Young scholars in the history of technology: surviving and thriving in academia


Digital Gathering for Early Career Scholars at the Digital Workshop Festival 2021, June 28th 9am to 13pm (CET) 

Academic survival for early career scholars with Professor Ruth Oldenziel (Eindhoven University of Technology) and Voices from the Future of the History of Technology 

About the event:

The Tensions of Europe network has established itself as an important forum and meeting point for historians of technology in Europe. The physical meetings, summer schools, and virtual conferences have been essential in facilitating international cooperation between early career scholars from different countries who are building their professional identity and academic networks. The suspension of travelling and postponing conferences, necessary due to the current global pandemic situation, has significantly reduced the possibilities of early career scholars to connect with scholars outside their home institutions.

To address these needs a digital summer seminar for early career scholars will be organized in conjunction with the Tensions of Europe Digital Workshop Festival. The focus lies on connecting scholars. Therefore, the workshop will provide doctoral students and post-doctoral scholars a possibility to present their research and interests in short format.

Program June 28th 

9.00-9.15 Welcoming words and introductions

9.15-10.30 Ruth Oldenziel: Academic survival for early career scholars.

10.30-11.00 Break

11.00 -12.30 Voices from the Future of the History of Technology. 

Short presentations of research projects and future plans. Each presenter will have 10 minutes in total including the presentations, technical problems, and discussion.

12.30-13.00 Open Discussion


Michal Ďurčo, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Institute of History, Bratislava, Slovakia - Mobility History, Environmental History, Transport Infrastructure, LTS, globalization

Saara Matala, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden - Maritime Technology, Cold War, Oil Capitalism, Economic and Technological Nationalism

Jakub Mazanec, Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic - Cold War Technopolitics, Water projects, Cold War in the Third World (Africa), Expert Exchanges and the Circulation of Knowledge

Tirza Meyer, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway - History of International Law, Maritime History, Territory, Underwater Technology, Blue Humanities

Anna Petrova, Higher School of Economics University, St Petersburg, Russia - Consumer society, textile industry, Cold War era, technology transfer

Ginevra Sanvitale, Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, Netherlands - History of Computing, Emotions and Technology, Digital Countercultures, Italian Socialism

Hanna Vikström, Luleå Technological University, Luleå, Sweden - Resources, History of technology, Scarcity, Knowledge, History of dentistry


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