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

The deadline for submissions is 18 April 2021.

Proposals for Unconventional Sessions

Sessions with formats that diverge in useful ways from traditional sessions. These can include (but are not limited to) roundtables, discussion panels, workshop-style sessions with pre-circulated papers, “you write, I present” sessions, 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. 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: April 18, 2021.

Proposals for Unconventional Sessions must include:

Each session proposal should be accompanied by an abstract that details:

  1. the session’s overall theme;
  2. each individual presenter’s contribution;
  3. the role of a commentator (if any);
  4. a diversity statement*;
  5. whether a given proposal desires “all or none”*;
  6. hybrid session requests and remote participation and/or presenter preferences, with explanation, if applicable*;
  7. whether any of the presenters are candidates for SHOT’s Robinson Prize (For Robinson Prize eligibility rules, click here.);
  8. Overview of names, e-mail addresses, title op papers (if applicable) of organizer(s), chair, commentator (if any), presenters or panelists..

*See Call for Proposals for further details

The session organizer should combine all elements into one pdf file with numbered pages. Please name this file with your last name and the word “proposal,” e.g., “smith_proposal.pdf “.

Proposals sponsored by one of SHOT’s special interest groups (SIGs) must note this in the session abstract.

Guidelines and advice for preparing an abstract for SHOT can be found here.


To submit an Unconventional Session Proposal, click here.