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    *Deadline 7/15 for Papers for Conference on Nanotechnology and 
Literature*
Message: 	The University of Massachusetts Lowell/CHN Interdisciplinary 
Conference on Nanotechnology, Literature, and Society
December 6-7, 2007
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Proposal deadline: July 15, 2007

"Nanotechnology is an intersection," Ted Sargent writes in The Dance of 
Molecules: How Nanotechnology Is Changing Our Lives (2006): it is "a 
confluence at the heart of contemporary science. . . . Nanotechnology 
produces convergent thinking when representatives of various mind-sets 
meet, learn one another's languages, and gather the ideas that result 
when paradigms collide." 

The purpose of this interdisciplinary conference, sponsored by the UMass 
Lowell NanomanufacturingCenter of Excellence together with the 
UML/University of New Hampshire/Northeastern University Center for 
High-rate Nanomanufacturing, is to gather workers in the humanities, 
social sciences, and hard sciences to reflect on technological, 
cultural, literary, ethical, and social aspects of nanotechnology, the 
burgeoning science of atomic- and molecular-scale engineering and 
manufacture.  In an effort to promote a productive collision of 
disciplinary paradigms across the two (or three) cultures, the 
conference organizers welcome presentations from humanists, scientists, 
and social scientists.

Papers may address any aspect of nanotechnology, and in order to 
facilitate energetic exchange, panelists are encouraged to present in 
language that will engage the attention of a disciplinarily diverse 
audience.

In conjunction with the conference, the University of Massachusetts 
Lowell Theatre Production Workshop will stage a performance of Bertolt 
Brecht's classic drama of scientific responsibility, Galileo.

Please direct inquiries and submit 300-word proposal and brief 
biographical note via MSWord attachment to [log in to unmask] by July 
15, 2007, and indicate "Nano conference" in the subject line.

Todd Avery
Associate Professor
Department of English
University of Massachusetts Lowell
61 Wilder Street
Lowell, MA 01854
Office Telephone: (978) 934-4184