CFP: Technological Momentum - from Gunpowder to Modern Explosives and Propellants (ICHOTEC)

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Call for Papers
February 5, 2018
Subject Fields: 
Military History, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Archaeology

Technological Momentum - from Gunpowder to Modern Explosives and Propellants

Papers are invited on all aspects of the history of gunpowder, explosives, and propellants at the 45th International Committee for the History of Technology (ICOHTEC) Symposium in St. Etienne, France, 17-21 July 2018. Full information on the conference may be found at

Following on previous symposia on the history of gunpowder that resulted in the volumes Gunpowder: the history of an international technology (1996) and Gunpowder, explosives and the state: a technological history (2016), both edited by Brenda Buchanan, presentations on all topics related to the topic, their technology and industry, related social change in the industry or the military, and historic industrial structures are welcome. Papers from all time periods and regions are welcome, and those on international and comparative topics are particularly encouraged.

Proposals for individual presentations, 20 minutes in length, may be directly uploaded at the ICOHTEC website above, and merely require a title, 200-300 word abstract, contact information and a 150+ word CV. NOTE: Your proposal should be entered under the [Expressions of “technological momentum” in history] theme on the proposal form. Please direct any questions to any of the conveners of these sessions listed below.

The deadline for proposals is February 5, 2018

ICOHTEC is also the regular venue for sessions on the social history of military technology as well as all manner of history of technology presentations.  This is also the 50th anniversary of ICOHTEC so it will be a lively conference. The conference venue will provide computers and data projectors as needed in each presentation room.  Please be aware that facilities for presenting media formats other than Microsoft PowerPoint (.ppt/.pptx), and Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) may not be available.  In particular, please note on the form whether access to the Internet is crucial for your presentation (e.g., media embedded vs. linked to the Web).

Presenters are encouraged to transform their presentations into articles for Vulcan: the International Journal for the Social History of Military Technology, which planning a special theme issue on technological determinism and momentum. Those papers that take on that history of technology theme directly will be welcome in that issue; other papers on social themes would be welcome in regular issues.

To submit your proposal and for further information on the conference, go to the online form

For questions please contact any of the conveners

Contact Info: 

Steven Walton, Dept. of Social Sciences, Michigan Technologiucal University, Houghton, MI

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