To stimulate interaction and scientific debate between scholars since 2004 TOE organizes  biannual conferences and general meetings.

8th Tensions of Europe Conference

Athens, 7-10 September 2017



The 8th Tensions of Europe Conference will have as its main theme the history of borders and technology. We invite papers studying the history of the relationship between national borders and transnational infrastructures, hidden technological linking and delinking that reinforced or challenged border delineations and demarcations, the relationship between borders and technologically-induced environmental crises and disasters, the virtualization of borders and the territories that they contain through the use of electronic and related technologies, geopolitics and technology, the redefinition of borders due to the use of technology (and vice versa), all the way from the production to the circulation and use of goods and commodities. One central aim is to cross-fertilize between disciplines and we therefore invite contributions from a wide variety of historical disciplines as well as from fields like Migration and Border Studies, Migration History, Mobility History, etc, especially in connection to borders and migrations from, to and within Europe.

Themes that fall under the general agenda of the Tensions of Europe network are very welcomed (e.g. transnational histories of technology, history of European infrastructures and networks, environment and technology, the democracy-technology relationship, conflicting interests and technology, technology and hidden integration, technology and culture, gender and technology, technology and ethnicity, technology and disability).

Tensions of Europe has a long tradition of fostering alternative meeting formats. We encourage proposals for non-traditional sessions with different formats and new ideas (e.g. round tables, agenda-building sessions, brainstorm sessions, break-out groups with assignments, poster discussion, film discussion, event-based sessions). As long as quality can be demonstrated, the program committee will not prioritize between formats. By quality we mean suggestions that promise constructive, stimulating and engaging discussion.

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Welcome to Athens in September 2017!

Aristotle Tympas (Chair of the Organizing Committee)




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TOE Summerschools:


Bordeaux (France) September 18-22, 2006: Tales of integrating and fragmenting Europe: The role of infrastructures 1850-2000
Ockenheim (Germany) July 8-13, 2007: Technologies and their environments: The circulation of materials, people and knowledge in twentieth century Europe
Chios (Greece) and Izmir (Turkey) August 27 – September 1 2007: Cold War Technology in Europe
Munich (Germany) September 8-13, 2008: Europeanization, Globalization, Americanization, Sovietization, Conceptual Tools of Framing the History of Technology in Europe
Turku (Finland) August 10-15, 2009: Oral History and Technological Memory: Challenges in Studying European Pasts
Cité de Télécoms (France) September 14-18, 2009: History of electronic images: a long term perspective