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Open Session List

Society for the History of Technology (SHOT)
Annual Meeting – New Orleans
18-21 November 2021

Individuals interested in finding others to join an organized session may propose Open Sessions, starting March 15, with a final deadline of April 7. 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.)

Joining a proposed panel from the Open Sessions List

The submitted open session proposals are listed below. For individuals who want to join a proposed session from the Open Sessions list, please contact the organizer for that session, not the Program Committee. In order to give the session organizer sufficient time to select proposals and assemble a final list of presenters, the deadline for submitting your paper proposal to the organizer is April 7, 2021. Open Session organizers will then assemble completed sessions and submit them through SHOT’s online system by April 18, 2021.

Open Sessions List SHOT Annual Meeting New Orleans 2021

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: Health and Computation Before the Internet
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Contact the organizers: DavidTheodore (McGill University) and Theodora Vardouli (McGill University) – e-mail addresses: [email protected] and/or [email protected]

Open Session Title: Crowd Control
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Contact the organizer: Scott Kushner (University of Rhode Island) – e-mail address: [email protected]

Open Session Title: Honorably-Designed Engineered Artifacts Doomed to Failure: Engineering Education and Practice, Public Policy, and Social Justice
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Contact the organizer: Julie Mark Cohen (Independent Scholar) – e-mail address: [email protected]

Open Session Title: Advanced, Unconventional, and Blue Sky Technologies and Systems
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Contact the organizer: Jim Cohen (The City University of New York) – e-mail address: [email protected]

Open Session Title: Constructing Energy Efficiency
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Contact the organizer: Hal Wallace (Smithsonian Institution) – e-mail address: [email protected]

Open Session Title: Beyond the Deficiency Narrative: Postcolonial Histories of LTS in Sub-Saharan Africa
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Contact the organizers: Jethron Ayumbah Akallah (Maseno University, Kenya), and Frank Edward (University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania) – e-mail addresses: [email protected] and/or [email protected]

Open Session Title: Computational Infrastructures
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Contact the organizer: Tasha Schoenstein (Harvard University) – e-mail address: [email protected]

Open Session Title: Wireless Infrastructures: Electrical Engineering and the Cultural Artifact of Ether
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Contact the organizer: Yijun Sun (University of Massachusetts, Amherst) – e-mail address: [email protected]

Open Session Title: History of Engineering, Environment, Infrastructure, and Social Justice  – Organized by The Prometheans
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Contact the organizer: Ellan Spero (Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Station1) – e-mail address: [email protected]

Open Session Title: Commercial Environmental Satellites. Challenges and Impacts
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Contact the organizer: GemmaCirac-Claveras (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona) – e-mail address: [email protected]

Open Session Title: Present Perfect Progressive: On the Past and the Imaginary
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Contact the organizer: N. Bucky Stanton (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) – e-mail address: [email protected]