Tensions of Europe Summer School 2019

Towards Digital Science and Technology Studies: Challenges and Opportunities

Luxembourg, 25-27 June 2019

For more information about the summer school see: http://www.toe2019.org/early-career-summer-school/ 

We live in the digital age which has a huge impact on the way we do scholarly research. For emerging careers it seems to be particularly pivotal. One the one hand, digitalization brings opportunities enlarging the methodological and thematic horizons. On the other hand, it sets a number of challenges on how to employ various methods, use new digital applications, and adapt to a rapidly changing academic community. But why do we actually need digital methods in our research?

The Early career scholars network (https://www.tensionsofeurope.eu/tensions-of-europe-early-career-scholars-network/) of Tensions of Europe in connection to the 9th Tensions of Europe (ToE) Conference (https://www.tensionsofeurope.eu/about-us/conferences/), organizes a Summer School to discuss challenges and opportunities in the field of science and technology studies (STS). The Summer School relates to the overall conference theme “Decoding Europe: Technological Pasts in the Digital Age”. We invite participants from the field of science, technology and medicine studies, both from historical and other social disciplines.

We envisage an interdisciplinary dialog and propose to discuss the following questions, among others:

  • Why does digital history matter?
  • What are challenges /obstacles of doing digital history and how to cope with them?
  • What are specificities of digital history of technology and, more broadly, STS?
  • What are opportunities of digital humanities?
  • What digitalization and historic source criticism mean?
  • What is specific in teaching digital history and using digital methods?
  • How do we imagine the future of STS in the age of digitalization?

We hope for a fruitful discussion that can inspire and help all participants in their future research and explicitly invite young scholars not specifically working on digitalization, but are interested in the topic. The school will include lectures, master classes, workshops, discussion rounds and outdoor activities.

The Early career scholars network

The Tensions of Europe Early career scholars network is self-organized and gathers PhD students, post-doctoral scholars and non-tenured academics. The network is supported and acts as part of the Tensions of Europe Network. The general aim is to actively engage in debates within ToE and to facilitate international networking among young scholars. The network provides an informal, open space for discussing research ideas and career development.

Location and travel grants

The summer school will take place at the University of Luxembourg from the 25th to the 27th June, 2019 in the Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH). The participants of the summer school are expected to be on-site, but in some of the sessions, we might also be able to include a few on-line participants. Those who apply for that option should include that in their application. The ToE network will offer several travel grants for conference participants. To apply for these travel grants, the Summer School participants will also have to attend the conference and should applicate through a form they can find at http://www.toe2019.org/registration/.


In order to promote network building, the Summer School is organized to a large extend around workshops and group discussions. It will start on Tuesday (25 June) afternoon and will last until Thursday, 12:30. Participants will be asked to read texts and write short contributions for the workshops describing their own challenges with digitalization. Invited experts will make short presentations on relevant topics, which will be followed by discussions. The deadline for submitting these contributions will also be communicated to the participants at that time.

Tentative Programme:

Tuesday (25 June) Wednesday (26 June) Thursday (27 June)
09:00-10:30 [Arrival] Workshop: Digital Preservation and Collections Round Table: Discussion about literature/topics
Coffee Break
11:00-12:30 [Arrival] Workshop: Digitalization and Teaching Ethical Challenges
Lunch Break
14:00-15:30 Opening Working with (Big) Data [Conference registration]
Coffee Break
16:00-17:30 History of Digitalization Digital Humanities and History of Technology [ToE Opening]
evening Dinner Walking tour through Luxembourg city

How to apply

In order to participate, we invite applicants to submit a short bio (no more than one page) and a short text (350-500 words) explaining their interest in the topics of the summer school and how their work would benefit from these discussions. Proposals should be sent until 31st January 2019 to len.kochetkova@gmail.com or elitsastoilova@gmail.com with a title “ToE Summer School Proposal”.

Elitsa Stoilova, Elena Kochetkova, Roberto Cantoni and Falk Flade on behalf of the Tensions of Europe Early career scholars network.

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