International Scholars Program
Each year the Society for the History of Technology designates up to four International Scholars for a two-year term. The International Scholars program is administered by the Internationalization Committee.
Background and Mission
In 1992 the Society for the History of Technology inaugurated the International Scholars program with these goals:
- Foster a stronger international community for the study of the history of technology
- Strengthen the society's role as an international society for the history of technology
- Identify and help non-U.S. historians of technology participate in the meetings and governance of the Society
- Provide formal recognition for the work of non-U.S. historians of technology so that their respective governments and national academic communities might provide greater support for their society-related activities
- Afford special recognition for younger, non-U.S. scholars as they begin their careers in the history of technology
- Foster an international network of scholars in the history of technology that will benefit all members of the society
Benefits and Support
International Scholars shall receive regular SHOT membership at no cost during their two-year term. At each annual meeting, SHOT will host a special gathering to welcome current International Scholars, introduce them to SHOT officers, and discuss with them SHOT's international outreach and the international intellectual dimensions of our field.
International Scholars will participate in an email discussion list of all current International Scholars and the Internationalization Committee. Through the list International Scholars can seek support in writing paper abstracts for SHOT's annual meeting and other activities in their task as ambassadors for the Society.
As a condition of appointment, SHOT requires International Scholars to submit at least one paper proposal for SHOT's annual meeting during their two-year term. While paper proposals from International Scholars will not automatically be accepted for the annual meeting, SHOT encourages the program committee to give these proposals special consideration.
SHOT also requires International Scholars to submit a travel grant application for each of the two SHOT annual meetings during the two years of their appointment. International Scholars receive highest priority for SHOT funding. Travel grant funds will help pay for travel expenses for International Scholars to attend the annual meeting and for basic conference registration, although not for lodging. For more information, please check the SHOT Travel Grant information page, available by link from either the SHOT annual meeting web page or the SHOT awards web page.
To inform the SHOT community about the state and developments of the history of technology in their regions, progress in disseminating information about the Society and stimulating scholarly activities in the history of technology, International Scholars commit themselves to at least one publication in the SHOT Newsletter or on the SHOT web site.
2017 Internationalization Committee
|Keith Breckenridge (2015-2017)
University of the Witwatersrand
|Clapperton Mavhunga (2017–2019)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
|Yao Dazhi (2016-2018)
Chinese Academy of Sciences
|Dagmar Schaefer (2015-2017)
Max Planck Institute
|Philipp Lehmann (2016–2018)
Max Planck Institute
|Jenny L. Smith, Chair (2016-2018)
Georgia Institute of Technology
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