The Young Center at Elizabethtown College has announced a new conference on Amish Technology, to be held June 5-8, 2013.

They have also put out a call for papers, with a proposal submission deadline of October 1, 2012. From the description:

This international conference will highlight the challenges of new technology (Internet, telecommunications, production, manufacturing, household consumption, medicine, and leisure) for Amish communities in North America. Conference planners also welcome proposals from scholars and practitioners on other aspects of Amish life, as well as proposals related to non-Amish traditional groups of Anabaptist origin. Proposals for presentations as well as poster sessions are acceptable.

amish girls cell phoneThis is going to be an interesting event.

Amish operate under technological restrictions, but have proven quite innovative within those bounds.

At the same time “out of bounds” and grey-area technologies have presented new challenges which have threatened their identity and way of life.

If you have an idea for a paper, you’re encouraged to get in touch with the Young Center via Donald Kraybill.  Full details can be found here.

My all-time favorite Amish invention can be viewed here.


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