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International Scholars Program

Each year the Society for the History of Technology designates up to four International Scholars for a two-year term. The International Scholars program is administered by the Internationalization Committee.

Background and Mission

In 1992 the Society for the History of Technology inaugurated the International Scholars program with these goals:

  1. Foster a stronger international community for the study of the history of technology
  2. Strengthen the society’s role as an international society for the history of technology
  3. Identify and help non-U.S. historians of technology participate in the meetings and governance of the Society
  4. Provide formal recognition for the work of non-U.S. historians of technology so that their respective governments and national academic communities might provide greater support for their society-related activities
  5. Afford special recognition for younger, non-U.S. scholars as they begin their careers in the history of technology
  6. Foster an international network of scholars in the history of technology that will benefit all members of the society

Western New World or Hemisphere, by William Faden, [1786].

Western New World or Hemisphere, by William Faden, [1786]. Source: Library of Congress.

Nowadays the mandate of the Internationalization Committee is slightly different. More attention is given to scholars from countries outside the U.S. and Western Europe, not only to foster their individual careers but also to support local networks and activities for and by scholars working on the history of technology. International Scholars shall act as ambassadors for the Society in their countries and regions, both by informing the Society about the state and developments of the history of technology in their regions, and by helping to disseminate information about the Society and its activities.

 Eligibility and Selection Process

To become a SHOT International Scholar, you must reside and work in underrepresented countries at the time of selection. Graduate students, post-docs, and visiting scholars who are living and working in the United States or Western Europe are not eligible to become International Scholars; however, they are eligible to apply once they return to their home countries. Of these potential candidates, anyone at any rank, from graduate student up through senior scholar, is eligible to become an International Scholar.

Individuals may be nominated as International Scholars by any member of the Society, and we also encourage self-nomination. To nominate yourself or someone else as an International Scholar, please send a letter and a brief curriculum vitae to EACH member of the Internationalization Committee (see list of current committee members further down this page) and to SHOT secretary Jan Korsten at [email protected]. In the letter, please:

At the beginning of each year a call will be sent out to recruit new International Scholars. The extended deadline for next year’s nominations is 15 November 2020. In consultation with the President and Secretary, and in accordance with criteria established by the Executive Committee, SHOT’s Internationalization Committee shall be responsible for the selection of the International Scholars, with the selection to be approved by SHOT’s Executive Council.

Benefits and Support

International Scholars shall receive regular SHOT membership at no cost during their two-year term. At each annual meeting, SHOT will host a special gathering to welcome current International Scholars, introduce them to SHOT officers, and discuss with them SHOT’s international outreach and the international intellectual dimensions of our field.

International Scholars will participate in an email discussion list of all current International Scholars and the Internationalization Committee. Through the list International Scholars can seek support in writing paper abstracts for SHOT’s annual meeting and other activities in their task as ambassadors for the Society.


Steering Compass and Binnacle from the ship Balclutha, San Francisco, n.d.

Steering Compass and Binnacle from the ship Balclutha, San Francisco, n.d. Source: Library of Congress.

As a condition of appointment, SHOT requires International Scholars to submit at least one paper proposal for SHOT’s annual meeting during their two-year term. While paper proposals from International Scholars will not automatically be accepted for the annual meeting, SHOT encourages the program committee to give these proposals special consideration.

SHOT also requires International Scholars to submit a travel grant application for each of the two SHOT annual meetings during the two years of their appointment. International Scholars receive highest priority for SHOT funding. Travel grant funds will help pay for travel expenses for International Scholars to attend the annual meeting and for basic conference registration, although not for lodging. For more information, please see the SHOT Travel Grant information page.

To inform the SHOT community about the state and developments of the history of technology in their regions, progress in disseminating information about the Society and stimulating scholarly activities in the history of technology, International Scholars commit themselves to at least one publication in the SHOT Newsletter or on the SHOT website.

For more information on current and former International scholars, see Current and Previous International Scholars (below).

2020 Internationalization Committee

Yao Dazhi, Chair (2019-2021)
Institute for the History of Natural Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences
[email protected]
Tae-Ho Kim (2018-2020)
Hanyang University
South Korea
[email protected]
Édison Renata Pereira da Silva (2018-2020)
Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
[email protected]

For more information, please contact the committee chair or Jan Korsten, SHOT Secretary, [email protected].

Current International Scholars

2020-2021 Mónica Humeres (Chile)
[email protected]
Patrick Mansujeto (Philippines)
Philippine State College of Aeronautics
[email protected]
Hsien-chun Wang (Taiwan)
Institute of History, National Tsing Hua University
[email protected]
2019-2020 Jethron Ayumbah Akallah (Kenya)
Department of History and Archeology
Maseno University
Maseno, Kenya
[email protected]
Liang Yao (China)
Institute of Science, Technology, and Society
Tsinghua University Beijing
Beijing, China
[email protected]&lt
Timpoko Hélène Kiénon-Kaboré (Côte d’Ivoire)
Université Félix Houphouet-Boigny
Abidjan, Beijing, Côte d’Ivoire
[email protected]
2018-2019 Alistair Kwan (New Zealand)
Center for Learning & Research in Higher Education
University of Auckland
Auckland, New Zealand
[email protected]
Waqar Zaidi (Pakistan)
Chargé de Cours
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
Lahore University of Management Science (LUMS)
Lahore, Pakistan
[email protected]lums.edu.pk

Previous International Scholars

2017-2018 Nurçin Ílery (Turkey)
Coordinator, Archive and Documentation Center,
Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey
[email protected]
François Wassouni (Cameroun)
Chargé de Cours
Faculté des Lettres et des Sciences Humaines Université de Maroua, Cameroun
[email protected]
Zhihui Zhang (China)
Associate Professor of History
Institute for the History of Natural Science, Chinese Academy of Science Beijing, PRC
[email protected]
2016-2017 Yang Haiyan (China)
Por Heong Hong (Malaysia)
Suvobrata Sarkar (India)
2015-2016 Claudio Gutierrez (Chile)
Jung Lee (Korea)
Hikari Mizusawa (Japan)
Aparajith Ramnath (India)
2014-2015 Marta Macedo (Portugal)
John B Lourdusamy
Édison Renato Pereira da Silva
2013-2014 Natalia Nikiforova (Russia)
Shi Xiaolei (China)
2012-2013 Ruth Morgan (Australia)
Kenzo Okuda (Japan)
Vijaya Singh (India)
Ramya Swayamprakash (India)
2011-2012 Alexandra Bekasova (Russia)
David Lavenda (Israel)
Chuan-Hui Mau (Taiwan)
Qin Zhu (China)
2010-2011 Ivaylo Hristov (Netherlands)
Jíra Janá (Netherlands)
Simeon Maravanyika (Zimbabwe)
Marina Miraglia (Argentina)
2009-2010 Manyong Moon (South Korea)
Dong Lili (China)
Francisco Platas Lopez (Mexico)
Yasushi Sato (Japan)
2008-2009 Katya Girschik (Switzerland)
Seong-Jun Kim (Korea)
Hugo Palmarola (Chile)
Srinivasa Rao (India)
2007-2008 Stathis Arapostathis (UK/Greece)
Diana Covell (Australia)
Richard Escalante (Trinidad)
Dagmara Jajesniak-Quast (Germany)
Slawomir Lotysz (Poland)
Germuska Pál (Hungary)
2005-2007 Irene Anastasiadou (Greece and the Netherlands)
Keith Breckenridge (South Africa)
Cyrille Foasso (France)
Finn Arne Jørgensen (Norway)
Patrick Kammerer (Switzerland)
Tae-Ho Kim (South Korea)
Vincent Lagendijk (Netherlands)
Frank Schipper (Netherlands)
2004-2005 Kenji Ito (Japan)
C. H. Tzeng (Taiwan)
Antonio Zappia (Argentina)
2003-2004 Henrik Bjork (Sweden)
Andrea Gaynor (Australia)
Andre Grelon (France)
Hocine Khelfaoui (Algeria)
Nikolai Krementsov (Russia)
2002-2003 Daniel Alexandrov (Russia)
Thomas Brandt (Norway)
Serge Chassagne (France)
Amy Fletcher (New Zealand)
Mats Fridlund (Sweden)
Lilliane Hillaire-Perez (France)
Prakash Kumar (India)
Pap Ndiaye (France)
Papil Raj (France)
Ana Paula Silva (Portugal)
Gabriel Vial (France)
1998-1999 Reinhold Bauer (Germany)
John Krige (France)
Leonid Kryzhanovsky (Russia)
Ben Marsden (U.K.)
Lars Olsson (Sweden)
Michelangelo Vasta (Italy)
Jua Jueming (China)
1997-1998 Antonio Botelho (Brazil)
Delphine Gardey (France)
Barbara Orland (Germany)
Yuzo Takahashi (Japan)
Karin Zachman (Germany)
1995-1996 Yves Cohen (France)
Irena Gouzevitch (France)
Matthias Heyman (Germany)
Dominique Larroque (France)
Helmut Maier (Germany)
Miwao Matsumoto (Japan)
Ruth Oldenziel (Netherlands)
Ravi Rajan (India)
Jerzy Szczepanski (Poland)
Hans Weinberger (Sweden)
1994-1995 Anne Krstine Borresen (Norway)
Patrice A. Carre (France)
Colin Divall (U.K.)
Pierre Mounier-Kuhn (France)
Agusti Nieto-Galan (Spain)
Emma Ynes Riso (Mexico)
Helmuth Trischler (Germany)
Amitabha Ghosh (India)
Marc L.J. Dierikx (Netherlands)
Diana Obregon (Colombia)
1993-1994 Joel Broustail (France)
Hans-Lieudger Dienel (Germany)
Paul Erker (Germany)
Mikael Hård (Sweden)
Takehito Hashimoto (Japan)
Timo Myllyntaus (Finland)
Per Ostby (Norway)
Eva Vamos (Hungary)
Judith Wacjman (Australia)
1992-1993 Sandra Jatahy Pesavento (Brazil)
Anna Guagnini (Italy and the U.K.)
Klaus Plitzner (Austria)