CFP: IHR History Lab Conference 2014 : Innovation

Call for Papers: IHR History Lab Conference 2014 : Innovation

Institute of Historical Research, London, 11-12 June 2014

Throughout history there have been innovations, be it in terms of industry, technology, science or medicine. There have been innovations related to regimes of thought, ways of seeing and modes of understanding. Conversely there have also been instances where innovation has been rejected, refused and rebuffed, with communities and societies adhering to traditional forms of living. Furthermore, with the march of innovation also came the end of things, such as ways of living, forms of education, modes of production and belief and understanding.

Innovation has also led to an increase in methodologies, theories and cross-disciplinary approaches in scholarship. How have these assisted, or constrained, researchers, such as the digital turn in humanities and moves towards multi- and inter-disciplinarity?

The conference seeks to discuss and exchange ideas regarding innovation and correspondingly the lack of innovation, and resistance to innovation. How have innovations been regarded contemporaneously, by academics, and what have been the wider ramifications, influences and impacts of innovation?

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers, or panels of three speakers, from postgraduate students and early-career researchers.

Please submit proposals of 300 words to: by 28th February 2014.

Papers may cover and explore the theme of Innovation in topics including, but not limited to, the following areas:

·   Social, cultural, political mobility.

·   Religious movements and practices.

·   Medicine, psychiatry, psychology and health sciences.

·   Philosophical regimes of thought.

·   Administration and bureaucracy.

·   Industry and urbanization.

·   Sport, leisure, and pastimes.

·   Transport and travel.

·   Politics, protest and resistance.

·   Technology and science.

·   Architecture and the built environment.

·   Education, welfare, public health and sanitation.

·   Agriculture, landscapes and gardens.

·   Family, society and popular culture.

·   Labour, business and industrial relations.

·   Crime, policing, surveillance and the law.

·   Crown, court culture, estates and nobility.

·   Scholarship, methodologies and interdisciplinarity.

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