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Relays from the Society for History of Technology (SHOT) conference

For those who couldn’t attend this year’s exciting meeting, we’ve collected interesting and incisive reviews of key panels from this year’s SHOT conference, which took place October 26-29, 2017 in Philadelphia, PA. Presidential panel: Theorizing human agency and the self, by Martin Collins Playing with Technology, by Ingrid Ockert and Roger Turner Computers and Futures, by … Continue reading Relays from the Society for History of Technology (SHOT) conference

Computers and Futures

— Dick van Lente — Two panels at the conference of the Society for the History of Technology in Philadelphia, last October, were devoted to ‘Computers and futures: expectations of a future with computers in eight countries, 1945-1970.’ During the first post war decades, several scientists, politicians and intellectuals believed that electronic computers would fundamentally … Continue reading Computers and Futures

Playing with Technology

— Ingrid Ockert and Roger Turner — Play matters. Fun technologies invite participation, which can become mediums of expression for political organizing or economic engagement. Positive associations with particular technologies can guide career choices and create a better society, or so people have believed in societies from the communist Soviet Union to the United States … Continue reading Playing with Technology

Indigenous Knowledges and Technologies

— Tiago Ribeiro Duarte and Claudia Magallanes-Blanco — The idea behind convening an open panel on Indigenous Knowledges and Technologies at the Boston 4S annual meeting was to foreground a topic that has so far received very little attention in the STS literature: Little has been written on the similarities/differences between indigenous, scientific and local Western … Continue reading Indigenous Knowledges and Technologies

Relays from the 2017 4S Meeting: STS (In)Sensibilities

As a way of continuing the conversation from the conference, we are posting a select number of panel summaries that offer reviews of key presentations, raise additional questions, and ‘relay’ additional information for those who couldn’t attend: STS across Borders, by Hined Rafeh and Kim Fortun The Tools of the Trade, by Jeremy Hunsinger Historical (In)Sensibilities, by … Continue reading Relays from the 2017 4S Meeting: STS (In)Sensibilities