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March 2nd, 2022

Call for Proposals SHOT 2022 Annual Meeting New Orleans, 10-13 November 2022

– Empire, Globalization, and Technological Change –

For the 2022 Annual Meeting, our Society invites participants to explore colonial and postcolonial legacies as they relate to the historical processes of globalization, imperialism, and technological change. The 2022 meeting will give us an opportunity to finally meet in New Orleans. An early and important port for global empires, this city has been sustained by global trade and maintained through intensive technological intervention. Now marked by aging technological infrastructures and complex sedimentations of racial, ethnic, gender, religious, and class difference, the setting for this conference offers an opportunity to better understand the moral and infrastructural legacies of a settler colonial past.

Building on our membership’s work from the past two years, we invite submissions from a diverse community of scholars interested in technology’s place and placement within modern, postmodern, and trans-modernist worlds. We are particularly interested in contributions that address infrastructure and environmental change. We also invite submissions that interrogate how history is used in the present to construct future imaginaries.  How does this dance between technology and time define who “we” are and who “we” hope to become? As usual, we will also accept proposals for papers, sessions, and panels in other domains of the history of technology.

In addition to our membership, we warmly invite scholars with diverse disciplinary backgrounds to join our conversations (including those from Anthropology, American Studies, Black/African-American Studies, Communication, Gender Studies, Hispanic Studies, Literary Criticism, Media Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, and Sociology).  We especially encourage scholarship in African, Asian, and Latin American Studies.

SHOT’s program practice consists of prioritizing: a) open and fully assembled session proposals over individual abstracts; b) non-traditional sessions including work-in-progress sessions, roundtables, flash-talks, unconference sessions, and interactive workshops; c) junior scholars hoping to enter into or learn from the history of technology; and d) all underrepresented scholars, whether based on race, class, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, age, neurodivergence, disability, or geographic location. Participation is generally limited to one paper presentation and two additional roles, except by invitation of the SHOT program committee and/or SHOT officers.

Individuals and groups interested in finding others to join an organized session may propose an open session that will be posted on the SHOT-website. Scholars interested in joining one of these sessions are encouraged to contact the organizers as soon as possible. The earlier an open session proposal is sent to SHOT, the earlier it will be posted on the website. Please make sure to leave sufficient time to enable interested scholars to respond, and for the organizers to prepare and submit a fully formed session proposal.

Fully formed session proposals, individual abstracts, and unconventional session proposals are due April 10th. Additional details regarding proposal submission are given below.

SHOT Program Committee
Atsushi Akera (Chair)
Jethron Akallah
Joseph November

Go to SHOT Annual Meeting New Orleans 2022 web page

Submission Guidelines

The program committee accepts proposals of these types:

Additional SHOT Program Practices

Diversity and Inclusion Statement

SHOT seeks to expand our membership base and to extend the scope of those who participate in our annual meeting. As such, those assembling organized sessions, whether based on a traditional or open session proposal, are encouraged to take a proactive stance in including individuals such as:

Those organizing session proposals are asked to submit a brief statement separate from their session description that describes the composition of their panel in a way that addresses such approaches to inclusion as described above, and the efforts that were made to create an inclusive environment for historical scholarship.

Presentation Options & Remote Access for SHOT 2022 NOLA

Unless either the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or state and local guidelines dictate otherwise, SHOT 2022 NOLA will primarily be an in-person gathering. As part of our commitment as an international academic society, we aim to make online access a regular feature of SHOT’s annual meetings, both for presenters and general conference participants. Concrete plans for remote and hybrid access during SHOT 2022 NOLA are still under discussion at the time of this call for proposals. If you have specific requirements regarding access, please include this information in your session proposal.

Go to SHOT Annual Meeting New Orleans 2022 web page




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