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SHOT Annual Meeting: Open Sessions List

Open Session List

Society for the History of Technology (SHOT)
Annual Meeting – New Orleans
7-11 October 2020

Individuals interested in finding others to join panel sessions may propose Open Sessions, starting January 1, with a final deadline of February 15. 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 can 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. In case you want to have a new open session proposal posted on the website you have to send it to the secretary’s office before February 15.

Joining a proposed panel from the Open Sessions List

All Open Sessions proposals are listed in the Open Sessions List below. 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 February 15, 2020. Open Session organizers will then assemble full panels and submit them through SHOT’s online system by February 28, 2019.


Session organizers: To submit a full Session Proposal, click here.

(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 sending an e-mail to the e-mail address listed.

Open Session Title:  Crowd Control
Download the proposal
Contact the organizer: Scott Kushner (University of Rhode Island) [email protected]

Open Session Title:  Technology and the Urban Environment
Download the proposal
Contact the organizer: Dave Hochfelder (University at Albany) [email protected]

Open Session Title:  Restraining the Natural Flow of Water: Cost to Society
Download the proposal
Contact the organizer: Julie Mark Cohen (Independent STS Scholar) [email protected]