Opening Plenary by

Bruno Latour
Professor Latour is the head of Sciences Po medialab and has written extensively on science and technology. Most of his papers and all references may be found on his website

Keynote Address by

Ruth Schwartz Cowan

Ruth Schwartz Cowan is a historian of science, technology and medicine, with degrees from Barnard College (BA), University of California at Berkeley (MA) and Johns Hopkins University (PhD). Professor Cowan is the author of five books and numerous articles. Her books are: Heredity and Hope: The Case for Genetic Screening (Harvard University Press, 2008); The Social History of American Technology (New York: Oxford University Press, 1997); (with Neil M. Cowan) Our Parents' Lives: The Americanization of Eastern European Jews (New York: Basic Books, 1989) [revised second edition published as Our Parent's Lives: Everyday Life and Jewish Assimilation (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1996)]; Sir Francis Galton and the Study of Heredity in the Nineteenth Century (New York: Garland Press, 1985); and More Work for Mother: The Ironies of Household Technology from the Open Hearth to the Microwave (New York: Basic Books, 1983). With Daniel J Kevles and Peter Westwick she has recently begun a commissioned sesquicentennial history of the National Academy of Sciences. Currently, she is also working on a revision (for 2016) of her textbook, A Social History of American Technology.

Presidential Address by

Francesca Bray

Francesca Bray is a historian of science, technology and medicine in China and East Asia, with a special interest in gender perspectives. Her first book was the volume on agriculture in Joseph Needham's Science and Civilisation in China (1984). Other books include The Rice Economies: Technology and Development in Asian Societies (1986); Technology and Gender: Fabrics of Power in Late Imperial China (1997); Graphics and Text in the Production of Technical Knowledge in China: The Warp and the Weft (2007); Technology, Gender and History in Imperial China: Great Transformations Reconsidered (2013), and Rice: Global Networks and New Histories (2015). Dr Bray has worked at Cambridge, Paris, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Manchester and now holds the Chair of Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh. She is a consulting editor for Technology & Culture, an associate editor of East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal, and President of the Society for the History of Technology, 2015-16.

Presidential Panels

Day 3, 24 June 2016, 10.00 - 12.00, Session Block 4

#37 - Rethinking Society for the 21st Century: Developing a History of Technology Perspective for the International Panel on Social Progress, Presidential Roundtable invited by Francesca Bray. Click here for session abstract.

Day 3, 24 June 2016, 13.30 - 15.00, Session Block 5

#46 - Why Feminist Perspectives on Technology Still Matter - A Global Conversation

Day 4, 25 June 2016, 10.00 - 12.00, Session Block 7

#75 - Phenomenotechnologies: Individual Perception, Collective Experience, and the History of Technology

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