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24-27 October 2019

Milan, Italy

The SHOT 2019 Annual Meeting is organized in collaboration with:

Visit the museum website here.

Conference Program

23 July 2019

An overview of the general conference program (version 15 August 2019) can be found here.

A preliminary overview of all sessions (version 15 August 2019) can be found here.

Explore Milan, the Museum of Science and Technology or the wider region by joining one of the walking tours, the guided museum tours, or one of the two tours on Sunday. You can find more information on the tour program here.


Go to the online registration form.

In order to register for the SHOT Annual Meeting in Milan please click the link above and fill out the online registration form. After you completed the form you will be requested to pay. You can pay by credit card and PayPal. Please note that you don’t have to open a PayPal account in order to pay by credit card. In case you experience any problems during the registration process please contact the SHOT Secretariat at [email protected].

Travel Grants

All information on SHOT travel grants, SHOT-NSF travel grants, WITH Conference Grants, and EDITH Conference Support Awards can be found here.

Conference venues

The main venue of the SHOT Annual Meeting is:

Conference Center Palazzo delle Stelline
Corso Magenta 61
Milan (Italy)

The nearest Metro/Train Station is Cadorna (Green and Red Lines)
Relevant tourist information: The conference center is just a step away from the Santa Maria delle Grazie Church and the Cenacolo with Leonardo’s “Last Supper”

The social events will take place in:

Museo Nazionale Scienza e Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci
Via San Vittore 21
Milan (Italy)

The nearest Metro Station is S. Ambrogio (Green Line).
Walking time between the conference center and the museum is 5 minutes.


Update 7 August

Main Hotel SHOT Annual Meeting

Hotel Palazzo Delle Stelline
Corso Magenta 61
20123 Milan (Italy)

This 3 star hotel is part of the 15th century complex of the Palazzo delle Stelline. The conference center is also housed in this historical cloister complex. Please note that although they share the building,  the hotel and the conference center are two separate companies.

Room prices

Room prices include breakfast and VAT. City tax (Euro 4 per night) is not included.

Rooms in Hotel Palazzo Delle Stelline can be booked by completing and returning the booking form to the hotel. You will find all information on the form.

As the hotel is relatively small (total number of rooms is 105) it is advised to wait too long before booking your hotel room. The breakfast room of the hotel only can host 80 persons. To accommodate all hotel guests the hotel therefore organizes the breakfast in two or three shifts. We ask for your understanding.

Graduate student accommodation

SHOT offers shared rooms in Hotel Palazzo Delle Stelline and a nearby hotel for graduate students. Choosing this option means that you share a double two or three bed room and split the price. SHOT will assign these rooms. To apply for this option please send an e-mail to Sonja Beekers at [email protected]. Please provide the following details: full name, address, mobile phone number, date of arrival, and date of departure. Also indicate whether you want to opt (if available) for a room with 3 beds (and share your room with two other persons instead of 1 other person) and whether you have objections to a mixed room.

Alternative hotels

Below you will find a selection of suitable alternative hotels in Milan. Please note that SHOT didn’t block rooms in these hotels:

 Low budget


Airbnb offers various accommodations in different parts of Milan. Please check the airbnb website.

How to reach Milan


Milan is served by two international airports connected to the city centre by trains and buses.

Please note: The city airport, Milan Linate, will be closed for renovation until the end of October.

Airport shuttles

Milan Malpensa Terminals 1 and 2 are connected to the city centre by means of trains (Malpensa Express) and busses.
For information check the website http://www.milanomalpensa-airport.com/en/directions-and-parking

Please note that the Cadorna Station is the nearest stop to the Conference Center (walking time from the station to the conference center is 7 minutes).

Milan Orio al Serio Airport Shuttle bus
Orio al Serio Airport is connected to Milan (Stazione Centrale) by bus. There are buses every 20 minutes and the journey takes about 50 minutes.
For information see http://www.orioshuttle.com/_eng/

Travelling by Train

Local transportation

Milan has an extensive internal transport network that includes the Metro, the Suburban Railway, the tram and bus networks, as well as taxi, car and bike sharing services. A very useful website for general information on the network and  the purchase of tickets is:


Please note that the nearest metro station to the Conference Center Palazzo delle Stelline is Cadorna Station (Green Line); the nearest Metro station to the Museo Scienza e Tecnologia is S. Ambrogio (Green Line). The Green Line connects also both these stations to the Central and the Garibaldi railway stations.

Useful Information

Very difficult to predict what the weather can be at the end of October. If we get one of the sunny mid-Autumn week the temperature can be pleasantly mild, 11/18°C [52/ 64°F]. Check the weather forecast before preparing your suitcase and let’s hope for the best.


220-230V, 50Hz. Plugs are 2 pins so an adapter may be necessary.

Country code:

Milan code:

Time zone:
GMT + 1

Tourism in Milan

There are so many historic buildings, monuments, museums and permanent exhibitions in the city center that it is difficult to make a selection of the most remarkable. Among them the cathedral church, the Duomo; the Sforza Castle with Michelangelo’s unfinished “Pietà Rondanini” and Leonardo’s newly restored “Sala delle Asse”; the cloisters of Filarete’s Ca’ Granda (now University of Milan); and very close to the Museo Scienza Tecnologia the beautiful romanesque Basilica of S. Ambrogio.

Please be aware that if you want to see the Last Supper of Leonardo da Vinci you should buy the ticket well in advance at the official website https://cenacolovinciano.vivaticket.it/eng

Near the Duomo you can admire the elegant Galleria, Italy’s oldest shopping arcade, the Museo del Novecento and the “temple of music”, La Scala Opera House. The Pinacoteca of Brera has been completely and elegantly refurbished; the Museo del Novecento, in Piazza del Duomo, is by now one of the most visited art museums; Pirelli Hangar Bicocca, Fondazione Prada and Gallerie d’Italia also offering an extraordinarily varied program of permanent and temporary exhibitions. Those who have a special interest in design and architecture will appreciate the exhibitions organized by La Triennale.

For visitors who are interested in the fashion industry a tour of the “Quadrilatero della Moda” is a must; quite apart from being an exceedingly elegant gallery of internationally famous brands, it hosts also remarkable house-museums such as Poldi Pezzoli, Bagatti Valsecchi, and Palazzo Morando, with their collections of applied arts. The visitors who prefer to have a taste of Milanese night life can explore the Navigli district with many bars and restaurants lined up along its ancient canals (but beware, on the week-end it attracts a huge crowd).

Did we forget other attractions? Well, any tourist visiting Italy expects to find good food and enjoy traditional Milanese aperitivi. We shall do our best to provide advice about where to find them, without having to move too far away from the location of the Conference.

Tourism within easy reach from Milan

Some of the most famous art and historical cities and townsTurin, Verona, Venice, Genoa, Bologna, Florence, and Rome are well connected with Milan by high-speed trains. Very close to Milan is also Pavia, Lombardy’s oldest University.

For those who prefer to enjoy wonderful natural landscapes Lake Como and Lake Maggiore are also in easy reach by train, from Central, Cadorna and Garibaldi  Stations.

Milan Meeting Archive

Call for Papers and Sessions

4 April 2019

Please note that it is no longer possible to submit proposals for the SHOT Annual meeting in Milan. The deadline was March 31. We received many proposals for full sessions, unconventional sessions and individual papers. Thank you all for submitting!

28 January 2019

Dear Colleagues,

The SHOT Program Committee is pleased to issue the Call for Papers and Sessions for the SHOT 2019 Annual Meeting to be held 24-27 October, 2019 in Milan, Italy.

SHOT is an interdisciplinary and international organization concerned with the history of technological devices, systems, and processes as well as with technology in history, culture, and society. We explore the production, circulation, appropriation, maintenance, and abandonment of technology under specific historical conditions. And we scrutinize these epistemic, economic, social, cultural, and political conditions. Our approaches are informed by a broad concept of technology, encompassing knowledge resources, practices, artifacts, and biofacts (artifacts in the realm of the living). Accordingly, the Committee invites paper and session proposals on any topic in a broadly defined history of technology, including topics that push the boundaries of the field.

SHOT is committed to a policy of diversity. In addition to intellectual quality, we warmly welcome proposals that reflect diversity in their line-up of speakers, in particular with regard to career level, gender, and geography. The Program Committee will prioritize proposals that make a conscious effort to increase diversity: for example, proposals that include one or more female speakers, and speakers at different professional stages, with different institutional affiliations, and/or different nationalities and geographies.

SHOT Annual Meeting 2019: Milan, Italy

Exploring the Interface between Technology, Art, and Design

In the 1950s Milan was, along with Turin, the industrial capital of Northern Italy. Established companies such as Pirelli, Breda, and Falk had their factories in the outskirts of the city. It was in that economic and cultural environment that the Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia “Leonardo Da Vinci,” one of the venues of the SHOT meeting, was inaugurated in 1953. Milan remains the economic center of Italy. It hosts the headquarters of national and multi-national banks and companies, Italy’s National Stock Exchange, a thriving network of new high-technology industries, and an expanding tertiary sector including logistics and transportation, food, and publishing. Four years ago it was the location of Expo 2015, whose theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” attracted 22 million visitors. Last but not least, Milan is one of the world’s capitals of fashion and design: a glamorous gallery of internationally famous brands.

Milan is also an important city of culture, with three universities, an engineering school, an economics and business school, and a medical school. And it is a city of the arts: the city center is rich with a remarkable variety of historic buildings, monuments, museums, and other treasures. Among them, Milan holds extraordinary examples of Leonardo’s work as an artist and an engineer, including the Codex Atlanticus and the Last Supper.

To pay tribute to the venue of the meeting we want to encourage proposals that engage topics related to a broadly interpreted theme of “Exploring the interface between technology, art, and design.”

In the past and present, and in different cultural traditions, technology, art, design, and craft have blended together in a cross-fertilization process. While the boundaries between knowledge formation, artistic expression, and material culture are permeable, diverse factors affect the degree to which they combine and the quality of the results emerging from their interactions. In Italy the examples of fruitful collaboration are numerous, in the present as well as in both the recent and more distant past. Similar cases can be found worldwide; examination of the clustering of interactions among technology, art, and design in diverse contexts and periods is an important project of the history of technology.

More recently we observe a growing interest in educational programs proactively encouraging and supporting collaboration among artists, scientists, engineers, architects, and craftspeople, as well as scholars in the humanities and social sciences. These programs encourage a reappraisal of different approaches to the relations between form and function in different cultural traditions.

We invite SHOT participants to reflect on these themes from an historical as well as a contemporary perspective, and with respect to a variety of socio-cultural environments. Among the aspects which deserve to be discussed is how art and design impact innovation in new as well as traditional production technologies; how digital technologies are opening new perspectives in the development of design and the arts, as well as the reinterpretation and development of traditional crafts; and how art, design, and craft can provide inspiration in the search for the transition to more sustainable consumption/production patterns.

For the 2019 meeting the Program Committee welcomes proposals of these types:

Traditional sessions:

Sessions of 3 or 4 papers, with a chair and commentator listed in the session proposal. Deadline: March 31, 2019 the deadline has passed, it is not possible to submit proposals anymore.

Unconventional sessions:

Sessions with formats that diverge in useful ways from traditional sessions. These can include (but are not limited to) round-table sessions, workshop-style sessions with pre-circulated papers, and poster sessions. Poster proposals should describe the content and the visual material to be used in the poster. Individuals whose posters are accepted must be available to talk about them in a lunch/evening slot to be decided by the program committee.The Program Committee encourages other creative formats to facilitate communication, dialogue, and audience involvement. For instance, last year’s SHOT meeting featured a new “you write, I present” format in which a discussant presents a paper for the author, with authors on-site to respond to comments, take questions from the audience, and join overall discussions. Last year’s meeting also saw sessions in which the authors commented on each other’s papers with no single commentator. The program committee will look favorably on formats that make sessions less hierarchical and reduce the distance between audience and author and between author and commentator. Deadline: March 31, 2019 – the deadline has passed, it is not possible to submit proposals anymore.

Open sessions:

Individuals interested in finding others to join panel sessions may propose Open Sessions, starting January 31, with a final deadline of March 20. Open Session descriptions, along with the organizer’s contact information, will appear on the SHOT website (the earlier the proposal is sent to SHOT, the earlier it will be posted to the website.)

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 ([email protected]). The secretary’s office will post the proposals on the SHOT-website.

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 20, 2019. Open Session organizers will then assemble full panels and submit them through SHOT’s online system by March 31, 2019 – the deadline has passed, it is not possible to submit proposals anymore.

Individual papers:

Proposals for individual papers will be considered, but the Program Committee will give preference to pre-organized sessions (traditional, unconventional, or completed open sessions). Those scholars who might ordinarily propose an individual paper are encouraged to propose Open Sessions themselves or to join an Open Session. Deadline: March 31, 2019– the deadline has passed, it is not possible to submit proposals anymore.

Other basic guidelines:

SHOT allows the same speaker to present papers at consecutive meetings but turns down papers that are substantially the same as previously accepted ones. Submissions covering the same fundamental topic should explain how the new paper differs from the prior presentation.

Individuals are permitted to take on multiple roles at a single SHOT meeting, but no individual is to give more than one titled paper listed in the SHOT meeting’s formal program (i.e., commentaries, presentations in SIGs, participation in roundtables, and other activities for which no title is listed in the SHOT meeting program do not count).

A poster does not count as a paper as understood in the two previous paragraphs.

Most pre-organized panels, if accepted, will remain as proposed. In some cases, depending on slot availability and the quality and coherence of the individual papers, part of a panel may be turned down, merged into another panel, or combined with individual papers to form a new panel.

Authors interested in consideration for SHOT’s Robinson Prize should note their eligibility in their paper proposals.

Specific instructions related to submission details (abstract, CV, etc.) appear on the SHOT webpage (http://www.historyoftechnology.org). 

SHOT and the Program Committee look forward to a vigorous, enthusiastic, and intellectually stimulating annual meeting in Milan!

Download the Call for Papers and Sessions