[SIGCIS-Members] Planning for SHOT meeting in Singapore, June 26-29, 2016

Andrew Russell arussell at stevens.edu
Mon Oct 12 18:40:16 PDT 2015

Colleagues -

It was nice to see so many of you for the SHOT and SIGCIS meetings this past weekend in Albuquerque.  From my point of view things went extraordinarily well, and I don’t have words to express how happy I am about the quality of scholarship and spirit of camaraderie that I felt throughout the weekend.  I think we all owe Nathan Ensmenger a special thanks for such a fantastic keynote presentation on computing’s  environmental history - throughout the day people were calling it powerful, moving, transformative, etc.

Also on Sunday, we celebrated the achievements of our colleagues, including:
- the ten young scholars who were awarded travel grants from MIT Press, the Computer History Museum, and the Mahoney Fund.
- Rebecca Slayton, winner of the 2015 CHM Prize for her book Arguments that Count
- David Nofre, Mark Priestley, and Gerard Alberts, winners of the inaugural Mahoney Prize for their article “When Technology Became Language”
- Sarah McLennan, winner of SHOT’s 2015 Robinson Prize for her paper “Computing and the Color Line,” presented in a session organized jointly by SIGCIS and EDITH, thanks to Marie Hicks and Ruth Cowan.

The main purpose of this message is to reinforce and amplify my call on Sunday morning for proposals for SHOT in Singapore in June 2016. SHOT will issuing its call for papers very soon, with a deadline in late 2015.  In anticipation, please be thinking about participating in one of the following ways:

1. Put forth an Open Panel Proposal for the main SHOT meeting. SHOT will place a special emphasis on “open panel” topics that SHOT will circulate widely as it publicizes the CFP.

2. Organize a Complete Panel Submission of 3 or 4 papers for the main SHOT meeting.  Please feel free to use the list or to contact me (or anyone on the SIGCIS Exec) if you want to float ideas and/or find extra panelists.

3. Submit a paper or panel for the SIGCIS 2016 Workshop that will be held, as usual, at the end of the SHOT conference in Singapore on Sunday, June 26.  We expect to issue the CFP for the SIGCIS Workshop well after the SHOT CFP is issued; watch this space in mid-November or early December for details.

As you contemplate your participation in the Singapore meeting, please keep 2 additional things in mind:

1. This is a terrific opportunity to forge new bonds with colleagues working on computing and information-related history and STS topics in  Asia and the Pacific.  To that end, if you have contacts there who have not been active in SIGCIS or SHOT, please do encourage them to join the SIGCIS list and to reach out to me if they want to join or help organize a session.

2. If you are in North America or Europe, try not to be too put off by the expense of the trip - particularly if you are in the early stages of your career.  SHOT and SIGCIS have been raising funds for this conference for some time, and the generosity of our communities has been nothing short of inspiring.  Travel support will be available!

In summary: SHOT and SIGCIS 2015 were fantastic; it’s now up to us to make SHOT and SIGCIS 2016 even better.  Please get in touch with me (or the list) if you have questions, suggestions, etc. about making the most of our opportunities at the Singapore meeting!


Andy Russell

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