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Updated 2 April  2024
It is not possible anymore to nominate essays for the 2024 Race and Histories of Technologies Prize. The submission deadline has passed.

Race and Histories of Technologies Prize

The Race and Histories of Technology Prize was established in 2022. This annual prize, awarded by the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT), recognizes outstanding scholarship that explicitly explores the multiple intersections and junctures between race/ethnicity and the history of technology. The prize is part of a collective commitment for addressing systemic and epistemic racism at SHOT and in the global intellectual field it represents. The prize is intended for junior scholars and new entrants to the profession worldwide.

The prize will be awarded for a single-authored, unpublished essay in any language that is of a length suitable for publication in Technology and Culture (T&C)– approximately 7,500 words (not including notes) and 100 notes. Candidates should submit with the manuscript, an one-page summary of the manuscript in English, which clearly outlines its key argument, its historiographic significance for the study of race and technology, and the sources and documentation upon which the argument is based.

The prize will consist of an award of $300, a certificate, and payment of the recipient’s economy-class airfare, accommodation, and registration expenses (up to $1700, against receipts) for the SHOT Annual meeting. The recipient will also receive mentorship to help develop the essay for publication in T&C, including assistance with translation if needed. The award will be presented at the Society’s annual meeting.

For any inquiries or remarks please contact [email protected]

Race and Histories of Technologies Prize Committee 2024

Gabrielle Hecht, Chair
Charnell Chasten Long
Kelcey Gibbons
Jason Ludwig
Sonja D. Schmid

Recipients SHOT-REDI Race and Histories of Technologies Prize

Kelcey Gibbons (left), recipient of the 2023 Race and Histories of Technologies Prize, and SHOT President Gabrielle Hecht in Los Angeles. (Photo SHOT)


Kelcey Gibbons,  Massachusetts Institute of Technology: “Making Technology Black: James C. W. Pennington, Martin R. Delany, and the Nineteenth Century Effort to Imagine a Black Future by Reframing the Past.”


Diana Madril, Arizona State University: “Arizona’s Gila & Salt River Water Diversion and the Increased Gap Discrepancies in Agricultural Communities”.