[SIGCIS-Members] CFP SHOT 2010 -- SIGCIS Proposals?

Thomas Haigh thaigh at computer.org
Mon Feb 22 14:40:54 PST 2010

Hello Everyone,

The Call for Papers for the 2010 SHOT Meeting is pasted below. The SHOT
deadline in 31 March, and the conference takes place in Tacoma, Washington
September 30-Oct 3.

We also plan to hold a full day SIGCIS workshop on Oct 3, following the
successful format of our 2009 workshop. A separate call for this will go out
later. The current call is for the main conference. People can submit for

This email list is available as a clearinghouse for those interested in
assembling coherent panel proposals for the meeting. In addition, one of my
main activities as chair has been to organize SIGCIS sponsored panels and
work with authors to shape their abstracts accordingly. We’ve proposed 3
panels for each of the past three meetings. In 2007 all 3 were accepted, in
2008 just 1, and in 2009 2 of 3. So that's a two thirds success rate
overall. Our sessions tend to be lively and well attended.

If you are interested in taking part in a SIGCIS organized panel send me an
informal message by the END OF THIS MONTH with an idea of what topic you
would present.

Try not to let cost put you off. As always, SHOT has travel grants available
-- primarily for presenters who are graduate students, coming from poorer
countries, or recent graduates without permanent jobs. Funding is not
guaranteed but is often quite generous and well worth applying for.
http://www.historyoftechnology.org/travel_grants.html In addition SIGCIS
expects to have funds to make some small supplemental grants ($200 to
graduate student members (and perhaps others in the same categories) to top
up SHOT's awards. We will announce details for 2010 later. 

The statement of themes seems very inclusive and somewhat vague – with the
proximity of Seattle IT is mentioned as a welcome topic. Other themes we
might be able to hit: globalization, consumption, “the Pacific world.” The
program committee mentions that it would like to see panels with diversity
of countries, institutions, and outreach to “scholars in aligned and/or
related fields.” A welcome is also extended to those "new to SHOT." SIGCIS
is well placed to satisfy those requirements.

The call includes the usual statement to “indicate if a proposal is
sponsored by one of SHOT’s special interest groups.” However no policy on
SIG sponsorship seems to exist, so we’re not sure there is a maximum number
of panels beyond which sponsorship becomes counterproductive. Also we’re not
sure if we can put the SIG “stamp of approval” on relevant sessions
organized by others.

Perhaps in response to some requests for clarification we made last year the
latest call clarifies a few items of SHOT practice formerly assumed to be
tacit knowledge. It states that “the Program Committee discourages scholars
from presenting papers at two consecutive meetings held in North America. 
Exceptions can be made for scholars traveling from overseas.” If you
presented in the main conference at Pittsburgh but would like to be a chair
or commentator then please let me know. Unless we hear otherwise we'll
assume that having presented in the SIGCIS workshop in 2009 does NOT count
against you in competition for the main SHOT program in 2010. Another
clarification in the new CFP: “in general we discourage panels with more
than three papers.”

Let's make 2010 another record setting year for the history of computing at



Deadline: 31 March 2010
SHOT 2010—Call For Papers

The Society for the History of Technology will hold its annual meeting in
Tacoma, Washington from September 30 to October 3, 2010. The Program
Committee invites paper and panel proposals on any topic in the history of
technology, broadly defined. Sessions dealing with non-Western technologies
are particularly welcome. Of special interest for 2010 are proposals that
engage in themes that resonate with the concerns of the specific locale.
These include:

Consumption: In the popular imagination, the Tacoma-Seattle area is
associated with several important corporate entities (Boeing, Microsoft,
Nintendo, Starbucks, etc.) whose goods and services are deeply embedded in
global consumer culture. At a moment in time when consumption, sometimes
excessive, sometimes globalized, sometimes exploitative, is of great concern
to both the public and policy-makers, Tacoma is an appropriate place for
historians to (re)consider technologies of consumption. We are especially
interested in papers that see production and consumption as coterminous
processes and which historicize consumption as part of broader processes in
the history of technology. We define consumption very broadly to include the
public’s active engagement with technologies and technological systems,
which may include environmental, communications, and obsolete technologies.

The Program Committee encourages sessions dealing with topics appropriate to
the meeting location, such as aerospace and maritime history, labor history,
forest products, information technology, and themes relevant to the Pacific
world. We also encourage historians of technology to reach out to scholars
in aligned and/or related fields when constructing research proposals as one
way to create a more interdisciplinary environment. Finally, we invite
papers and panel proposals that emphasize the longue durée, particularly
those that problematize demarcations such as modern/premodern,
colonial/postcolonial, and preindustrial/industrial. As always, sessions
dealing with pre-modern, Medieval, and ancient topics are especially

The Program Committee's highest priority in evaluating paper and panel
proposals is scholarly excellence. 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 welcomes proposals from those new to SHOT,
regardless of discipline. Multinational, international, and
cross-institutional sessions are also desirable. We especially encourage
proposals from non-Western scholars.

For the 2010 meeting the Program Committee continues to encourage
unconventional sessions; that is, session formats that vary in useful ways
from the typical three/four papers with comment. These might include
round-table sessions, workshop-style sessions with papers that are
pre-circulated electronically, or "author meets critics" sessions. We also
welcome poster proposals for presentation in poster sessions. Please note
that in general we discourage panels with more than three papers.

The DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS IS 31 March 2010.  Please submit your proposals
to The Shot Program Committee.

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

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

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

Submission Instructions:
1. Materials should be sent as a single text attachment to an e-mail message
to the Program Committee Chair, Asif Siddiqi at shot.tacoma2010 at gmail.com
2. Proposals for complete sessions as well as individual papers should be
submitted in one file.
3. Please adhere to the 600-word limit for each paper. Use no unusual fonts
or special formatting, and save your attachment either as a Microsoft Word
document (.doc or .docx) or as a Rich Text Format (.rtf) file. Nearly all
word processing programs, including those used on Apple computers can save
text in the Rich Text Format. Do not use Adobe Acrobat (pdf).
4. Name your attachment with your last name and the word ‘proposal’, e.g.
5. A session organizer should also deliver a description of the overall
session.  If you are organizing a session and proposing a paper in that
session, you will be delivering both an “abstract” and “proposal”, plus your
6. If you are proposing a non-traditional session you may indicate that in
the “abstract.” These also require a curriculum vitae.

General information:
While SHOT rules exclude 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), scholars may both propose a paper and serve as
a commentator or session chair.

Generally speaking, the Program Committee discourages scholars from
presenting papers at two consecutive meetings held in North America.
Exceptions can be made for scholars traveling from overseas.  Individuals
are always welcome to serve as chairs and commentators and are encouraged to
let the Program Committee know if they are available.

For questions, please contact SHOT Secretary Bernie Carlson at
shotsecy at virginia.edu.

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