History of Technology

History of Technology

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The Society for the History of Technology invites researchers regardless of primary discipline to submit their papers for presentation at its Annual Meeting to be held in a conference format on June 22-26, 2016 in Singapore.

The Program Committee invites proposals on any topic in a broadly defined history of technology. The Committee welcomes proposals for complete sessions or individual papers from researchers at all levels and regardless of primary discipline.

The following panel sessions deserve special attention:

Engineers in the Archive – a panel session devoted to the relationship between scientists and historians. The focus of the session is on the following themes: archiving and study of documents related to research & development and inventions; distortion of knowledge about technological advances because of the lack of primary sources and the problem of archival silences in the history of technology; the use of archival and historical materials in educating scientists and engineers; the use of digital methods and resources to engage engineers, undergraduate students, and/or the public on central issues of history and technology… See more

Imagination/Meaning: Technological Dreamscapes, Fictions, and Futures– a panel session focused on imaginaries, visions, projections, and predictions for technology. What is the relationship between imagination, technology, and meaning? How does imagination influence technology and its transformation? How do fictional and artistic representations of technology differ across time and space? How do national imaginaries, or sociotechnical imaginaries, influence national research and development programs? What is the role of imagination in technological optimism and pessimism? See more

For general information on the Conference, click here.

The Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) is dedicated to the historical study of technology and its relations with politics, economics, labor, business, the environment, public policy, science, and the arts. Founded in 1958, SHOT now numbers around 1,500 members. It meets annually in North America or Europe and also sponsors smaller conferences focused on specialized topics, often jointly with other scholarly societies and organizations.


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