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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