Society for the History of Technology – Annual Meeting

October 8-11, 2015, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Call for papers

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.

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 2015 meeting the Program Committee welcomes proposals of three formats:

  1. Individual papers
  2. Sessions of 3 or 4 papers
  3. Unconventional sessions

(Unconventional sessions have formats that diverge in useful ways from the typical 3 or 4 papers with comment, including round-table sessions and workshop-style sessions with pre-circulated papers.)

To submit a proposal, visit and follow the links


This year the SHOT Program Committee inaugurated an Open Sessions process for the purpose of facilitating collaboration among scholars. Individuals interested in finding others to join panel sessions for the Annual Meeting proposed Open Sessions to the Program Committee in January.

To join a proposed panel from the Open Sessions list, contact the organizer for that panel, not the Program Committee. Open Session organizers will then assemble full panel sessions and submit them to the Program Committee by the end of the regular call for papers on March 31, 2015. The Program Committee will review the resulting Open Sessions panels for quality and adherence to SHOT standards of gender, geographic, and institutional diversity with an assumption of inclusion in the final Annual Meeting program.

The 15 approved Open Session descriptions are listed below; for more information on each of these sessions, including the contact information for each, please visit

  1. Legal Histories of Technology
  2. Satellite Remote-sensing and Environment
  3. Through the Looking Glass: Virtual Reality in Historical Perspective
  4. Digital Histories of Technology
  5. Machine Tools and Precision Mechanics: Reliability, Quality, Standard
  6. Whose History? Museum Collections, Public Display and Interpreting the History of Technology.
  7. “Copie Non Conforme”: Places, Practices, and Politics of Illicit Reproduction in the 20th Century
  8. Nature Transformation and Technology
  9. Outside Technologies: Instruments and their Users in the Field Sciences
  10. Tinkering with Technology: Modification and Improvisation by User and Consumer
  11. Connecting Technology’s Peripheries
  12. A Vicious Cycle: Histories of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle
  13. Alternative Cultures/Alternative Technology: Conscious Construction of the Path Not Taken
  14. Engineers, Technology, and Neoliberal Economic Doctrine and Practice
  15. Automation, Computerization, and Digital Manufacturing: The Past and the Future

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.

Deadline: March 31, 2015

Posted: February 09, 2015