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INES Sponsored Workshop

Lisbon, Portugal 2008
October 14-15 2008

Overview  |   INES  |   Hosts and Sponsors  |   Program Committee  |   Workshop Format  |   Deadlines  |   Travel  |   Plans for Dissemination  |   Program  |  Manuscripts  |  Participant Login


The International Network for Engineering Studies is sponsoring a meeting in Lisbon on October 14-15, 2008. This meeting is being held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Society for the History of Technology, and will take place over 1-1/2 days following SHOT. The theme of this INES gathering is “Global Perspectives on Engineering,” and we have accepted papers that relate directly to one of the four themes listed below:

  • Engineering and Global Development
  • Engineering Identities
  • Engineering and the Public Sphere
  • Education and Societal Change

The deadline for the submission of abstracts has now passed.

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International Network for Engineering Studies (INES)

The International Network for Engineering Studies was founded in 2004 during the Paris meeting of the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S), and is presently coordinated by Gary Downey (Virginia Tech), Maria Paula Diogo (New University of Lisbon), and Chyuan-Yuan Wu (National Tsing Hua University). It is an interdisciplinary network created to a) advance research and teaching in historical, social, cultural, philosophical, rhetorical, and organizational studies of engineers and engineering; n) to help build and serve diverse communities of researchers and teachers interested in engineering studies; and c) to facilitate contributions from scholarly work in engineering studies to broader discussions and debates about engineering education, research, practice, and policy. The primary means of achieving these purposes shall be by meetings, conferences, and workshops in which lectures and technical papers are presented, by organizing online forums and developing online resources for research and teaching, and by editing a journal in engineering studies.

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Host and Sponsors

The event is hosted by Maria Paula Diogo, Director of the Centre of History of Science and Technology at the New University of Lisbon.

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Program Committee

Maria Paula Diogo (New University of Lisbon)*
Atsushi Akera (Rensselaer)*
Park Doing (Cornell)
Gary Downey (Virginia Polytechnic)
Ann Johnson (University of South Carolina)
Ulrik Jorgensen (TU Denmark)

*Co-organizers of workshop

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Workshop Format

Our workshop will be conducted using a format developed by the North Carolina German Studies Seminar and Workshop Series, organized by the Department of History at the University of North Carolina.

The format:

  • Brief, pre-circulated papers (project summary or prospectus:1800 word limit). SHOT paper by prior arrangement.
    • Descriptions of work-in-progress and early presentations of a new research actively encouraged.
    • Authors may submit longer manuscripts and other material in addition to their paper. These will be posted alongside the precis and recommended to the 1st and 2nd readers.
  • All participants should read all papers before the workshop, as posted online.
  • We will also be assigning a first and second reader for each paper

During the workshop:

  • No presentation by the author
  • Open discussion of all papers within each session
  • The job of the readers are to:
    • First reader: Help open the session by providing a brief summary of their assigned paper (2 minute limit per respondent).
    • Second reader: Interject at any time during the discussion. Help clarify a point or redirect/refocus discussion based on your close reading of the paper.
  • As at Blacksburg, authors are encouraged to listen rather than respond. But at Lisbon, authors will be allowed to contribute directly to the discussion. But while they may respond to questions, interpretations, and suggestions about their work, they should refrain from dominating the conversation.

There will also be some opening and closing sessions for the workshop. See the Full Program for details.

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15 May 2008: Abstracts Deadline

The deadline for abstracts is now passed. Although the workshop will be closed to registered participants, plans for the future dissemination of information are described below.

1 June 2008: Notification of Acceptance

The stated goal of the organizers and the program committee was to welcome scholarly work from all different humanistic and social science disciplines, as well as interdisciplinary areas of study. We also hoped to draw in diverse and transnational perspectives, as well as perspectives on engineering outside of the Western context.

15 September 2008: Completed Precis and/or Papers Due

All authors should submit their completed project description or prospectus by this date. As noted under Format above, the precis should be limited to 1800 words. (Those who wish to extend the discussion of their SHOT papers may submit their conference paper instead.) Please submit your material promptly, as the workshop is organized around reading a substantial number of pre-circulated papers.

In addition, authors may submit a longer article-length manuscript to be posted alongside the precis until the date of the workshop.

15 September 2008: Read Precirculated Papers

The papers will be immediately available to all workshop participants, including assigned respondents, as soon as they are received and posted. All workshop participants are expected to read all precis prior to the workshop. The assigned respondents are encouraged to read any accompanying article-length manuscript submitted along with the precis, if any.

14-15 October 2008: Workshop Date

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Travel and Accomodations

Insofar as the workshop is taking place alongside the annual meeting of the Society for the History of Technology, all information related to travel and accommodations may be found on the SHOT conference website.

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Plans for Dissemination

There is no planned vehicle for the dissemination of workshop papers. Further discussion on dissemination strategies may take place during the workshop. We expect that many of the papers will be suitable, in fully developed and revised form, for publication in the new Engineering Studies journal. All authors will also be invited to retain their works-in-progress on a published website, with appropriate mechanisms for eliciting further comment and for its conversion to a citation upon formal publication of the piece.

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