The Samuel Eleazar and Rose Tartakow Levinson Prize is awarded each year for a single-authored, unpublished essay in the history of technology that explicitly examines, in some detail, a technology or technological device or process within the framework of social or intellectual history. It is intended for younger scholars and new entrants into the profession.
Manuscripts already published or accepted for publication are not eligible. In order to be considered, manuscripts must be in English and of a length suitable for publication as an article in Technology and Culture—approximately 7,500 words (not including notes) and 100 notes. The winning manuscript will be considered for publication in Technology and Culture.
To nominate an essay, please send it by e-mail, in MS Word or PDF format, to the SHOT office (firstname.lastname@example.org), clearly stating that this is a nomination for the Levinson prize. Please also send one paper copy to: SHOT Office, Dept. of Science, Technology, and Society, University of Virginia, PO Box 400744, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4744
The judging will be blind, so authors should avoid self-identification in the text of the article. Please put your name at the top of your e-mail and on a cover sheet to the paper copy; this information will be detached before the manuscript is forwarded to the committee.
The closing date for nominations is 15 April; all entries must be received by this deadline. The award consists of a cash award and a certificate, to be presented at the Society's annual meeting.
For more information, please contact the committee chair or Bernie Carlson, SHOT Secretary, 434.987.6230, email@example.com.
2013 Levinson Prize Committee
Scott Knowles (2013-15)
Scott Gabriel Knowles
Department of History and Politics
3141 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA, 19104 firstname.lastname@example.org
Frank Schipper, Chair (2012-2014)
Institute for History, Economic &
Johan Huizinga-building 124b
Doelensteeg 16, 2311VL Leiden
The Netherlands email@example.com
Julie Wosk (2011-2013)
Department of Humanities
State University of New York,
Dept. of Humanities
6 Pennyfield Avenue
Throggs Neck, NY 10465 JWosk@sunymaritime.edu
Previous Recipients of the Levinson Prize
Christopher S. Leslie, "as We Should Have Thought: The Intellectual Legacy of the Memex"
Finn Arne Jørgensen, "Simple Comforts: Technology, Convenience, and Simplicity in Norwegian Leisure Cabins, 1950-1980"
Christopher Beauchamp, “Who Invented the Telephone? Lawyers, Patents, and the Judgments of History”
Eric Hintz, “Portable Power: Inventor Samuel Ruben and the Birth of Duracell”
Jonathan Hagood, “Bottling Atomic Energy: Distinguishing Between Science and Technology in Perónist Argentina, 1948–1952”
Christopher W. Wells, "Inventing the Automobile: Culture, Road Conditions, and Innovation at the Dawn of the Motor Age, 1895–1907"
Matthew Adams Axtell, "In Pursuit of a Barren Scepter: The Life and Death of the James River and Kanawha Canal in Antebellum Virginia's Forsaken West, 1784-1860"
Scott Gabriel Knowles, "The One Place Where It Pays to Play with Fire? Underwriters Laboratories and the Invention of Fire Safety"
Timothy S. Wolters, "Beyond the Line: Signalling Technology and Professionalization in the Eighteenth Century Royal Navy"
Gerard Fitzgerald, "Babies, Barriers, and Bacteriological Engineers: Instrumental Technologies at LOBUND, 1930-1952"
William Boyd, "The Real Subsumption of Nature? Science, Technology, and the Industrialization of the American Chicken"
Toby Jones, "Path to peace? Britain, Technology, and Resistance in Palestine, 1929-1939"
Linda Nash, "The Changing Course of Nature"
Miranda Paton, "Seeing How to Listen"
Michael Allen, "The Golleschauer Portland Cement Factory: Modern Management, Technological Modernization, and Concentration Camp Labor in the SS Business Administration Main Office"
Greg Clancey, "The Balloon Frame Revisited: Mechanization, Mass-Production, and Prefabrication in American Building-Carpentry"
Cheenu Raman Srinivasan, "No Free Launch: Designing the Indian National Satellite"
David Jardini, "From Iron to Steel: The Recasting of the Jones and Laughlin Work Force between 1885 and 1896"
Gabrielle Hecht, "Political Designs: Nuclear Reactors and National Policy in France"
The Society for the History of Technology
C/O Department of Science, Technology & Society;
University of Virginia
PO Box 400744;
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4744
fax: 1.434.975.2190 (please indicate "For SHOT" on the cover page)