[SIGCIS-Members] SIGCIS events at SHOT -- summary

Thomas Haigh thaigh at computer.org
Tue Oct 8 21:47:15 PDT 2013

Hello SIGCIS members,

Here is our traditional roundup of all activities related to SIGCIS or the
interests of our community at the forthcoming SHOT meeting in Portland,
Maine. We should have particularly good representation this year because the
IEEE Annals of the History of Computing is holding its board meeting in
conjunction with SHOT.

This year SIGCIS has sponsored four panels accepted for the main conference,
and is running our usual full day workshop on Sunday. I noticed nine further
sessions in the main meeting program with at least one paper directly
related to the history of information technology. That all helps to make the
history of information technology the largest single area at this year’s
meeting, according to figures presented by SHOT in the draft report we were
recently discussing. 

All details below are taken from the SHOT online program, which at the time
of writing does not include room assignments. The paper version distributed
when you register should have an updated version.

Best wishes,



** SIGCIS Sponsored or Organized Events **

10. Analog History: The Forgotten Post-WWII World of Analog Computing

Friday, 10:30-12:30

Organizer & Commentator: Thomas Haigh (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee)

Chair: JoAnne Yates (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

·         David Brock (Chemical Heritage Foundation): Oil Exploration,
Automation, and Bits: Pasadena Chemical Instrumentation Firms and the
Electronic Computer Industry in the 1950s

·         David Hemmendinger (Union College): COMIC: An Analog Computer in
the Colorant Industry

·         Chuck House (InnovaScapes Institute): Digitizing Measurements: A
Difficult Transition for Instrument Companies?

·         Peter Sachs Collopy (University of Pennsylvania): Digitizing
Video: Synthesis,Computerization, and Experimental Art Other SHOT Panels
with Related Materials

SIGCIS Lunch, 12:30-2:00 Friday

Paid with registration - $26 regular, $13 for graduate students.

17. Gender and Computing: International Perspectives

Friday, 2:00-3:30

Organizers: Corinna Schlombs (Rochester Institute of Technology) and Marie
Hicks (Illinois Institute of Technology)

Chair: Janet Abbate (Virginia Polytechnic Institute)

Commentator: Laine Nooney (Stony Brook University)

·         Corinna Schlombs (Rochester Institute of Technology): Built on the
Hands of Women: OfficeAutomation and Women’s Work

·         Marie Hicks (Illinois Institute of Technology ): The Invisible
Logic of Technocracy: Feminization, Reskilling, and Governance in British
Computing, 1944–1979

·         Helena Durnova (Masaryk University): Did Gender Not Matter? Lives
of Prominent Female Programmers in Czechoslovakia

42. The Computational Turn in the Histories of Technology (President's

Saturday, 4:00-5:30

Note to attendees: This is a practical workshop on the “digital humanities.”
Please bring a laptop.

Organizers: Charles Berret (Columbia University) and Kevin Gotkin
(University of Pennsylvania)


·         Charles Berret (Columbia University)

·         Kevin Gotkin (University of Pennsylvania)

47. Gaming the History of Technology

Saturday, 4:00-5:30

Organizer: Laine Nooney (Stony Brook University) and Jacob Gaboury (New York

Chair: Marie Hicks (Illinois Institute of Technology)

Commentator: TBA

·         Jacob Gaboury (New York University) [Robinson Prize Candidate]:
Image Objects: Early Experiments in 3D Computer Graphics

·         Laine Nooney (Stony Brook University): Competition or Camaraderie?
A Cultural History of the Early 1980s West Coast Microcomputer Game Software

·         Raiford Guins (Stony Brook University): Design and Designation:
The History of a Curious Appellation for an Analog Computer Tennis
Simulation (Or, How Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Tennis Programming No.
EH1–900–1-3 aka Tennis for Two Got Its Name)


** 2013 SIGCIS Workshop, All Day Sunday **

Theme: Old Ideas: Recomputing the History of Information Technology

Full details at www.sigcis.org/workshop13. 

Kennebec Room (all plenary events held here)

Lincoln Room

9:00 - 10:30

 <http://www.sigcis.org/node/381#opening> Opening Plenary

*	Introduction to Workshop and of Keynote Speaker by Thomas Haigh,
University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee (SIGCIS Chair & workshop organizer)
*	Keynote Address, William Aspray, University of Texas at Austin, “In
Search of the Many Histories of Information”


Coffee Break

Including presentation of the Computer History Museum Prize, by Jonathan
Coopersmith, Texas A&M University, to the author of an outstanding book on
the history of computing, broadly conceived.


 <http://www.sigcis.org/node/381#newwine> New Wine in Old Bottles? Tensions
Between Computer Science and Traditional Disciplines

Organizer: Janet Abbate, Virginia Tech
Chair: Chuck House, InnovaScapes Institute
Commentator: Joseph November, University of South Carolina

*	Janet Abbate, Virginia Tech, <http://www.sigcis.org/node/381#abbate>
“Old Disciplines and New Infrastructures: Constructing Computer Science in
the 1960s”
*	Pierre Mounier-Kuhn, CNRS & Université Paris-Sorbonne,
<http://www.sigcis.org/node/381#kuhn> “’Une Science Encore Incertaine’: The
Emergence of Computer Science in France (1955-2000)”
*	Irina Nikiforova, Higher School of Economics (Saint-Petersburg),
<http://www.sigcis.org/node/381#nikiforova> "Competing Visions of New
Science: Computer Science Journals in the US and Russia, 1945-1970"

(3x20 minute presentations followed by a 10-15 minute comment and general

 <http://www.sigcis.org/node/381#oldideas> Old Ideas on Control and

Chair: James Gallo, Science & Technology Policy Institute
Commentator: John Laprise, Northwestern University in Qatar

*	Julie Cohn, University of Houston,
<http://www.sigcis.org/node/381#cohn> “’The old was analog. The new was
digital’: transitions from the analog to the digital domain in electric
power systems.”
*	Christopher Leslie, New York University,
<http://www.sigcis.org/node/381#leslie> “A Missing Link: Placing
International Teleprinter Networks into the Prehistory of the Internet”
*	Joy Rankin, Yale University,
<http://www.sigcis.org/node/381#rankin> “The Time-Sharing Movement: Building
Educational Computing Networks in Minnesota 1965-75”

(3x20 minute presentations followed by a 10-15 minute comment and general


Lunch with IEEE History Committee

Details to be announced, and will be added here.


 <http://www.sigcis.org/node/381#workin> Work in Progress

Session Leader: Andrew Russell, Stevens Institute of Technology

*	Bernadette Longo, New Jersey Institute of Technology,
<http://www.sigcis.org/node/381#longo>  “Giant Brains, or Machines That
Think." Book chapter in progress (
<http://www.sigcis.org/files/ws2013Longo.pdf> fullext online here).
*	Trevor Croker, Virginia Tech,
<http://www.sigcis.org/node/381#croker>  “Cloud Computing and the
Physicality of the Internet.” Dissertation in progress (
<http://www.sigcis.org/files/ws2013Croker.pdf> fulltext online here).
*	Jacob Gaboury, New York University,
<http://www.sigcis.org/node/381#gaboury> “Image Objects: Computer Graphics
at the University of Utah Dissertation chapter in progress (
<http://www.sigcis.org/files/ws2013Gaboury_Text.pdf> text online here,
figures in  <http://www.sigcis.org/files/ws2013Gaboury_SmallFigures.pdf> low
(2MB) and  <http://www.sigcis.org/files/ws2013Gaboury_Figures.pdf> high
(13MB) quality).
*	Thomas Haigh, University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee,
<http://www.sigcis.org/node/381#haigh> "Actually, Turing Didn't Invent the
Computer." Column in progress for Communications of the ACM (
<http://www.sigcis.org/files/ws2013Haigh.pdf> text online here).

(Short presentations, approx 5 minutes each, to introduce precirculated
papers, to be discussed in turn by workshop participants)

 <http://www.sigcis.org/node/381#oldideas2> Old Ideas and New Technologies

Chair: Lars Heide, Copenhagen Business School
Commentator: Steven W. Usselman, Georgia Tech

*	Barbara Hahn, Texas Tech University,
<http://www.sigcis.org/node/381#hahn> “Punch Cards and Industrial Control:
Old Devices with New Relevance”
*	Mary E. Hopper, Digital Den Inc.,
<http://www.sigcis.org/node/381#hopper> “Wisdom from Athena: A Paradigm for
*	Rebecca Elizabeth Skinner,  <http://www.sigcis.org/node/381#skinner>
“The Impasse and the Breakthrough: The Pregnant Pause of the early 1950s,
and the Birth of Artificial Intelligence Computing”
*	Ulf Hashagen, Deutsches Museum,  (Withdrawn)

(4x20 minute presentations followed by a 10-15 minute comment and general


Coffee Break



 <http://www.sigcis.org/node/381#anancient> An Ancient Continent as a New
Frontier: Discovering that Computing has a History in Asia (Closing Plenary)

Chair:Jeffrey Yost, University of Minnesota (Charles Babbage Institute)
Commentator: James W. Cortada, University of Minnesota (Charles Babbage

*	Ross Bassett, North Carolina State University,
<http://www.sigcis.org/node/381#bassett> “Rethinking the Victorian Internet:
The Mahratta and the Rise of Technological Nationalism in Poona, India,
*	Ramesh Subramanian, Quinnipiac University,
<http://www.sigcis.org/node/381#subramanian> “Old Ideas: BBSs and the
Emergence of Online Communities in India”
*	Ling-Fei Lin, Cornell University,
<http://www.sigcis.org/node/381#lin> “The Origins of Laptop Contract
Manufacturing in Taiwan and the Transnational Learning Years, 1988-2001”

(3x20 minute presentations followed by a 10-15 minute comment and general


Time to recover


Meet in the lobby of the conference hotel to walk to an optional group
dinner in a neaby restaurant. Details to be announced. This is at your own
expense, but we traditionally cover half of the cost for graduate students.




A great representation for the history of information technology this year
elsewhere on the SHOT program, in panels proposed by others or assembled by
the program committee from papers submitted individually.

8. Expertise, Efficiency, Entertainment? Educational Technology in the
United States, 1930–2000
Friday, 10:30-12:30

Organizer & Chair: Victoria Cain (Northeastern University)

Commentator: Amy Slaton (Drexel University)

·         Victoria Cain (New York University) [Robinson Prize Candidate]:
Constructing Teachers Through Technology, 1930–1960

·         Meryl Alper (University of Southern California) [Robinson Prize
Candidate]: ‘Can Our Kids Hack It With Computers?’: Making Hacking
“Family-Friendly,” 1983–1987

·         Rebecca Onion (Philadelphia Area Center for History of Science)
[Robinson Prize Candidate]: Playing the Environment: Advocacy and Web-Based
Video Games in Contemporary American Children’s Culture

23. Computers for What?

Saturday, 8:30-10:00

Chair and Commentator: Lars Heide (Copenhagen Business School)

·         Irina Nikiforova (Higher School of Economics): Evaluating
Technical Contributions in Computing: Peer Review and the Challenges Faced
by ACM Scientists and Engineers

·         Chigusa Kita (Kansai University): Governmental Role, Universities,
and Users’ Demand for Scientific Computing in Japan, 1963–1970

·         Andrea Sartori (University of Florence) [Robinson Prize
Candidate]: Histories of Digitization: A Multiple Narrative Approach to
Technological Innovation in Cultural Heritage

27. Once Upon a Time

Saturday, 8:30-10:00

Chair and Commentator: Sheldon Hochheiser (IEEE History Center)

·         Katherine McFadden (University of South Carolina) [Robinson Prize
Candidate]: From Cars to Cars: Industry Innovation in Computer Graphics

·         William Rankin (Yale University) [Robinson Prize Candidate]:
Technoglobalism Before GPS:Geographic Universalism and the Teleology of
Satellite Navigation

·         Peter Schaefer (Marymount Manhattan College): Inventing Network
Neutrality, 1973–1985

28. Integrating SHOT SIG Concerns into the Teaching of History of
Technology: Rethinking Modes of Instruction in Diverse Communities
(President's Roundtable)

Saturday 10:30-12:30

Organizers: Honghong Tinn (National University of Singapore) and Francesca

(University of Edinburgh)

Chair: Ann Johnson (University of South Carolina)

·         Anna Åberg (Royal Institute of Technology)

·         Gregory Clancey (National University of Singapore)

·         Marie Hicks (Illinois Institute of Technology)

·         Ann Johnson (University of South Carolina)

·         Geoff D. Zylstra (City University of New York)

32. Ocular Regimes

Saturday 10:30-12:30

Chair & Commentator: Andreas Fickers (University of Maastricht)

·         Heloise Finch-Boyer (National Maritime Museum, UK) [Robinson Prize
Candidate]: Pioneers or Pirates? International Innovation vs. British
Government Authority in the Development of Electronic Sea Charts, 1975–2000

·         Lan Xuan Le (University of California, Santa Barbara) [Robinson
Prize Candidate]: Scanners and the History of Technologized Vision

·         Luke Stadel (Northwestern University) [Robinson Prize Candidate]:
Two-Way Television and the Media Interface

·         Marissa Petrou (University of California, Los Angeles) [Robinson
Prize Candidate]: Reduction and Reproduction: Anthropological Imaging
Techniques in the Kaiserreich

34. Lay Expertise

Saturday: 10:30-12:30

Chair & Commentator: Wendy Kline (University of Cincinnati)

·         James Risk (University of South Carolina) [Robinson Prize
Candidate]: Lemuel Moody and the Portland Observatory: A Case Study of
Knowledge Production and Transfer in the Early United States

·         Royline Williams-Fontenelle (University of Oklahoma) [Robinson
Prize Candidate]: Slave Houses, Slave Ingenuity, and the Antiguan Sugar
Plantation, 1770–1843

·         Chris Conway and Chen-Pang Yeang (University of Toronto):
Organizing Hobbyists’ Experiments: From Ham Radio to Homebrew Computers

·         Timothy Minella (University of South Carolina) [Robinson Prize
Candidate]: The Republic of Farmers: Technology and Agriculture in the Early
United States

36. New Conceptual Toolkits

Saturday 2:00-3:30

Chair and Commentator: Ron Kline (Cornell University)

·         Nathan Ensmenger (Indiana University): Toward an Environmental
History of Computing

·         Terje Finstad (Norwegian University of Science and Technology):
Naked Genes Humanizing Salmon: Reassembling a Natural Biotechnology in the
Age of Publics

·         Greg Siegel (University of California, Santa Barbara): Clues in
the Wreckage: On the Forensic Utility of Catastrophes

37. Epistemologies of Information Management

Saturday 2:00-3:30

Commentator & Chair: Andrew Russell (Stevens Institute of Technology)

·         Gemma Cirac Claveras (Centre Alexander Koyré) [Robinson Prize
Candidate]: From the Ground to Space (and Back Again): Some Epistemological
Questions on the Fabrication of Satellite Data

·         Rachel Ivy Clarke (University of Washington Information School)
[Robinson Prize Candidate]: The Power of the Card Catalog: Affordances,
Evolution, and Identity in American Librarianship

·         Craig Robertson (Northeastern University): ‘The Segregation and
Housing of Not Bound’: The Filing Cabinet and Early-20th-Century Information

44. Visual Renditions

Saturday 4:00-5:30

Chair: Julie Wosk (State University of New York, Maritime College)

Commentary by the Audience

·         Meghan Chandler (University of California, Irvine) [Robinson Prize
Candidate]: Life in Plastic: Celluloid Acetate and Technologies of

·         Tony Liao (Cornell University) and Caroline S. Jack (Cornell
University) [Robinson Prize

·         Candidate]: Historical Perspectives on Computing Technology in
Contemporary Debates about Augmented Reality

·         Daniella Perry (University of California, Los Angeles) [Robinson
Prize Candidate]: Expert Testimonial Discourse in Early Video Game CD-Rom


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