Society for the History of Technology
The Society for the History of Technology, or SHOT, is the primary professional society for historians of technology. SHOT owes its existence largely to the efforts of Professor Melvin Kranzberg (1917-1995). A co-founder and its eleventh president was Eugene S. Ferguson. Founded in 1958, its flagship publication is the journal Technology and Culture. Technology and Culture was edited by Kranzberg until 1981; he was succeeded by Robert C. Post until 1995 and John M. Staudenmaier from 1996 until 2010. The current editor is Suzanne Moon at the University of Oklahoma. SHOT is an affiliate of the American Council of Learned Societies and the American Historical Association and publishes a joint booklet series with the AHA, Historical Perspectives on Technology, Society, and Culture, under the co-editorship of Pamela Long and Robert C. Post. Pamela Long is the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant for 2014. The history of technology was traditionally linked to economic history and history of science, but its interactions are now equally strong with environmental history, gender history, business history, and labor history. SHOT annually awards two book prizes, the Edelstein Prize and the Hacker Prize, as well as the Kranzberg Dissertation Fellowship and the Brooke Hindle Postdoctoral Fellowship. Its highest award is the Leonardo da Vinci Medal. Recipients of the medal include Kranzberg, Ferguson, Post, Staudenmaier, Bart Hacker, and Brooke Hindle. In 1968 Kranzberg was also instrumental in the founding of a sister society, the International Committee for the History of Technology (ICOHTEC) in 1968. The two societies complement each other.
- 2006 − Las Vegas, NV − October 12 - 14
- 2007 − Washington, D.C. − October 17 - 21
- 2008 − Lisbon, Portugal − October 11 - 14
- 2009 − Pittsburgh, PA − October 15 - 19
- 2010 - Tacoma, WA − September 29 - October 4
- 2011 - Cleveland, OH − November 2 - 6
- 2012 - Copenhagen, Denmark − October 4 - 7
- 2013 − Portland, ME - October 10 - 13
- 2014 - Detroit, MI - November 6 - 9
- 2015 - Albuquerque, NM - October 7 - 11
- 2016 - Singapore - June 23 - 27
David A. Hounshell, "Eugene S. Ferguson, 1916-2004,Technology and Culture 45 (2004):911-921.
Robert C. Post, "Back at the Start: History and the History of Technology," Technology and Culture 51 (2010): 961-94.
Robert C. Post, "Chance and Contingency: Putting Mel Kranzberg in Context," Technology and Culture 50 (2009): 839-72.
Robert C. Post, "'A Very Special Relationship': SHOT and the Smithsonian's Museum of History and Technology," Technology and Culture 42 (2001): 401-35).
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