[SIGCIS-Members] Fwd: Fwd: Society for the History of Technology CFP, October 2017

Alana Staiti alana.staiti at gmail.com
Sun Feb 26 15:45:11 PST 2017


I am writing to see if anyone would be interested in participating in an
unconventional session whose topic (perhaps ironically) addresses
non-participation. Considering the meeting's theme of "technology,
democracy, and participation," I and some others were wondering whether an
intersectionally inflected session on non-participation would raise useful
and timely conversations for SHOT audiences. I initially put out the call
through the EDITH list serve, so please excuse the redundancy if you've
already received an earlier version of this message.

Participants would discuss the topic of non-participation in the context of
their research (in terms of the non participation of one's actors, whether
human or non-human, but also possibly in terms of research method), or they
may choose to address the theme in another way. Some topical suggestions

- Non-participation as social responsibility or political (in)action in
history of technology and STS contexts writ large
- Histories of radical scientists, engineers, technologists, machines,
organisms, techno-scientific projects, etc...
- Technological breakdown / refusal / resistance and critiques of repair
studies and its privileging of the status quo
- Questions of agency and inaction
- Other things ?

The unconventional session may take the form of a workshop or a story slam
featuring creative history writing, or another format that you or your
colleagues suggest! (in other words, if you have an opinion, please weigh

If this theme interests you or anyone you know, please feel free to reach
out off-list.

Many thanks in advance,
Alana Staiti
PhD Candidate
Science & Technology Studies
Cornell University | Ithaca, NY

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From: Andrew Russell <arussell at arussell.org>
Date: Mon, Feb 6, 2017 at 9:38 AM
Subject: [SIGCIS-Members] Fwd: Society for the History of Technology CFP,
October 2017
To: members <members at sigcis.org>

Dear friends -

In case you did not receive the message below from SHOT, I am forwarding it
to bring it to your attention.  In past years, SIGCIS has served as a
“sponsor” for panel submissions for the main SHOT conference.  If you are
going to submit a panel and would like the SIGCIS seal of approval, please
contact me.  Also, individual scholars can and should use this mailing list
to float ideas and recruit panelists.  If you’re feeling shy, or want some
feedback/suggestions before reaching out to the whole list, please feel
free to contact me.

Finally, SIGCIS will continue its tradition of hosting a Sunday workshop on
the final day of the SHOT conference - this year, the date is October 29,
2017.  We will issue a call for papers in the coming months, so please keep
that in mind.  And if you are craving more SIGCIS in the meantime, stay
tuned for the program and other announcements related to the SIGCIS meeting
at the Computer History Museum on March 18-19, 2017!



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*From: *Society for the History of Technology <shot.secretariaat at tue.nl>
*Subject: **Society for the History of Technology Event*
*Date: *February 3, 2017 at 1:04:06 AM EST
*To: *arussell at arussell.org
*Reply-To: *shot.secretariaat at tue.nl

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*2 februari 2017*

*Annual Meeting - Philadelphia (Pennsylvania, USA) *
*26-29 October 2017*

*Call for Papers and Sessions*

The Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) is an interdisciplinary
and international organization concerned not only with the history of
technological devices and processes but also with technology in history and
society. We explore the production, circulation, appropriation, maintenance
and abandonment of technology under specific historical circumstances. And
we scrutinize the epistemic, economic, social, cultural and political
conditions of this development. Our approaches are informed by a broad
concept of technology encompassing knowledge resources, practices,
artefacts and biofacts, i.e. artefacts in the realm of the living.
Accordingly, the Program Committee invites paper and session proposals on
any topic in a broadly defined history of technology, including topics that
push the boundaries of the discipline. Submitters are encouraged to propose
sessions that include a diverse mix of participants: multinational origins,
gender, graduate students and junior scholars with senior scholars,
significantly diverse institutional affiliations, etc.

To pay tribute to the venue of the 2017 annual meeting - Philadelphia,
where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were signed - we
want to encourage proposals that engage topics related to technology,
democracy and participation. The birthplace of the oldest participatory
democracy is the ideal setting for reflecting on, and interrogating, the
overlapping subjects of technology, democracy, and participation.
Philadelphia was not only the first capital of the United States, but also
an early capital of industrialization and the accompanying transformations
of work, skill, creation and maintenance, all of which continue to shape
modern participation in the world. Commercial systems, slave economies, and
immigration patterns developed locally alongside complex technologies of
production and infrastructure in Philadelphia. Industrialization also led
to an era of increased human intervention in the environment, now referred
to as the Anthropocene. City and region participated in the cyclical
expansion and contraction of global trade and supply chains of commodities,
labor, and cultures. As other urban and rural, industrialized and
agricultural polities have historically contended with similar forces of
change, and transnational networks have carried the impacts of
modernization agendas to both willing and unwilling communities, the
cultural embrace of technology, notions of democracy, and ideologies of
participation have played out in myriad ways around the world. These
cultural commitments and their interactions, as seen in Philadelphia's
history and across a wide range of other global settings, thus form an
appropriate theme for the 2017 SHOT meeting.

*For the 2017 meeting the Program Committee welcomes proposals of three
* *Traditional sessions *of 3 or 4 papers, with a chair and a
commentator. Deadline:
March 31, 2017.
* *Unconventional sessions*, with formats that diverge in useful ways from
the typical 3 or 4 papers with comment. These might include round-table
sessions and workshop-style sessions with pre-circulated papers. Deadline:
March 31, 2017.
* *Open sessions*: Individuals interested in finding others to join panel
sessions for the Annual Meeting may propose Open Sessions, started January
20, with a final deadline of March 15. Open Sessions descriptions, along
with organizer contact information, will appear as soon as possible on the
SHOT website. (The earlier the proposal, the earlier it will be posted to
the website.) To join a proposed panel from the Open Sessions list, contact
the organizer for that panel, not the Program Committee. Open Session
organizers will then assemble full panel sessions and submit them to SHOT
by the end of the regular call for papers on March 31, 2017. The Program
Committee will review the resulting fully formed session proposals, whether
traditional or unconventional, for quality and adherence to SHOT standards
of gender, geographic, and institutional diversity.
* In special cases, proposals for individual papers will be considered, but
the Program Committee will give preference to organized sessions, either
Traditional or Untraditional. Those scholars who might ordinarily propose
an individual paper are instead requested to propose Open Sessions
themselves or to join an Open Session that is posted between January 15 and
March 15.

SHOT allows paper presentations at consecutive meetings but rejects
submissions of papers that are substantially the same as previous accepted
submissions. Submissions covering the same fundamental topic should explain
the difference(s) with the prior presentation.
The SHOT Executive Council is formulating its response to US Presidential
measures to restrict access to the United States for select foreign
nationals, including to our annual meeting. Please keep an eye open for
this statement and, if possible, do not be discouraged from submitting a
paper by the current situation.

*For more information on preparing and submitting a proposal *
please visit the SHOT website at

*The deadline for proposals is 31 March 2017, but please see special
instructions for Open Sessions*

Please forward this call!

Jan Korsten
Society for the History of Technology
Society for the History of Technology, Jan Korsten, Po box 513,
TU/e IPO building 2.31, Eindhoven, Netherlands 5600 MB Netherlands
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