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ANNUAL MEETING

SOCIETY FOR THE HISTORY OF TECHNOLOGY

26-29 OCTOBER 2017

Sheraton Society Hill Hotel

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA)

 

              
Donna Riley and Nathan Ensmenger at the SHOT Opening Plenary

With over 500 participants, a variety of inspiring sessions, round table discussions, presidential panels, special events, SIG events and interesting tours, the annual meeting in Philadelphia was a success. We are looking forward to see you again next year! We will then meet in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), 10-14 October, 2018.

Philadelphia was an appropriate location for the SHOT Annual Meeting 2017. The region is home to an active community of historians of science, technology and medicine. It offers a vibrant cultural and intellectual life as well as outstanding museums, galleries, theaters and restaurants. Philadelphians called their city “the workshop of the world” in the nineteenth century, a legacy to which scores of historical industrial sites attest. The city also houses some of the New World’s oldest learned institutions, such as the American Philosophical Society and the University of Pennsylvania. These institutions, and others established later in the area, have collected books, manuscripts and other historical artifacts since the eighteenth century, and their collections now span most of the world and reach back to the thirteenth century.

2017 Program

You can download the program (version 26 October) here.

 

Annual Meeting News

OCTOBER 28, 2017 AWARDS ANNOUNCED

At the Awards Banquet at the Chemical Heritage Foundation SHOT-President John Krige and former SHOT-President Francesca Bray announced the various awards. You can download the Awards Booklet here.

SEPTEMBER 21, NEW SIG MEETING ADDED

SMiTInG, the Military Technology Interest Group will be holding a Sunday lunchtime meeting at 2nd Story Brewing Company, 117 Chestnut St. The group will leave from the main lobby of the hotel, gathering 12o cloc. No agenda, just conversation. Please contact Hacker, Bart [Hacke[email protected]], for reservations sake.

SEPTEMBER 15, NEW TOUR ADDED:  FAIRMOUNT WATER WORKS

Tour Philadelphia’s 19th-century municipal waterworks on the bank of the Schuylkill River. Operational from 1812 to 1909, the Fairmount Water Works became a National Historic Landmark for its Classical Revival architectural design and for its innovative engineering, including using steam engines, waterwheels, and then turbines to pump water up the hill on which the Philadelphia Museum of Art currently sits for gravity distribution across the city.

When: Friday, 27 October 14.00-15.30 pm
Expenses: $10 (transport not included)

The tour can be found on the online registration form. In case you have already registered but still would like to join, please send a mail to SHOT secretariat.

TRAVEL GRANTS (SUBMISSION DEADLINE PASSED)

The Society for the History of Technology normally awards some grants to support travel to its annual meeting. The SHOT Travel Fund is focused on graduate students, independent scholars, and young professionals just beginning their careers, as well as SHOT International Scholars. Eligible members residing outside the US, Canada, and Western Europe are especially encouraged to apply. For US applicants also NSF travel grants are available. More information on SHOT travel grants can be found here.

WOMEN IN TECHNOLOGICAL HISTORY (WITH) CONFERENCE GRANT 2017 (SUBMISSION DEADLINE PASSED)

The Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) Special Interest Group (SIG) for Women in Technological History (WITH) announces its conference grant for 2017. Designed to defray some costs associated with attending the SHOT conference (such as lodging, meals, and other incidental expenses), the grant is open to individuals giving a paper at the 2017 annual meeting in Philadelphia. The reviewing committee prioritizes scholars whose presentations address women, gender, race, ethnicity, and/or difference in the history of technology. Women, minorities, international scholars, and those who are new to SHOT, are particularly encouraged to apply. The application deadline for the WITH Travel Award is August 15th, 2017. More information can be found here.

EXPLORING DIVERSITY IN TECHNOLOGY’S HISTORY (EDITH) TRAVEL SUPPORT AWARDS – 2017 (SUBMISSION DEADLINE PASSED)

The Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) Special Interest Group for Exploring Diversity in Technological History (EDITH) announces its conference grant program for 2017. The EDITH grants are designed to defray some costs associated with participating in the SHOT annual meeting, such as lodging, meals, and other incidental expenses. Eligibility is open to individuals giving a paper at the 2017 SHOT annual meeting in Philadelphia. The application deadline is August 15, 2017 (decisions by Sept 15). More information can be found here.