about changes of social relations? How does a 
technological interpretation of the various social areas contribute to 
social developments, to breaks and new contradictions?
 

2. Technology in early modern discourses: Who discusses technology in which 
contexts? Who contributed for which reasons to technology? Why do technical 
knowledge and practice develop into a general "technology"? How did 
technology become independent in relation to the arts (Leonardo), 
architecture (Balthasar Neumann), the crafts (mining, hydraulics, 
artillery)? Do we know of technologies of the self (objectifying approaches 
to body and soul)?
 

3. The problem of technology´s indifference to purposes: How can we analyze 
the relation between technology - the means - and the interests and ethical 
norms of different societies and their classes? Who is interested in 
mechanization, automatization and rationalization (in e.g. agriculture and 
forestry, in pharmacy, food technology, mechanical engineering, 
biotechnology)? Who objects to this for which reasons?
 

4. The crafts, medicine, natural sciences and engineering: towards a 
history of social, disciplinary and institutional differentiations and 
demarcations.
 


We invite your contribution. Please let us have an abstract (about 35 
lines) and a short cv (about 25 lines) by August 1, 2003. Please send this 
- preferably by email - to:
 

Dr. Gisela Engel: G.Engel@em.uni-frankfurt.de 
Dr. Nicole Karafyllis: Karafyllis@em.uni-frankfurt.de 

or to : 
Dr. Gisela Engel 
Zentrum zur Erforschung der Frühen Neuzeit 
Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität 
Robert Mayer Str. 1 (FLAT, Raum 622) 
Fach 245 
D - 60054 Frankfurt am Main 
Tel. (069) 798 23282 (Sekretariat) 
               798 28639 (direkt) 
Fax  (069) 798 25122 
http://www.uni- frankfurt.de/ZFN/ 


Dr. Nicole Karafyllis 
Institut für Arbeitslehre und Politische Bildung 
Fachbereich 03 
Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität 
Robert Mayer Str. 1 
D - 60054 Frankfurt am Main 
Tel. (069) 798 28227 

Fax (069) 798 28233