History of Technology and Disability – session during International Committee for the History of Technology ICOHTEC conference

Country: Poland

City: Katowice

Abstr. due: 15.12.2018

Dates: 22.07.19 — 27.07.19

Area Of Sciences: History and archeology;

Organizing comittee e-mail: magda.zdrodowska@uj.edu.pl

Organizers: ICOHTEC


Dear Colleagues,

I am seeking panelists to a session on complexity and history of mutual relations between technology and disability for 2019 ICOHTEC conference to be held in Katowice, Poland 22-27 July 2019. The panel will engage with the main conference theme (technology and power) by examining the disability-technology relations in local, statewide, and global frameworks. In this panel I hope to explore an entanglement where technology, disability, poverty, gender, and ethnicity intersect – all these aspects influence the accessibility as well as development of instruments, services and “technical literacy”.

Please have a look at the list of potential topics, and consider it more as an inspiration than a closed and ready catalog of problems:

  • the bio/medical technologies as biopolitical tool
  • strategies and contexts of resistance against bio/medical technologies
  • prosthesis as cultural artefact and political statement
  • dis/emancipatory technologies
  • global and postcolonial aspects of relations between technology and disability
  • special – mainstream – and back again: assistive technologies
  • the cyborgisation of the disabled body
  • disabled users and DIY practices: reusing, repairing and tinkering as inventing
  • the disabled inventors

Conference Web-Site: http://www.icohtec.org/w-annual-meeting/katowice-2019/call-for-papers/