Call for submissions

The organizers issue an open call for scholarly papers on any and all topics related to institutions and innovation in the eighteenth and twenty-first centuries. Scholars from all fields – from the natural and social sciences to the humanities and performing arts, as well the applied fields of law, medicine, engineering, architecture, design, finance, ecology, and technology – are invited to submit a proposal. 

Possible topics include but are by no means limited to studies of 18th or 21st century institutions and innovation in:

  • The lives of inventors
  • The success or failure of specific innovations
  • Fostering/inhibiting/defining creativity
  • The infrastructure necessary for progress (e.g., governance, public policy, services, transportation, communication, banking, public safety, energy, etc.)

or topics normally associated with the study of:

  • Law and the legal system, including crime and punishment
  • the Natural Sciences
  • the Social Sciences
  • the Behavioral Sciences
  • the Humanities
  • the Fine Arts
  • the Performing Arts
  • Computer Science, digital technologies and their applications
  • Commerce
  • Investment (venture capital, student loans, philanthropy, etc)
  • Education
  • Publishing
  • Medicine
  • Architecture
  • Design
  • Engineering
  • Religion and religious practice
  • Military Science
  • Nature conservation, the environment and sustainability
  • The exploration of new territories (including space)

A prospectus of 300 to 500 words should be submitted here (email: blynerd at iit dot edu) by January 15, 2014. Panels will be announced by February 14, 2014.  Papers not accepted for panel sessions will be considered for a poster presentation.