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Virtual Meeting



Sonja Beekers 
Society for the History of Technology 

SHOT Virtual Annual Meeting 2021, 18-21 November  

Join us for the Annual Meeting of the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) 2021: This will be a joint meeting with the History of Science Society (HSS). After much discussion and information-gathering, the SHOT officers, Executive Council members and SHOT New Orleans local arrangements chair decided that the 2021 meeting, originally scheduled in New Orleans, will be entirely online! 

A number of considerations factored into this decision. Most importantly, the resurgence of COVID in New Orleans and surrounding areas renders it impossible to safely offer the kind of in-person conference experience that SHOT members have come to expect. Secondly, many participants who reside outside the United States will not be able to attend even if the U.S. government lifts some travel restrictions. Questions remain about which vaccines will be considered valid. Some travelers will also face strict quarantine requirements when they return home. Many universities and other employers are restricting travel and travel funds. Those who can travel must still confront the problem of scarce and expensive airline tickets. Finally, HSS’s independent decision to move to an online format further lessens the logistical and financial feasibility of meeting in person.

Central theme of the meeting is “Environment, Infrastructure, and Social Justice”, with particular attention to the role of race and anti-Black racism in history. The Program Committee created an inspiring program. The fact that SHOT and HSS share the same virtual meeting platform allows all participants to attend regular (= that don’t require special pre-registration) SHOT and HSS sessions. As you will discover numerous joint sessions are listed in both programs.

Several people have contacted the SHOT Secretariat asking why the regular registration fee remains the same even the conference will now be online.  For purposes of transparency, here is an explanation.  The SHOT Secretary and Treasurer do a careful cost projection for each annual meeting.  Their goal is to set the registration fee so that the meeting as a whole will more or less break even financially when SHOT subsidies for the banquet and some other activities are factored in.  Moving the conference to an online format eliminates some expenses, but creates others.  Most significantly, SHOT contracts with a vendor of online platforms so that participants will have a relatively seamless experience.  The SHOT Secretariat also hires wage workers to monitor each of the online "rooms."  Because the in-person meeting was cancelled relatively close to the conference date, the Society also potentially faces significant cancellation fees from our New Orleans hotel and other vendors. The SHOT officers did make the decision cut graduate student fees in half to make the conference more accessible.

**Please note that all payment amounts listed are in US$.** 

By finalizing the registration, you accept the SHOT policies – among others the SHOT Privacy Policy – as posted on the SHOT website, and the joint SHOT and HSS regulations and Covid-19 measures for the 2021 Annual Meeting.