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Society for the History of Technology
Society for the History of Technology c/o Foundation for History of Tech., Eindhoven U.
Atlas Building 8.401, PO Box 513
Eindhoven 5600 MB
Phone: +31.402.474641
Email: SHOT.secretariaat@tue.nl
Website: https://www.historyoftechnology.org/


AHA Affiliated Society



Areas of Specialization: technology

Enrollment :
Degrees in History:

Areas of Specialization: technology

A. Collections and Libraries

Not applicable.

B. Programs

The Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) holds an annual meeting, usually in October, featuring papers, panels, and other programs representing ongoing research in the field of history of technology, broadly defined. For more information, please visit www.historyoftechnology.org/annual-meeting/. The annual meeting is also the location for meetings of SHOT’s Special Interest Groups, which bring together researchers from specific fields; SIGs include groups focusing on the history of engineering, history of aviation and aerospace, electricity and communications, history of computers, history of the environment, military tech, technology museums, and women and diversity in the history of technology. There is also an early-career interest group. For more information, visit www.historyoftechnology.org/special-interest-groups/.

In 1991, SHOT launched its International Scholars Program to encourage greater participation in the society by scholars outside North America, to improve communication among historians of technology around the world, and to foster an international community of scholars in the field. The program also offers encouragement to those beginning their careers and supports them in attending SHOT annual meetings. Nominees must reside outside the US and may be junior or more advanced scholars, but emphasis is given to more junior historians. Those selected for two-year terms will receive a subscription to Technology and Culture and be encouraged to apply for SHOT meeting travel grants. They also will be asked to prepare at least one paper proposal and a short description of the history of technology in their country for possible publication in the newsletter or website. A new class of International Scholars is selected each year. Self-nomination is permitted. All nominations must include a brief personal statement, list of publications and activities, and c.v. For more information, please visit www.historyoftechnology.org/about-us/international-scholars-program/.

SHOT also has programs to provide annual meeting participants (particularly graduate students and international scholars) with travel grants to support travel to SHOT’s annual meeting. For more information, please visit www.historyoftechnology.org/about-us/travel-grants/.

C. Publications

The society publishes a quarterly journal, Technology and Culture, devoted to scholarship on all aspects of technology and its interaction with society. For more information, please visit www.historyoftechnology.org/publications/technology-and-culture/. The society also publishes a digital periodic newsletter, usually in the summer, to provide information about the annual meeting and elections. SHOT also publishes a booklet series on the history of technology with Johns Hopkins University Press. For more information, please visit www.historyoftechnology.org/publications/historical-perspectives-on-technology-culture-and-society/.

D. Fellowships and Awards

The Society for the History of Technology sponsors or administers 13 prizes designed to encourage and recognize distinguished contributions to scholarship or museum exhibits in the history of technology. Application for all prizes may be made to the appropriate prize committee. Deadlines vary, but most fall between 15 January and 1 April each year. For up-to-date deadlines and details, please see the SHOT web site at www.historyoftechnology.org/about-us/awards-prizes-and-grants/.

The Leonardo de Vinci Medal is the highest recognition of the society; it is presented annually to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the history of technology, through research, teaching, publication, and other activities. A certificate accompanies the medal.

The Edelstein Prize is awarded for an outstanding book in the history of technology published during any of the three years preceding the award. Authors should arrange for three copies of their work to be sent to the committee by the publisher. The prize consists of $3,500 and a plaque.

The Abbott Payson Usher Prize was established to honor the scholarly contributions of the late Dr. Usher and to encourage the publication of original research of the highest standard. It is awarded annually to the author of the best scholarly work published during the preceding three years under the auspices of the Society for the History of Technology. The prize consists of $400 and a certificate.

The Joan Cahalin Robinson Prize is awarded annually for the best presentation at the society’s annual meeting. Those presenters who are giving their first paper at a SHOT annual meeting will be eligible for the prize. Candidates for the award are judged not only on the quality of the historical research and scholarship demonstrated but also on the effectiveness of their oral presentations. The Robinson Prize consists of a cash prize and certificate.

The Samuel Eleazar and Rose Tartakow Levinson Prize is awarded annually for an original essay in the history of technology that is the author’s first work intended for publication. The essay must explicitly examine in some detail a technology or technological device within the framework of social or intellectual history. The prize consists of a certificate and cash prize.

The Bernard S. Finn IEEE History Prize recognizes the best paper in the history of electrotechnology published in the previous year. Established by the History Committee of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), supported by the IEEE Life Members’ Fund, and administered by the society, the prize consists of $500 and a certificate. Any historical paper published in a learned journal or magazine is eligible if it treats the art or engineering aspects of electrotechnology and its practitioners. Electrotechnology encompasses power, electronics, telecommunications, and computer science. The cash portion of the prize is shared among all joint authors; individual certificates are presented to each joint author.

The Dibner Prize, made possible by grants from Bern Dibner and the Charles Edison Fund, recognizes excellence in museum exhibits that interpret the history of technology, industry, and engineering to the general public. The winning exhibit, in addition to being well designed and produced, should raise pertinent historical issues. It should be based on scholarship that is solid and current, correct, and complete in its factual content and implication. Artifacts and images should be used in a manner that interests, teaches, and stimulates both the general public and historians. Nomination procedures can be found on the SHOT web site.

The Melvin Kranzberg Award is a dissertation fellowship in honor of the memory of the co-founder of the society. The award of $4,000 will be granted to a doctoral student engaged in the preparation of a dissertation on the history of technology, broadly defined.

The Sally Hacker Prize recognizes the best popular book written in the three years preceding the award. The prize, consisting of a cash prize and certificate, recognizes books in the history of technology that are directed to a broad audience of readers, including students and the interested public. The books should assume that the reader has no prior knowledge of the subject or its method of treatment, and should provide an elucidating explanation of technological change in history, with a minimum of technical or academic prose. The book may be nominated by anyone, including the author or the book’s publisher.

The Brooke Hindle Postdoctoral Fellowship provides $10,000 in support of any purpose connected with research and writing in the history of technology for a period of not less than four months. Applicants must hold a doctorate in the history of technology or a related field. The fellowship can be held concurrently with another fellowship and is awarded every other year.

The Eugene S. Ferguson Prize is awarded every other year for outstanding and original reference work that will support future scholarship in the history of technology. Eligible materials include bibliographies, biographical dictionaries, critical editions of primary sources, exhibition catalogues, guides to the field, historical dictionaries and encyclopedias, CDs, web sites, electronic databases, and more. The prize consists of a plaque and cash prize. Material can be nominated by authors, publishers, or others.

The Martha Trescott Prize is awarded for an outstanding published historical essay in the area of women in technology (even-numbered years) or for an outstanding published essay in the area of social responsibility of engineers in history (odd-numbered years). The prize consists of a certificate and cash prize.

The NASA Fellowship in the History of Space Technology, offered by SHOT, will fund one predoctoral or postdoctoral fellow for up to one academic year, for $17,000, to undertake a research project related to the history of space technology.


Doctoral Program Information

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Directory of History Dissertations

Doctoral Program Statistics :
PhD students currently enrolled: 0
PhD applications received: 0
New PhD students: 0
% of students receiving tuition waivers: 0
% of students receiving stipends: 0


Bix, Amy S. (PHD, Johns Hopkins, 1994; ; treasurer) women in engineering, technological unemployment; abix@iastate.edu
Hecht, Gabrielle (PHD, Pennsylvania, 1992; ; vice pres.) technology; ghecht@stanford.edu
Korsten, Jan (PHD, Nijmegen, 1996; ; secretary) technology; j.w.a.korsten@tue.nl
Misa, Thomas J. (PHD, Pennsylvania, 1987; ; past pres.) interactions of technology and modern culture; tmisa@umn.edu
Mohun, Arwen Palmer (PHD, Case Western Reserve, 1992; ; pres.) technology, risk; mohun@udel.edu
Oldenziel, Ruth (PHD, Yale, 1992; ; editor; Technology and Culture) European technology, transnational technologies, sustainable urban mobility; R.Oldenziel@tue.nl