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SHOT Annual Meeting 2021

Updated 19 August 2021

Registration is now open, find information below

COVID Statement

The safety of our community and the communities we visit is our top priority; the SHOT and HSS staff and leadership continue to monitor the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic and work with medical experts, the Sheraton hotel, local organizers, and the city of New Orleans to institute best practices for the HSS/SHOT annual meeting on November 18-21, 2021. It is too early for us to announce the specific COVID-related changes for our event in late November. We will continue to monitor the situation in New Orleans, but at this time, SHOT and HSS will continue to plan the 2021 meeting as a hybrid event.

Here are some precautions that we will utilize at the annual meeting. Currently, these precautions mirror those in place for all New Orleans indoor activities. We will continue to update the community as the situation evolves.

Vaccinations: Participating attendees will need to provide proof of vaccination. For individuals who are not vaccinated, proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arriving at the conference will be required.

Masks: SHOT AND HSS will institute a mask mandate at the conference for all attendees, staff, and hotel staff at all indoor events. 

Note that if COVID-19 makes it impossible for us to meet in person we will shift to a complete Virtual meeting. 

We will keep you informed during the months/weeks up to the actual meeting. Please all stay safe and healthy!

These sites can provide some additional information specific to New Orleans:

Current COVID guidelines in New Orleans

New Orleans COVID Tracker

Dear SHOT Members,

Join us for the 2021 Annual Meeting of the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) in New Orleans (Louisiana) 18-21 November. This will be a joint meeting with the History of Science Society (HSS). The conference will be held in-person in New Orleans. Considering the Covid-19 restrictions and SHOT’s effort to expand access and promote further internationalization, for the first-time parts of the meeting will be hybrid. Among others the plenary sessions, joint SHOT-HSS sessions, presidential panels, the da Vinci lectures, and the 2021 awards ceremony can be accessed from all over the world via our online meeting platform.

Central theme of the meeting is “Environment, Infrastructure, and Social Justice”, with particular attention to the role of race and anti-Black racism in history. The Program Committee created an inspiring program. The fact that SHOT and HSS are meeting in the same venue allows all participants to attend regular sessions (sessions that don’t require special pre-registration) of SHOT and HSS. As you will discover numerous jointly organized sessions are listed in both programs.

You can find the draft SHOT program (updated version 7 August 2021) here.

As we are planning the meeting amidst the uncertainty that you are all already familiar with, we decided to postpone publication of the tour-program until mid-September. We will inform you on the tour program by e-mail. Thanks for your patience and understanding.

Please note that both SHOT and HSS are closely monitoring the public health situation in New Orleans and the evolving Covid-19 situation in and outside the United States. In collaboration with the conference hotel SHOT and HSS will take necessary measures to ensure a safe conference. We will post relevant information on our website as it comes available.

We are looking forward to meeting you in-person in New Orleans or virtual in one of our hybrid meeting rooms!

Please direct your questions about the meeting to the SHOT Secretariat.

Jan Korsten, SHOT Secretary

Program SHOT Annual Meeting 2021

You can find the Preliminary Program SHOT Nola 2021 version 21 August 2021 here. Please note that this is a draft version that will be updated regularly in the coming months.

All acceptance and rejection e-mails have been sent. E-mails concerning joint SHOT-HSS sessions were processed by HSS. In case you haven’t received an e-mail please contact the SHOT Secretariat. Please note that it is possible that the e-mail landed in your spam folder.

Travel grants

To support travel to the annual SHOT meeting, participants can apply for SHOT Travel Grant, SHOT-NSF Travel Grants, EDITH Conference Award and the WITH Conference Grants 2021. You can find all information on available travel grants, and links to online application forms here.


Graduate students may volunteer to work at the meeting (with a minimum of 3 timeslots), usually at the registration desk, this year optional also for the virtual part of the meeting, in exchange for free registration at the meeting. If you are a graduate student interested in volunteering at the meeting, please email Sonja at [email protected]

Meeting dates: 18-21 November 2021

18-21 November 2021 – a week before Thanksgiving – the SHOT Annual Meeting 2021 takes place in New Orleans (Louisiana). The theme of the meeting is “Environment, Infrastructure, and Social Justice” with particular attention to the role of race and anti-Black racism in history.

SHOT and the Society for the History of Science (HSS) have chosen to co-locate in New Orleans in 2021. This co-mingling of associations offers scholars a splendid opportunity to reflect on the relationship between the environment, infrastructure, and social justice and how these elements contribute to the ongoing story of New Orleans and to the maintenance of our modern world.

Call for Proposals

The deadline has passed, it is no longer possible to submit proposals.

Go to the Call for Proposals or download the CfP here SHOT NOLA 2021

Meeting Venue 2021

Main meeting venue will be the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, 500 Canal Street, downtown New Orleans.
Rooms will be available at $199 + tax (and we offer this from Tuesday prior, up to Monday after the meeting).

Sheraton New Orleans Hotel
500 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

A dedicated website is now available for our attendees to book hotel rooms online. Reservations can be made at this web address:

Booking Website:


SHOT Membership required for participation

In order to participate in the SHOT Annual Meeting a SHOT membership is required. You can either (re-)join here, or during the registration process for the Annual Meeting.

Registration site is now open, you can go th the registration site HERE


Frequently Asked Questions

We will post and update a list of Frequently Asked Questions in the months to come.