The organizers of the Society for the History of Technology's annual
conference would like to encourage scholars working in the field of
historical media studies to consider participating in the 2006 SHOT
Conference in Las Vegas.  The CFP follows.

If anyone has any questions, feel free to email me <[log in to unmask]> or
Jen Light, the program committee chair <[log in to unmask]>.

2006 Annual Meeting of the Society for the History of Technology
Call for Papers

The Society for the History of Technology will hold its annual meeting in
Las Vegas, Nevada, October 12-16, 2006.  The Program Committee is seeking
proposals for both individual papers and complete panels.  Proposals from
those new to SHOT are welcome, regardless of discipline.

As usual, the Program Committee invites paper and panel proposals on any
topic in the history of technology, broadly defined.  Of special interest
for 2006 are proposals that engage with the following themes:

1. Technology, Games, and Entertainment
2. Technology, Race, and Ethnicity
3. Conversations between History of Technology and other Disciplines

For the 2006 meeting the Program Committee is also encouraging
unconventional sessions, that is, session formats that vary in useful ways
from the typical three/four papers with comment.  These might include (but
are not limited to) sessions with no formal commentator, workshop-style
sessions with papers that are pre-circulated electronically, or ³author
meets critics² sessions.

The Program Committee's highest priority in evaluating paper and panel
proposals is scholarly excellence. In evaluating panel proposals the Program
Committee is especially interested in sessions that team established and
younger scholars, and/or draw participants from multiple institutions and
multiple countries.

The deadline for proposals is March 15, 2006. Please submit your proposals
to [log in to unmask]  <mailto:[log in to unmask]>  See below for
proposal guidelines and submission instructions.

Guidelines for Proposals:

Proposals for individual papers must include:
--A one-page abstract (maximum 600 words) indicating the paper topic,
argument(s) made, and evidence base used
--A one-page c.v.
--A completed AV equipment request form (available on the SHOT website

Proposals for complete sessions must include:
--A description of the session that explains how individual papers
contribute to an overarching theme
--A list of the presenters' names and paper titles
--For each presenter, a one-page abstract (maximum 600 words) indicating the
paper topic, argument(s) made, and evidence base used, as well as a one-page
--For the commentator (if any), chair, and session organizer (if s/he is not
one of the session¹s panelists), a one-page c.v.
--For each presenter, a completed AV equipment request form (available on
the SHOT website)
--Panel proposals sponsored by any SHOT Special Interest Group should be
clearly indicated

Submission Instructions:
--Materials should be sent in a single email message to
[log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>  with electronic
copies of all elements of the complete proposal as attachments, formatted in
Microsoft Word (any version of Word is fine, but it must be in Word).
 --Whether submitting an individual paper or a complete panel, the program
chair needs to receive a separate attachment for each item (c.v., proposal,
and AV request form).
 --Please save your proposal with your last name and the word ³proposal²
(for example, ³brown.proposal.doc²)
 --Please save your c.v. also with your last name and the word ³vitae² (for
example, ³brown.vitae.doc²)
  --In case of a panel, please save each individual abstract and c.v. with
the presenter¹s last name and the word ³abstract² or ³vitae² (for example,
³brown.abstract.doc² and ³brown.vitae.doc²)

General information:
-While SHOT rules exclude multiple submissions (i.e. submitting more than
one individual paper proposal, or proposing both an individual paper and a
paper as part of a session), scholars may both propose a paper and serve as
a commentator or session chair.
-Since SHOT 2007 will be the organization¹s 50th anniversary celebration,
scholars interested in presenting work on the history of SHOT are asked to
defer those submissions until next year.  Presenting at the 2006 meeting
will not rule out presenting in 2007, as SHOT is waiving its customary rule
preventing scholars from presenting at two consecutive domestic meetings.

-Please note that due to cost factors, SHOT cannot guarantee the
availability of digital projectors for all sessions. Those with access to
projectors are encouraged to bring their own, and to let the Program
Committee know if they might have equipment to share.  For more information
about AV equipment, please see the online AV request form.
-Additional information about the 2006 meeting can be found online at

-For questions about the program themes, submission guidelines, or any other
aspects of the Call for Papers, please email Jen Light, Program Committee
Chair: [log in to unmask] 

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