(Crossposted from SIGCIS-Members. European and other international
perspectives are more than welcome.)
CALL FOR PAPERS
Michael Mahoney And The Histories of Computing(s)
SIGCIS History of Computing Workshop in Memory of Michael S. Mahoney
Sunday, October 18, 2009, Hilton Hotel, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
The Society for the History of Technology's Special Interest Group for
Computers, Information and Society (SIGCIS - www.sigcis.org) welcomes
submissions for "Michael Mahoney And The Histories of Computing(s)," a
daylong workshop on the history of computing in memory of historian
Michael S. Mahoney. In keeping with Mahoney's broad historical
perspective, we encourage submissions not only about computers
themselves but also about the technologies and knowledge systems into
which computers have been embedded as well as the societies in which
they are used. Contributions directly related to Mahoney's work are
welcome but not required.
The keynote speaker, William Aspray, will discuss Mahoney's contribution
to the development of the history of computing.
The workshop will be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA on Sunday,
October 18, 2009. It will occur on the final day of the annual SHOT
meeting with sessions in the morning and afternoon.
SHOT has reserved that day for SIG events and therefore the workshop
will not overlap scheduled sessions and most other SHOT functions. It
will be held at the same site as the SHOT meeting.
SIGCIS encourages scholars of all levels and affiliations to participate.
Organized sessions and individual papers are both welcome. In keeping
with the conference theme contributions that address historiographic
issues or situate work within a particular history of computing are
particularly welcome. Individual contributions can fit one of a variety
1. Traditional 20 to 25-minute presentations followed by a question and
answer session with the SIGCIS community. In this case a one-page
abstract (maximum 400 words) will be reviewed and included in the
electronic conference program. Abstracts should address the paper's
topic, argument, evidence used, and contribution to the existing
literature. A full version of the paper should be sent to the session
commentator at least a week prior to the meeting.
2. Dissertation proposals. We hope to include a dissertations in
progress session, in which individuals will present their ongoing
dissertation work and seek feedback from the history of computing
community. In this case submit an abstract of your dissertation
proposal. The full proposal will be included in the electronic
conference program if accepted. Participants will be encouraged to read
this prior to the session. You will have five to ten minutes to
introduce the material, leaving the bulk of time available for discussion.
3. Works in progress. This is your chance to receive informal and expert
discussion of draft dissertation chapters, journal articles, or book
chapters. Submit a one-page abstract (maximum 400 words) including
discussion of the current state of the work and any specific kinds of
feedback you are seeking. If your proposal is accepted you will need to
supply the draft for discussion by 1 October for inclusion in the
electronic program for the workshop. You will have five to ten minutes
to introduce the material, leaving the bulk of time available for
4. Proposals in other formats are also welcome. For example round table
discussions, demonstrations of software of interest to historians of
computing, or "author meets critics" sessions.
SHOT presenters are encouraged to apply but must present material
significantly different from that presented in the main conference program.
Individual submissions should be made at
http://www.sigcis.org/?q=workshop09a, and must include:
1. an abstract or dissertation proposal as described above. Paste
this text into the web submission form.
2. a one-page curriculum vitae, including current e-mail addresses
as a Microsoft Word or PDF document. Upload this via the web submission
system. Use the filename AuthorLastName_vita. For example Smith_vita.
Proposals for complete sessions should be made at
http://www.sigcis.org/?q=workshop09b, and must include:
1. The name of the session and the names, email addresses and paper
titles of the presenters, organizer, chair and commentator (if applicable)
2. a one-page description (maximum 400 words) of the session that
explains how individual papers contribute to an overall theme
3. an abstract for each presenter in the form described above
4. for the each presenter and other participants (including
commentator if used) a one-page curriculum vitae. Compile as one Word or
PDF document and upload via the web submission system.
Questions should be addressed to Joseph November [november(at)sc.edu]
who is serving as program committee chair for the workshop.
The deadline for proposals is June 22, 2009. Notifications will be sent
by June 29, 2009. If you are a graduate student seeking travel funding
please submit ASAP for expedited review because the SHOT deadline for
funding is June 1.
Joseph November, Program Committee Chair
Jeffrey Tang, Local Arrangements Chair
Brent Jesiek, Internet Infrastructure
Thomas Haigh, SIG Chair