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Call for Participation in SHOT's
Three Minute Dissertation Video Contest


Want to spread the word about your research to a broader audience? SHOT is pleased to announce its first ever three minute video contest for PhD students and recent graduates whose dissertation engages with the history of technology. We welcome participants from the history of science, technology or medicine, STS, media studies, material culture studies or any other area in which understanding technology from a historical perspective matters.

The contest invites you to "pitch" your dissertation topic in a three minute video. A panel of judges will choose the contestant who best explains the substance of the dissertation in an accessible and entertaining way. The winner will receive, airfare, registration, accommodations, and a banquet ticket for a SHOT conference of their choice. The ten best films will be published on the SHOT website and all films will be accessible on SHOT's Vimeo channel.

The film should be directed at an educated general public, and cannot be longer than three minutes. Any language is welcome, but if the film has narration and is not in English we request English subtitles or some other aid to communication. We encourage creativity. Participants are welcome to add for example music, illustrations or animation. Please see our resources page for more information about copyright and fair use.

This is a great opportunity to let people know what you are working on!

Guidelines for entering the contest:

  • Deadline for submission: 1 August 2014
  • Eligibility: Graduate students and young scholars in any field whose work explores technology from a historical perspective (Participants must have received their PhD no earlier than 2012)
  • Submission: Upload your videos to Vimeo and send the link, your name, email address, and permission for us to use your video on the Vimeo channel and the SHOT website, to no later than 1 August 2014. We will post all entries on a dedicated SHOT Vimeo channel once all submissions are in.

Our panel of judges:
Anna Aberg
Tae-ho Kim
Meg Rosenburg
Jeff Schramm
Pete Soppelsa

Do you feel a bit daunted by the thought of making a film? Here are some helpful tips and resources.

Editor-in-Chief: Suzanne Moon, University of Oklahoma
Associate Editor: Marionne Cronin, University of Aberdeen
Contributing Editors: Gerardo Con Diaz, Yale University; Jenna Healey, Yale University
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