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July 17th, 2019

CHSTM Technology Working Group: Call for Proposals

As we put together next year’s schedule of papers for discussion for the Technology Working Group of the Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHSTM), we invite proposals for a paper for a session or to recommend someone else’s work.

A quick reminder about our format: we convene simultaneously online and in Philadelphia, every month during the academic year to discuss a pre-circulated paper in the field.  The number of participants varies, but we have a good core group of six to ten discussants.  We aim to make the conversation useful in helping the author develop their work for publication.

What we’re looking for in a proposal: a scholarly paper (draft article, dissertation or book chapter) on some subject related to the history of technology.  Papers presented to the group should be no more than 35 pages in length.  When the paper goes out for discussion, it should be relatively complete but not yet in press somewhere.

Proposals should include:

  1. Your contact information
  2. A description of the paper
  3. An explanation of what you would like to get out of a discussion with the group
  4. Relevant biographical information about you
  5. Please indicate the month (plus an alternative) in which you’d like to have the paper discussion.  The CHSTM calendar runs from September to May. We will make every effort to accommodate requests but please be aware that you may not get your first-choice time slot.

Please limit your proposal to no more than 1,000 words.  We will not consider proposals that conspicuously exceed the word limit.

Proposals should be submitted as Word or PDF attachments.  Please put Technology Working Group in the subject line and email the proposal to the conveners:
Arwen Mohun at mohun@udel.eduand
Jennifer Alexander at alexa056@umn.edu.

Deadline: August 1, 2019 at 11:59 pm. We plan to make our decisions by mid-August.

If you’d like to recommend someone as a paper-giver (you don’t have to know them, just their work), please e-mail Arwen Mohun.with your suggestion(s). We are also open to suggestions for a discussion of a published piece of historiographical significance.