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March 15th, 2021

Call for Proposals SHOT 2021 Annual Meeting in New Orleans (18-21 November)

The SHOT Program Committee is pleased to issue the Call for Papers and Sessions for the SHOT 2021 Annual Meeting to be held 18-21 November 2021, in New Orleans. This will be a joint meeting with the History of Science Society . The current plan is for the conference to be held in-person in New Orleans, but with support for a limited number of Hybrid Sessions (live, online streaming) and an option for Remote Presentations in light of COVID-19 as well as SHOT’s effort to expand access and promote further internationalization.

We are preserving the theme of the 2020 SHOT Annual Meeting, “Environment, Infrastructure, and Social Justice” with particular attention to the role of race and anti-Black racism in history. The Committee also invites paper and session proposals on any topic in a broadly defined history of technology, including topics that push the boundaries of the field.

SHOT is an interdisciplinary and international community of scholars. We meet to share research on the historical interaction of technology and culture across time and across the globe.  We define “technology” to include both the very new—machine learning and social media—and the very old—irrigation systems and temple architectures.  Our definition of technologist includes not just engineers, but also consumers, maintainers, and makers. We welcome scholarship that examines the role of race, class, gender, disability, and other forms of identity and difference in shaping both technology and social relationships.

SHOT is committed to diversity. In addition to intellectual quality, we warmly welcome session proposals that reflect diversity in their line-up of speakers, in particular with regard to career level, gender, ethnicity, race, and geography. The Program Committee will prioritize proposals that make a conscious effort to increase diversity, both of topics and of presenters. Therefore, SHOT seeks proposals that are diverse in terms of temporal or geographic foci, proposals that include one or more women and/or underrepresented minorities (especially BIPOC), and proposals that include speakers at different professional stages, with different institutional affiliations and/or different nationalities and geographies.

Go to the Call for Proposals

The deadline for submissions is 18 April 2021.

SHOT and its Program Committee look forward to a vigorous, enthusiastic, and intellectually stimulating annual meeting in New Orleans!

SHOT Program Committee – Joseph November (Chair), Atsushi Akera, and Yulia Frumer

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