Technology and the Making of Europe

Karen Johnson Freeze



In 2010, the Karen Johnson Freeze Fellowship Fund was established in memory of Karen Johnson Freeze (1945-2009). Within the Tensions of Europe Network, Freeze broadened the perspective and managed to include Eastern, Central, and South Eastern Europe in the work and in the network of Tensions of Europe scholars. She was responsible for the early contacts with young scholars in the region and pointed out existing preconceptions and biases, while bridging the scholarly divisions created as a result of Cold War politics. Through her efforts, the history of technology has begun to develop as a field in Central and Eastern Europe. Within the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT), she served as a very active chair of the International Outreach Committee. A full overview of her academic accomplishments can be found here.

The journal Technology & Culture published a memorial article about Karen Johnson Freeze, by colleagues and friends Ruth Oldenziel and Johan Schot.