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SHOT Annual Meeting: Open Sessions List

Open Session List

Society for the History of Technology (SHOT)
Annual Meeting – St. Louis (Missouri, USA)
11-14 October 2018

Individuals interested in finding others to join panel sessions for the Annual Meeting may propose Open Sessions, starting January 31, with a final deadline of March 15.  Open Sessions descriptions, along with organizer contact information, will appear as soon as possible on this page.  (The earlier the proposal is sent to SHOT, the earlier it will be posted to the website.)

Submitting an open session proposal

Open Sessions proposals are limited to two pages total. The first page should include a title, session organizer name, and contact information at the top, followed by a paragraph or two clearly describing the proposed session topic or theme and its significance in the broader study of the history of technology.

Submit Open Session proposals in a single PDF or Word file to the secretary’s office at [email protected]. The secretary’s office will post the proposals on the SHOT-website.

Joining a proposed panel

For individuals who want to join a proposed panel from the Open Sessions list, please contact the organizer for that panel, not the Program Committee. In order to give the session organizer sufficient time to select proposals and assemble the final panel, the deadline for submitting your paper proposal to the organizer is March 24, 2018. Open Session organizers will then assemble full panel sessions and submit them to SHOT by March 31, 2018.

(Please note: If any presenter in a session would like to be considered for the Robinson Prize, please be sure to indicate this on their abstract page AND send the SHOT secretary a separate email indicating this, at [email protected]. For Robinson Prize eligibility rules, click here.)


For more information on any of the open sessions listed below, click on the session title to access a PDF of the abstract.

To inquire about joining one of the Open Sessions listed below, please contact the session organizer by clicking on the appropriate link (you will be prompted to send an email).

Open Session Title: “Doing Pre-Industrial History of Technology”
Download the proposal
Contact the organizer:
Phillip Reid, PhD ( [email protected])

Open Session Title:  “Causes and Consequences of Adopting: The fastest forms of Transportation Technology”
Download the proposal
Contact the organizer:
Jim Cohen,The City University of N.Y.  ( [email protected])