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Little Technologies / Big Histories Workshop

November 15 @ 8:00 am - November 16 @ 5:00 pm

“Little Technologies / Big Histories” is a one-day workshop featuring on-going and in-progress research by UW students, fellows, and faculty. The workshop highlights the trans-regional, global, and “big” histories of small, portable technologies—including consumer goods, household items, and office machines—that changed the way people conducted their everyday affairs and left an imprint on daily life. Taking inspiration from David Arnold’s work on “everyday technology”, Tom Mullaney’s history of the Chinese typewriter, and recent scholarship in bureaucracy studies, the histories of science and technology, and print history, this workshop brings together scholars working on Asia, Africa, and the Americas to showcase the global travel of technology through imperial and consumer networks and the contributions of inventors, tinkerers, and designers who made these technologies meet local demands and individual needs.

Graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty are invited to present their work during the workshop and to participate in the events and discussions surrounding Professor Tom Mullaney’s Hilldale Lecture and visit to UW–Madison on November 15 and 16, 2018. Those interested in participating in the formal workshop should write to Elizabeth Lhost (Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Humanities, by August 15, 2018 (deadline extended) with a brief description of their research interests and background, along with a title for and short (200–250-word) abstract of the paper they would like to workshop in November.

Those interested in participating but not presenting, should also email to be added to the email list for updates and announcements.

Additional details and a preliminary workshop schedule will be made available in September. 


November 15 @ 8:00 am
November 16 @ 5:00 pm
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