Technology and the Making of Europe

Summer schools

The TOE Network aims to organize one summer school annually on a theme relevant to the Tensions of Europe program. These summer schools will offer Ph.D. students and recent post-docs in the humanities and social sciences an opportunity to learn about new developments in the history of technology, and to present and discuss their work. The summer schools will draw teachers from the network, and will build and maintain cohesion within TOE by bringing together, in small groups, scholars of different levels and from different countries (Summer School Program Proposal).



Summer School "Oral History and Technological Memory"

Turku, Finland, 12-15 August 2009

The purpose of this summer school was to discuss the challenge of oral history in the history of technology, and was designed with two main objectives. First, it aimed at providing PhD students and postdocs with up-to-date knowledge of oral history methods, especially in the domain of the history of technology and in particular with regard to how these questions and methods can help us better understand the European pasts that are being studied in the Inventing Europe programme. Second, it offered the participants an opportunity to present their own work and to discuss it with senior historians of technology and international experts in the fields of oral history and cultural history.



Summer School "Europeanization, Globalization, Americanization, Sovietization, … Conceptual Tools of Framing the History of Technology in Europe"

Deutsches Museum, Munich, Germany, September, 8-13 2008

The conceptual approach of the summer school was to put the issue of Europeanisation central and to discuss and evaluate this secular process from the mid 19th century onwards in the light of a number of partially competing, partially complementary tools to frame the history of technology in Europe. These tools, such as Globalisation, Americanisation, and

Sovietisation have all developed into powerful methods of historical analysis, and they all have shaped numerous narratives of the history of Europe. From this orientation, a set of central questions emerged for the summer school, in particular, how to define Europeanisation and how to write its history, how to relate it to European integration on the one hand and to technical change on the other.



Summer School "Cold War Technology in Europe"

Chios (Greece) and Izmir (Turkey), 27 August - 1 September 2007

The aim of this summer school was to incorporate the latest research developments on European science and technology into a new historiography of Cold War Europe. The summer school introduced a broader set of innovative research strategies for identifying and explaining the processes that shaped, sustained and sometimes undermined various transnational European identities in ways that have seldom been visible in traditional bilateral political narratives.


Second Summer School "Technologies and their Environments: The Circulation of Materials, People, and Knowledge in 20th-Century Europe"

Germany, 8-13 July 2007

This interdisciplinary PhD summer school explores the embedding of modern technologies in their environments through concepts such as "circulation", "metabolism", and "ubiquity". Focusing on 20th-century Europe, it investigates how technology has become so closely intertwined with its surrounding that old distinction between culture no longer seems to make sense.



The first TOE Summer School

Bordeaux, France, 18-22 September 2006

Organized by Christophe Bouneau and Pascal Griset.