CFP: Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) Annual Meeting

November 6-9, 2014, Dearborn, MI, United States

Formed in 1958, SHOT is an interdisciplinary and international organization concerned not only with the history of technological devices and processes but also with technology in history, the development of technology, and its relations with society and culture –that is, the relationship of technology to politics, economics, science, the arts, and the organization of production, and with the role it plays in the differentiation of individuals in society.

Call for papers

Accordingly, the Program Committee invites paper and session proposals on any topic in a broadly defined history of technology, including topics that push the boundaries of the discipline. The Committee welcomes proposals for individual papers or complete sessions from researchers at all levels. We also welcome proposals from all researchers, whether veterans or newcomers to SHOT’s meetings, and regardless of primary discipline. Submitters are encouraged to propose sessions that include a diverse mix of participants: multinational origins, gender, graduate students and junior scholars with senior scholars, significantly diverse institutional affiliations, etc.

For the 2014 meeting the Program Committee welcomes proposals of three formats:
-Individual papers
-Sessions of 3 or 4 papers.
-Unconventional sessions; that is, session formats that diverge in useful ways from the typical 3 or 4 papers with comment. These might include round-table sessions and workshop-style sessions with pre-circulated papers.
SHOT allows paper presentations at consecutive meetings but rejects submissions of papers that are substantially the same as previous accepted submissions. Submissions covering the same fundamental topic should explain the difference(s) with the prior presentation.

Specific instructions related to submissions (abstract, CV, etc.) are on the SHOT 2014 Call for Papers webpage (

The Program Committee has established a Facebook page to facilitate collaboration in establishing sessions: Alternatively, postings to the sci-med-tech listserv ( can also facilitate collaboration and session-forming.

***The deadline for proposals is 31 March 2014 ***

Deadline: March 31, 2014

Posted: February 17, 2014