[URBANTH-L]CFP: Dangerous Trade: Histories of Industrial Hazard
Across a Globalizing World
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Sun Dec 17 14:04:51 EST 2006
Dangerous Trade: Histories of Industrial Hazard Across a Globalizing World
We invite paper proposals for an international conference on the historical
relationship between industrial hazards and globalization. The conference
will be held December 13-15, 2007, at Stony Brook University, Stony Brook,
N.Y. It will focus especially on two more recent periods of global economic
integration, the late nineteenth/early twentieth and the later twentieth
centuries. The conference will highlight several themes:
--the making of hazardous industries in particular places. Issues may range
from design, engineering, and management of dangerous processes; to worker
health and disease; to housing and sanitation; to air and water pollution;
to ecological impacts on surrounding lands and livelihoods. The industries
involved may be older, as in agriculture or mining or textiles, or newer, as
in petrochemical or nuclear plants. For each period, we seek cases studies
in both developed and developing worlds.
-knowing and controlling industrial hazards. Issues may include the evolving
awareness of danger, risk, or dissemination; changing and conflicting styles
of knowledge, whether lay or expert; changing means of detection and
diagnosis; the influence of worker or environmental organizations and
advocacy; different state and regulatory approaches and their impacts; and
debates and struggles over solutions, whether technological, legal or
--historical relationships between intra-workplace and wider environmental
hazards, and between the professional and legal terrains of "occupational,"
"environmental," and "public" health.
--cross-national passages in the making, recognition and remedy of
industrial hazards. These may involve multinational companies, capital,
managers, migratory workers, raw materials, experts, technologies,
scientific or other cultural practices, government or international
agencies, or labor or environmental groups.
-comparative and supra-national approaches to the history of industrial
Our deliberations will strive for a more synthetic understanding of how the
history of industrial hazards has varied across industries, nations, and
periods, and of how, when, and why hazardous processes and their associated
knowledge and remedy have (or have not) traveled from one nation or
territory to another. The conference will have a workshop format, as we plan
to move quickly to an edited publication. Accepted participants will be
expected to submit a full manuscript version of their paper a month and a
half beforehand, as a basis for conference discussions. Funds will likely be
available for accepted presenters to cover food, lodging, and travel,
national as well as international. We hope to strike an even balance between
U.S. and non-U.S. participants.
Paper proposals must include an abstract of at least five hundred words and
a curriculum vitae. The deadline for paper proposals is March 31, 2007. They
should be sent as email attachments, in Word or Wordperfect files, to
csellers at notes.cc.sunysb.edu or else as hard copies, to Christopher Sellers,
History Department, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794 USA.
Please address inquiries to Christopher Sellers, at the above email, or to
Joseph Melling at J.L.melling at exeter.ac.uk.
Stony Brook University
N301A SBS Building
Stony Brook, New York 11794-4348
Email: csellers at notes.cc.sunysb.edu
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