2016 Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) Annual Meeting – Singapore


Formed in 1958, SHOT is an interdisciplinary and international organization concerned not only with the history of technological devices and processes but also with technology in history, the development of technology, and its relations with society and culture –that is, the relationship of technology to politics, economics, science, the arts, and the organization of production, and with the role it plays in the differentiation of individuals in society.

Accordingly, the Program Committee invites proposals on any topic in a broadly defined history of technology, including topics that push the boundaries of the discipline. The Committee welcomes proposals for complete sessions (preferred) or individual papers from researchers at all levels, whether veterans or newcomers to SHOT’s meetings, and regardless of primary discipline. Submitters are encouraged to propose sessions that include a diverse mix of participants: multinational origins, gender, graduate students and junior scholars with senior scholars, significantly diverse institutional affiliations, etc.For tips on putting together a successful SHOT abstract, click here. For tips on giving a successful academic talk, click here.For the 2016 meeting the Program Committee welcomes proposals of the following types:

– Traditional sessions of 3 or 4 papers, with a chair and a commentator. Deadline: December 15, 2015. For more information, or to submit a traditional session proposal, click here.

– Unconventional sessions, with formats that diverge in useful ways from the typical 3 or 4 papers with comment. These might include round-table sessions and workshop-style sessions with pre-circulated papers. Deadline: December 15, 2015. For more information, or to submit an unconventional session proposal, click here.

– Open sessions: Individuals interested in finding others to join panel sessions for the Annual Meeting may propose Open Sessions to the Secretary’s office via email, starting October 15, with a final deadline of December 1. Open Sessions descriptions, along with organizer contact information, will appear as soon as possible on the SHOT website, on the Open Sessions List. (The earlier the proposal is received by the Secretary, the earlier it will be posted to the Open Sessions List.) To join a proposed panel from the Open Sessions List, contact the organizer for that panel, not the Program Committee, and not the Secretary. Open Session organizers will then assemble full panel sessions and submit them to SHOT via the traditional/unconventional sessions portal by the end of the regular call for papers on December 15, 2015. The Program Committee will review the resulting fully formed session proposals, whether traditional or unconventional, for quality and adherence to SHOT standards of gender, geographic, and institutional diversity. To submit an open session proposal to the Secretary’s office, click here (you will be prompted to send the Secretary an email, which MUST include a session title, a 500-word session description, and a contact email for the session organizer).

– In special cases, proposals for individual papers will be considered, but the Program Committee will give preference to organized sessions, either Traditional, Untraditional, or Open. Those scholars who might ordinarily propose an individual paper are instead requested to propose Open Sessions themselves or to join an Open Session that is posted between October 15 and December 1. For more information, or to submit an individual paper proposal, click here.

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About Pankaj Sekhsaria

Pankaj Sekhsaria is author of 'The Last Wave', (http://tinyurl.com/njatxm2) a novel based in the Andaman islands of India. He is also a journalist, photographer and researcher with four books, a dozen peer reviewed papers and nearly 200 newspaper and magazine articles to his credit. He is currently a doctoral candidate in Science and Technology Studies (STS) at Maastricht University Science and Technology Studies (MUSTS). His Phd research involves studying the techno-scientific practices inside nanotechnology labs in India to understand and articulate the idea of a 'culture of innovation'