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CFP – Re-Visiting Pandora’s Hope by fotisif
May 28, 2008, 4:59 pm
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Call for papers kindly submitted to the Spondylus blog by Stephanie Koerner:

Re-Visiting Pandora’s Hope. Technological Choice and Re-constructing Plurality of Human Expertise and Aspirations


Stephanie Koerner (University Manchester) and Laurent Olivier (MAN, Saint-Germain-en-Laye)

Discussant: Tim Darvill (Bournemouth University)

Until rather recently, few archaeologists are likely to have envisaged evidence of the plurality of technological choices, which have shaped the extraordinary diversity of past and present day human life ways, as bearing very directly upon such immediately pressing challenges as:

  • facilitating sustainable development under pressures of climate change, techno-science (nuclear, chemical biological) hazard, and of the problematic ethics and politics motivating much competition between powerful agencies of today’s ‘global knowledge-based’ political economies
  • exploring the social embeddedness of technological choices in deeper comparative historical perspectives
  • challenging the narrow ways in which many local, national and international expert policy advisory agencies frame ‘public issues’
  • promoting public participation in such ‘upstream’ policy processes as deliberating commitments to social ends and accountabilities

In addition to proposals of presentations relating to these themes, suggestions of additional topics and case studies variously illustrating the socially embedded nature of technological choice are most welcome.

Case studies might focus on such topics as:

  • Technology’s roles in archaeological classification and periodisation
  • Style–function, technological choice and communication
  • Specialisation and socio-cultural complexity
  • Production, consumption, and social boundaries
  • Technological choices, chains of operation, and social agencies.
  • Plurality of cultural understandings of the environment
  • Social and symbolic aspects of technological innovation and expertise

Please write in these connections – and with comments to:


For conference details see: http://www.e-a-a.org

Selected references:

Beck, U. 1992 Risk Society: Towards a New Modernity. London: Sage Publications.

Latour, B. (1999). Pandora’s Hope: Essays on the Reality of Science Studies. Cambridge, MA.: Harvard University Press.

Lemonnier, P. (ed.) (1993) Technological Choices: Transformation in Material Culture since the Neolithic. London: Routledge.


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