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Open Session List

Society for the History of Technology (SHOT)
Annual Meeting - Philadelphia (Pennsylvania, USA)
26-29 October 2017

Individuals interested in finding others to join panel sessions for the Annual Meeting may propose Open Sessions, starting January  20, with a final deadline of March 15.  Open Sessions descriptions, along with organizer contact information, will appear as soon as possible on this page.  (The earlier the proposal, the earlier it will be posted to the website.) 

Submitting an open session proposal

Open Sessions proposals are limited to two pages total. The first page should include a title, session organizer name, and contact information at the top, followed by a paragraph or two clearly describing the proposed session topic or theme and its significance in the broader study of the history of technology. 

Submit Open Session proposals in a single PDF or Word file to the secretary’s office (SHOT.Secretariaat@tue.nl). The secretary’s office will post the proposals on the SHOT-website.

Joining  a proposed panel

To join a proposed panel from the Open Sessions list, contact the organizer for that panel, not the Program Committee.  Open Session organizers will then assemble full panel sessions and submit them to SHOT by the end of the regular call for papers on March 31, 2017. 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.

(Pease note: If any presenter in a session would like to be considered for the Robinson Prize, please be sure to indicate this on their abstract page AND send the SHOT secretary a separate email indicating this, at SHOT.Secretariaat@tue.nl. For Robinson Prize eligibility rules, click here.)

 

OPEN SESSION PROPOSALS SHOT ANNUAL MEETING PHILADELPHIA

For more information on any of the open sessions listed below, click on the session title to access a PDF of the abstract.

To inquire about joining one of the Open Sessions listed below, please contact the session organizer by clicking on the appropriate link (you will be prompted to send an email).

 

Open Session Title: Time out of Joint: Reflections from the Chronological and Methodological Extremes of the History of Technology

Download the proposal here.

Contact the organizers:

Kathryn de Luna, Georgetown University (deLuna@georgetown.edu)   

Cyrus Mody, Maastricht University (c.mody@maastrichtuniversity.nl)   

 

Open Session Title: Hotspots of Turmoil. Mass Media, Technology and Democracy

Download the proposal here.

Contact the organizers:

Sonja Neumann, Deutsches Museum (s.neumann@deutsches-museum.de)

 

Open Session Title: The Republic of Plants: plant agency in the movement of cropscapes

Download the proposal here.

Contact the organizers:

Organizers: Tiago Saraiva, John Lourdusamy, Barbara Hahn and Francesca Bray

Corresponding organizer: Tiago Saraiva, (tfs37@drexel.edu)

 

Open Session Title: Work and Use in the pre-Industrial Textile Industry

Download the proposal here.

Contact the organizers:

Organizers: Daryl M. Hafter and Sarah Lowengard

Corresponding organizer: Sarah Lowengard (sarahl@panix.com)

 

Open Session Title: City of Brotherly Technology: Philadelphia’s Role in the Birth and Early Development of Barrier-Breaking Inventions

Download the proposal here.

Contact the Organizers:

John Laurence Busch, Ronin Institute (john.laurence.busch@ronininstitute.org)

 

Open Session Title: Where Is the Sex in the History of Technology?

Download the proposal here.

Contact the organizers:

Organizers: Donna J. Drucker (Technische Universität Darmstadt) and Hallie Lieberman (University of Wisconsin, Madison/Max Planck Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte)

Corresponding organizer: Donna J. Drucker (ddrucker@spz.tu-darmstadt.de)

 

Open Session Title: Energy in History – Rethinking Time, Place, and Agency

Download the proposal here.

Contact the organizers:

John K. (Jack) Brown, University of Virginia (jackbrown@virginia.edu) [this session is full, the organizers are not accepting new entries any more]

 

Open Session Title: “Engineers and Democracy”

Download the proposal here.

Contact the organizers:

Andrew Butrica, independent scholar (abutrica@earthlink.net)

 

Open Session Title: Engineering Evolving: Stretching Boundaries in the History of Engineering

Download the proposal here.

Contact the organizers:

Amy Bix, Iowa State University (abix@iastate.edu)

Atsushi Akera, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (akeraa@rpi.edu)

Jeff Schramm, Missouri University of Science and Technology (schrammj@mst.edu)

 

Open Session Title: Technologies of Consumption

Download the proposal here.

Contact the Organizers:

Jesse Smith, University of Pennsylvania (jessesmi@sas.upenn.edu)

 

Open Session Title: The History of Artificial Intelligence and its Discontents

Download the proposal.

Contact the Organizers:

Colin Garvey, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (garvec@rpi.edu)

Lindsay Poirier, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (poiril@rpi.edu)

 

Open Session Title: Energy Transitions, Technology, and Empire

Download the proposal.

Contact the Organizers:

Nathan Kapoor, University of Oklahoma (nnkapoor42@ou.edu)

 

Open Session Title: Reconstructivist History of Technology: Historical Research for Future Steering

Download the proposal.

Contact the Organizers:

Michael Bouchey, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (bouchm4@rpi.edu)

Colin Garvey, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (garvec@rpi.edu)

 

Open Session Title: “The Changing Realities of Democracy, Politics, and Communication Technologies”

Download the proposal here.

Contact the organizers:

Jonathan Coopersmith, Texas A&M University (j-coopersmith@tamu.edu)

 

Open Session Title: Constructing New Synthetic/Macro-Histories of Technology

Download the proposal here.

Contact the organizers:

Kathleen Ochs, Colorado School of Mines (k_h_ochs@mac.com)

 

Open Session Title: Historicizing the Visual

Download the proposal here.

Contact the organizers:

Joel Beatty, Michigan Technological University (jsbeatty@mtu.edu)

Stefka Hristova, Michigan Technological University (shristov@mtu.edu)

 

Open Session Title: Transnational cooperation in a time of international competition – technological systems crossing borders during the Cold War

Download the proposal here.

Contact the organizers:

Johan Gärdebo, KTH (johan.gardebo@abe.kth.se)

Saara Matala, Aalto University (saara.matala@aalto.fi)

 

Open Session Title: Tracing Tracks. Monitoring Flows in Logistics Environments

Download the proposal here.

Contact the organizers:

Felix Mauch, Technical University Munich (felix.mauch@tum.de)

Nils Hanwahr, Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Munich (nils.hanwahr09@alumni.imperial.ac.uk)

 

Open Session Title:  Natural Resources, Technology, and Politics in the Twentieth Century

Download the proposal here.

Contact the organizers:

Hanna Vikström, KTH Royal Institute of Technology (hanna.vikstrom@abe.kth.se)

Karl Bruno, KTH, Royal Institute of Technology, (kbruno@kth.se)

 

Open Session Title: Technological Utopianism in the Twenty-first Century

Download the proposal here.

Contact the organizers:

Paul Josephson, Colby College (prjoseph@colby.edu)

 

Open Session Title: Productivity and the American Dream Abroad

Download the proposal here.

Contact the organizers:

Corinna Schlombs, Rochester Institute of Technology (cxsgla@rit.edu)

Elizabeth Van Meer, College of Charleston (vanmeerb@cofc.edu)

 

Open Session Title: “Hidden Figures” in the History of Technology: Inclusive Research Methodologies & Innovative Representational Technologies

Download the proposal here.

Contact the organizers:

Fallon Samuels Aidoo, Northeastern University, (f.aidoo@neu.edu)

 

Open Session Title: Safety Tested. (Dis)Proving Technical Safety in History

Download the proposal here.

Contact the organizers:

Stefan Esselborn, Technische Universität München (Stefan.Esselborn@tum.de)

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