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********************************************************************* 2007 Society for the History of Technology Annual Meeting

CALL FOR PAPERS Deadline March 16, 2007

The Society for the History of Technology will hold its annual meeting in Washington, D.C. October 17-21, 2007. This meeting, along with the following year’s meeting in Lisbon, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of SHOT and of its journal, Technology and Culture. The theme of both conferences will be “[email protected]: Looking Back, Looking Beyond.” To that end, the Program Committee seeks papers or sessions for the 2007 meeting that concern the History of Technology as it has been practiced in the past, and for the 2008 meeting as it may or ought to be practiced in the future.

The Committee welcomes proposals for individual papers or sessions, as well as works in-progress from researchers of all stripes (including graduate students, chaired professors, and independent scholars). It also welcomes proposals from those new to SHOT, regardless of discipline. The committee will also consider alternative venues for presenting one’s scholarship, such as poster sessions, short (8-minute) quick sessions, author-meets-critics panels, discussion of pre-circulated papers, and others.

Under the general theme of celebrating SHOT’s past, several more specific themes suggest themselves. These are outlined below. The Committee is open to proposals not falling within these themes, but it suggests these as possible topics for papers and sessions.

Historiography Over the past 50 years, members of SHOT have debated and discussed a number of historiographic approaches to the discipline. How successful have these approaches been in the past, and do they continue to serve us well? If they do not, what alternate approaches might one adopt? What has been the impact of computer and information technologies on conducting research and disseminating its results? What has been the effect of the increasing diversity among our members and audience on the study of the History of Technology?

The Historian and Other Disciplines In SHOT’s early days, a significant number of members were practicing or retired engineers. Engineers remain welcome, although their numbers and role in the Society have contracted. The Committee welcomes papers that explore the ways that historians vs. engineers, and their respective engineering societies, see the history of technology. Likewise, the Committee seeks papers that explore the relationship between SHOT and other societies that count historians of technology among their members, e.g., the National Park Service, the branches of the military, the Society for Industrial Archaeology, the Society of Architectural Historians, etc. We welcome papers from members of those societies, or from SHOT members who have interacted with them.

Finally, the Committee seeks papers that examine the relationship between SHOT and museums of technology, a relationship that-as with engineers– was once closer than it is today. These include not only the major national museums of the United States, the U.K., and Germany, but also a host of smaller, specialized museums that deal with topics in the history of technology.

The Changing Context Since SHOT’s Founding SHOT was founded in the context of the Cold War, especially after the orbiting of Sputnik implied a criticism of Western technology. How did that context affect the practice of the history of technology? Has the end of the Cold War meant that this context is no longer relevant to SHOT’s mission? How might the current conflicts around the world affect the direction of scholarship? Computer and information technologies have already been mentioned as affecting the practice of history. Papers or sessions that explore “IT’s” origins and ascendance in relation to other technologies, ancient and modern, are welcome. Also welcome are papers that address the relationship of other, “post-1957” technologies, such as biotechnology, to technologies of an earlier era.

In addition to the themes suggested above, proposals for other topics that reflect the spirit of “Looking Back” are welcome.

The deadline for submission is March 16, 2007.

Proposals for individual papers must include: 1) a one-page abstract (maximum 600 words) 2) a one-page curriculum vitae, including current postal and e-mail addresses 3) a completed A/V equipment request form (available on the SHOT web site).

Proposals for complete sessions must include: 1) a description of the session that explains how individual papers contribute to an overall theme. 2) the names and paper titles of the presenters 3) for each presenter, a one-page summary (maximum 600 words) of the paper’s topic, argument(s), and evidence used 4) for the commentator, chair, and each presenter: one-page c.v., with postal and e-mail addresses 5) for each presenter, a completed A/V equipment request form.

Please indicate if a proposal is sponsored by one of SHOT’s special interest groups.

Submission Instructions 1) Materials should be sent as a text attachment to a single e-mail message to the Program Committee Chair, Paul Ceruzzi, [email protected]. 2) Each component of the proposal should be a separate attachment. Thus an e-mail that proposes a single paper would have three attachments; an e-mail that proposes a session could have up to a dozen or more attachments. 3) Please adhere to the 600-word limit for all attachments. Use no unusual fonts or special formatting, and save each attachment either as a Microsoft Word document (.doc) or as a Rich Text Format (.rtf) file. Nearly all word processing programs, including those used on the Macintosh, can save text in the Rich Text Format. Do not use Adobe Acrobat (pdf). 4) Save your proposal and name it with your last name and the word “proposal,” e.g. “smith_proposal.doc.” Save your CV and equipment request form in the same manner, e.g. “smith_vitae.doc” and “smith_av.doc.” 5) A session organizer should also attach a description of the overall session and save it as an abstract, e.g. “jones_abstract.doc.” If you are organizing a session and proposing a paper in that session, you will be attaching both an “abstract” and “proposal” with your name on them, plus your c.v. and equipment request form. 6) If you are proposing a non-traditional session you may indicate that in the “abstract.” These also require a completed A/V requirements form and a curriculum vitae.

General information SHOT rules do not allow multiple submissions (i.e. submitting more than one individual paper proposal, or proposing both an individual paper and a paper as part of a session). You may propose a paper and serve as a commentator or session chair at another session. Sessions should be focused on a single topic, but a session’s members should represent a diversity of approaches. At the very least, the members of a session should not all be from the same academic or institutional department.

Because of the unique nature of this and next year’s meeting, SHOT is waiving its customary rule that prevents scholars from presenting at two consecutive domestic meetings. As mentioned above, however, papers or sessions that address the future of the Society should be held for the 2008 meeting in Lisbon.

SHOT cannot guarantee the availability of digital projectors for all sessions. Those with access to projectors are encouraged to bring their own, and to let the Program Committee SHOT 2007 know if they might have equipment to share. For more information about AV equipment, please see the AV request form.

Additional information can be found online at fiftieth.html For questions about the program themes, submission guidelines, or any other aspects of the Call for Papers, please call Paul Ceruzzi, Program Committee Chair: 202-633-2414, or send an e-mail to [email protected]

Audio-visual equipment information There will be a $35 fee ($25 for graduate students) (payable at pre-registration) for anyone who wants to use a digital projector that SHOT provides. Presenters are welcome to bring their own Powerpoint projectors to use for free (but neither SHOT nor the hotel can be responsible for security or for helping set up). Anyone who wants to use Powerpoint will also be responsible for supplying their own laptop computer to use for their presentation. Presenters can still request overhead projectors or slide projectors from SHOT at no extra cost. Please see the A/V equipment request form available on the SHOT web site for more information, and please note that proposals will not be accepted without a completed AV form. Late equipment requests will not be accepted.

Cancellation policy Anyone who puts in a paper proposal that gets accepted and then subsequently cancels their presentation or does not show up at the meeting, without a good excuse (i.e., family emergency), will not be allowed to give another SHOT paper until the 2010 meeting.