A visit to Cleveland for SHOT 2011 means returning to the Society’s roots. SHOT was founded by Mel Kranzberg in 1958 when he was a faculty member at what was then Case Institute of Technology and now Case Western Reserve University, our local host. Now, fifty-three years later, SHOT is a lively, dynamic, international organization. To reflect on and help celebrate the evolution of the Society, Atsushi Akera has organized a special session for Saturday morning, 5 November on Kranzberg, Case Western, and the founding of our field.
As always, the SHOT annual meeting is an opportunity to meet and learn and play with a group of friendly and outgoing scholars. People know that attending a SHOT meeting is a chance to simultaneously catch up on the latest scholarship and have some fun. Toward that end, Case Western has organized great tours—including a visit to a steel mill, the West Side Market, and the Dittrick Medical Museum. Less serious, but still entertaining, there will be the annual silent auction of unusual items brought from near and far. There are also tentative plans to have a wine-tasting on Saturday evening that will be as enjoyable as the one at last year’s meeting in Tacoma.
Get full information about SHOT 2011 through the links to the left.
Another Great Reason to Come to Cleveland
For the first time in fifteen years, the SHOT annual meeting will be co-located with those of the History of Science Society and the Society for the Social Studies of Science. To facilitate interaction with colleagues in the other societies, there will be a three-society plenary and reception Thursday night and a larger-than-usual joint book exhibit at the Renaissance Hotel where HSS is meeting. In addition, there are co-sponsored sessions with HSS. Your SHOT badge will allow you to attend sessions at the other meetings. A limited number of HSS and 4S program guides will be available at the SHOT registration desk; if you wish to have either a HSS or 4S program reserved for you, please check off the appropriate box on the registration form. Therefore, in addition to reviewing the SHOT program, you may want to check out the preliminary programs at the HSS and 4S Websites.
For HSS at the Renaissance, walk southwest across the Public Square and for 4S, you need only walk three blocks east on West St. Clair Street (See a PDF map of downtown Cleveland with these locations identified). The three societies are also providing a shuttle bus on Friday and Saturday that we expect will travel in a loop around the three hotels. Keep in mind that while HSS is on a schedule similar to SHOT, the 4S conference kicks off on Wednesday, 2 November, has sessions all day Thursday, and ends on Saturday night.
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)