[SIGCIS-Members] SIGCIS Panels and Grad Student travel awards for SHOT 2008

Thomas Haigh thaigh at computer.org
Thu Feb 28 00:51:53 PST 2008

Hello everyone,


This email is a request for people who are interested in participating in
SIGCIS sponsored panels at the annual meeting to get in touch with me. The
deadline is March 14, which means I need to hear from you within the next
few days with an initial expression of interest. SHOT does not need full
papers, but I would need an abstract and one page resume by March 9. The
normal SHOT format is for three or four talks of 20-25 minutes each followed
by a commentator and questions. I can't promise that all ideas can be fitted
neatly into one of our panel proposals. However if I can't accommodate
whatever you are interested in within a panel then you still have the option
of submitting your abstract as an individual paper.


What I've done for each of the past three conferences is to circulate a call
like this and receive a short summary from interested people of the work
they'd like to present. Then I look for connections among the ideas and
group them into one or more thematically coherent panel proposals. I work
with the authors to strengthen their abstracts and to tweak them to better
fit the panel. This has worked well in the past. Last year we submitted
three panels, all of which were accepted. For the previous year we had two
panels, both accepted. Once we see how things are shaping up we may use the
list again to appeal for additional papers on specific topics or for chairs
or commentators.


You've already seen a couple of reminders of the upcoming SHOT 2008 meeting
from other people. Lisbon, October 10-14. Lots of information including
maps, hotels, travel, etc. is now online at


The call for papers is at http://shotnews.net/?p=401. It mentions looking
for papers on how the history of technology might be written in the future,
so this may lead to a panel of historiographical papers about the future of
the history of computing. However other ideas are also welcome. It also
appeals for papers "from those new to SHOT regardless of discipline."


If you are a graduate student there is an additional reason to join one of
our panels. At the last meeting we raised enough money with our collection
and book auction to fund two graduate student travel awards of $300 each to
support the cost of attending the meeting. Any student presenting in a
SIGCIS sponsored panel will be eligible for consideration for one of these


It promises to be a great meeting, and I hope to see many of you there in
Lisbon. At the last SHOT meeting we had far more history of computing panels
than ever before - so let's try to set another record this year.


Tom Haigh








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