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January 25th, 2016

Prometheans/WITH Workshop – SHOT 2016 Singapore

Call for Papers for a Prometheans/WITH Joint Workshop, to be held on the Sunday of the Singapore SHOT Annual Meeting, June  26, 2016 – deadline for proposals, February 22 2016

Two SHOT Special Interest Groups (SIGs) – WITH and the Prometheans – invite people to submit abstracts for possible presentations at a joint SIG workshop on Gender, Geographies, Engineering and Technical Work, to be held Sunday afternoon, June 26, 2016 in Singapore. The theme is: “Who Claims Technical Knowledge?: Gender, Geographies, Engineering, and Technical Work.” The organizers and contact people are Amy Bix (Iowa State University, abix@iastate.edu) and Ann Johnson (Cornell University, aj532@cornell.edu)

On Sunday afternoon, June 26, 2016, as part of SHOT’s annual meeting in Singapore, two SHOT Special Interest Groups, WITH and the Prometheans, plan to hold a unique joint workshop to focus on gender as a dimension in the history and culture of engineering and technical work, across different periods and geographic locations. WITH (Women In Technological History) is the SHOT SIG that seeks to promote gender analysis within history of technology; Prometheans are the SIG interested in historical studies of engineering and its professional communities.

Across history, different societies have adopted varying frameworks for masculinity, femininity, gender, and work. From pre-industrial societies in Asia, Europe, or elsewhere, through modernization, to today’s high-tech globalized economy, gender has always remained a factor in engineering, in the production of goods and services, in performance of household tasks, and in the structure of business, government, and society. While formal rules of employment and unwritten norms might seek to determine who could or could not claim different types of technical knowledge, men and women often stretched, challenged, or changed such codes.

For this workshop, we seek research papers that explore connections between gender/women’s studies and the history of technology and engineering, all broadly defined. We invite proposals in areas including (but not limited to):

* Studies of gender and engineering in different times and places; histories of women engineers, of masculinity/femininity and engineering culture, etc.;

* Studies of gender, the technical professions, and technical work in different times and places- women, men, and employment in various industries and businesses;

* Studies of gender and technical knowledge – how information, expertise, and education have been linked to masculinity, femininity, or gender across different times and places;

* Links from gender analysis to broader discussions of diversity, engineering, and technical knowledge, across different times and places;

* Studies of gender and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education at all levels and in all aspects, including educational structure, teaching, pedagogy, student experience, identity formation, etc.;

To propose a paper to be considered for this workshop, please send a one-page abstract (in .pdf format – maximum 500 words), plus a one-page short CV (in .pdf format) with current contact information, to both Amy Bix (abix@iastate.edu) and Ann Johnson (aj532@cornell.edu).  The deadline for submission is February 22, 2016. Proposals will be evaluated for inclusion based on quality of scholarship, clarity, and relevance to workshop themes.  People are welcome to propose a paper for the joint Prometheans/WITH Singapore session, even if they have also already submitted a proposal for a different paper for the main SHOT program, and will be allowed to present both if accepted.