[SIGCIS-Members] SIGCIS program, possible dinner, for SHOT 2008

Thomas Haigh thaigh at computer.org
Tue Oct 7 09:21:56 PDT 2008

Hello everyone,


The annual SHOT meeting is almost upon us. This time in Lisbon. I have sent
a message on lunch arrangements to everyone who has signed up for it or
previously let me know they were attending. If you think you are coming but
did NOT get the email with map, etc. then let me know as soon as possible
otherwise there will be no food for you. We have 40 registered so far, and
last time I saw the figures were tied with the environmental history people
as the biggest SIG! 


We’ve tended to run an informal dinner (just eat drink chat, no speeches or
business) as well as the official lunch. With the need to make lots of
announcement and conduct business at the lunch the dinner tends to be more
relaxed and smaller, so it can be a good chance to get to know people
working in the field. Looking at the program we’ve got a reception on
Saturday, the banquet on Monday, so that seems to leave Sunday night, where
the only thing programmed after 7:30 appears to be an “international comics
festival” with a reception. So we’d probably meet around 8pm on Sunday. This
will only happen if I hear people are interested, and details on final
arrangements will only be sent to people who reply to this message. 


As well as the lunch we have a number of computing related sessions. I count
four panels devoted to some form of IT (including cybernetics) and three
more papers scattered over panels with other themes or assembled from
individually contributed papers. That’s down from last year, but still a
very healthy trend compared with five years ago. It’s not too soon to start
thinking about the 2009 meeting (10/15/2009 - 10/19/2009 Pittsburgh, PA). We
hope to run at least one extra session and possibly an additional full day
of programming in conjunction with this meeting.


The one SIGCIS organized panel this year is 1:30-3:30 on Sunday, Oct 12.


>  Looms, Chips, Users and Code: The Business of Computing 


Room: Art’s II 


Chair: Helmuth Trischler, Deutsches Museum , Munich 

Organizer: Thomas Haigh, University of Wisconsin , Milwaukee 

Commentator: Thomas Haigh, University of Wisconsin , Milwaukee 


Janet Delve, University of Portsmouth ,
<http://www.shotlisbon2008.com/program/dia12/Session17/Paper%201.pdf> “New
Perspectives on “Jacquard” Looms and the Development of Punched Cards"

Jeffrey Yost, University of Minnesota ,
“Manufacturing Mainframes: The Evolving Semiconductor Strategies of IBM and
Sperry Univac, 1960- 1975” 

Pierre Mounier, CNRS/Université Paris-Sorbonne,
<http://www.shotlisbon2008.com/program/dia12/Session17/Paper%203.pdf> “A
Department for Ordinary Business: Application Software in the French Plan
Calcul (1966-1975)” 

Peter B. Meyer, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,
“Computer Use and Earnings Inequality, 1960- 2000” 


At the same time, there is one IT history paper in this session.


19.          Networks and Large Technological Systems 


Room: Ruby II 


Chair: Johan Schot, Eindhoven University of Technology 

Commentator: Marc Jacquinet, Universidade Aberta, Portugal 


Daniela Helbig, Harvard University , Cambridge , MA ,
“Beyond the system’s limits: Marga von Etzdorf’s last flight” (Robinson
Prize Candidate)

Ana Paula Silva, New University of Lisbon,
<http://www.shotlisbon2008.com/program/dia12/Session19/Paper%202.pdf> “
Portugal in the building of a transnational network - a winner or a loser?” 

Katja Girschik,  ETH Zurich,
“Taming the mass of goods and data. The emergence of a computer-aided
merchandise management system at the Swiss retailer Migros” 



Elsewhere on the program and later in the day from 3:45-5:45. Note: Simon
had to drop out, so there will just be three papers.


> Computing at Transnational Cross-Roads: Technology and Politics in the
Cold War 


Room: Art’s II 


Chair: Gerard Alberts, University of Amsterdam 

Organizer: Corinna Schlombs, University of Pennsylvania 

Commentator: Eden Medina , Indiana University 


Corinna Schlombs, University of Pennsylvania ,
<http://www.shotlisbon2008.com/program/dia12/Session25/Paper%201.pdf> “The
Mission of Marshall Plan technical aid: Productivity machines for Europe ”

Petri Paju, University of Turku, Finland, Helena Durnova, Brno University of
Technology, Czech Republic,
“Computing Close to the Iron Curtain: Inter/national Computing Practices in
Czechoslovakia and Finland ” 

Ksenia Tatarchenko, Paris - Sorbonne, “
Visiting Akademgorodok : “in(s) and out(s)”A portrait of Siberian computing
from an international perspective” 

Simon Donig, University of Passau , Germany ,
“Computing as modernisation: technology transfer and the emergence of a
culture of management in the GDR (1964-1969)” 


At Monday 1:30-3:30


> Standardizing Technology: Lesson Learned


Room: Art’s I


Chairs:    Andreas Fickers, University of Maastricht 

Organizer: Andrew Russell, Duke University 

Commentator: Pascal Griset, Université Paris - Sorbonne 


Peter Van den Bossche, Erasmus University College Brussels,
<http://www.shotlisbon2008.com/program/dia13/Session42/Paper%201.pdf> “The
Interaction Between Standardization, Technology and Market: The Early
Development of the Electric Vehicle as an Example”

Jeffrey Tang, James Madison University,
“Gateway to Success: LPs, 45s, and the Format War that Wasn’t”

Gard Paulsen, Norwegian School of Management,
“Programmed Tensions and Standardized Transitions: The Design of CCITT’s
Programming Language for Telephone Switches"

Dong-oh Park, Science and Technology Policy Institute, Korea,
“Making ‘National’ Character Code: Debates Over Korean Standard Character
Code and its Effect in Unicode” (Robinson Prize Candidate)


Monday 3:45-5:45


> Cybernetics and Information Theory – 1948 and beyond


Room: Art’s I


Chair: Nathan Ensmenger, University of Pennsylvania

Organizers: Frank Dittmann, Deutsches Museum, Germany

                     Bernard Geoghegan, Northwestern University, USA


Rudolf Seising, Jena, Germany,
“Cybernetics, System Theory, and Information Theory in the 1950s and 1960s”

Lars Bluma, Ruhr University of Bochum, Germany,
<http://www.shotlisbon2008.com/program/dia13/Session49/Paper%202.pdf> “Early
Cybernetic machines: artifacts, discourses, and organisms”

Jan Mueggenburg, Vienna, Austria,
<http://www.shotlisbon2008.com/program/dia13/Session49/Paper%203.pdf> “From
Cybernetics to Bionics: The Biological Computer Laboratory”      

Ronald Kline, Cornell University,
<http://www.shotlisbon2008.com/program/dia13/Session49/Paper%204.pdf> “The
Disunity of Cybernetics”                                 

Bernard Geoghegan, Northwestern University,
“Informed Ideology: The Politics of Information Theory from French
Structuralism to British Cultural Studies”

Philipp Aumann, Munich, Germany,
“Between Ideology and Methodology. Cybernetics in Western Germany”

Frank Dittmann; Deutches Museum Munich, Germany,
“Cybernetics in GDR between euphoria and rejection”


Tuesday 8:30 to 10:00.


> New Research Tools for Contemporary History


Room: Diamante I


Chair: Thomas Misa, University of Minnesota 

Organizer: Thomas Misa, University of Minnesota

Commentator: TBD


Per Lundin, Isabelle Dussauge, Department of History of Science and
Technology, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden,
“Documenting the Use of Computers in Society between 1950 and 1980: Witness
Seminars and Writers’ Web”                

Andreu Veà, Barcelona ,
“Internet history and Internet research methods: Engineering the worldwide
WiWiW project”

Thomas Misa, Joline Zepcevski, Univertiy of Minnesota,
“Realizing user-centered computer history: Designing and using NSF’s
FastLane (1990-present)”


And at the same time, with one IT paper


> Beyond ‘Eureka!’: Maintenance and Operations in the History of Technology


Room: Art’s I


Chair:  Alexander B. Magoun, David Sarnoff Library, Princeton 

Organizer:  Kenneth Lipartito, Florida International University

Commentator:  David Edgerton, Imperial College London

Kevin L. Borg, James Madison University,
“Maintenance Made Visible: How Policy Makers Helped Engineers Create
Dependable American Cars”

Nathan Ensmenger, University of Pennsylvania,
“Fixing Things That Can Never be Broken: Software Maintenance as
Heterogeneous Engineering”

Kenneth Lipartito, Florida International University,
“Flying on the Ground: Maintenance, Operations and the Space Shuttle”


Best wishes,


Tom Haigh

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