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13 November, 2022 at 1:00 PM CEST

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Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, 500 Canal Street in New Orleans



Sonja Beekers 
Society for the History of Technology 

SHOT Annual Meeting 2022, 10-13 November  

New Orleans

New Orleans. The name alone conjures a host of images: exotic food, magnificent architecture, distinct music and dialects, and devastating hurricanes. Playwright Tennessee Williams famously labeled it the last frontier of Bohemia. For some, it is the most European of  U.S.  cities. For others, it is the northern most Caribbean port.

Nicknamed the Crescent City because of its rather unique geography—the Mississippi River curves deeply around its urbanized core—New Orleans is a vital commercial center for both domestic and global trade and consistently ranks as a top destination for national and international tourists. Located near the mouth of the continent’s largest river, its port provides access to thirty-plus major inland hubs via 14,000 miles of waterways, six Class 1 railroads, and interstate roads. 

The city’s substantial cultural and economic presence belies its precarious environmental and social realities, however. Founded as a French colonial capital in 1718 on a deltaic lobe formed nearly two thousand years after the great pyramids of Giza were built, its residents have waged a constant battle to hold the surrounding water at bay. Today, nearly half of New Orleans exists below sea level. Indeed, the channelization of the Mississippi River, coupled with the vast pumping system constructed to drain storm water from the interior bowl created by the levees, has deprived the landscape of the sediment that a naturally overflowing river provides. The result is an actively sinking city, despite the injection of billions in federal post-Hurricane Katrina recovery aid. And with nearly twenty percent of its citizens, 60 percent of whom are people of color, living at or below the poverty line, New Orleans remains one of the nation’s poorest metropolitan areas, a grim reminder of its past status as the largest slave market in North America. Moreover, the 85-mile corridor of petrochemical and plastic refineries and plants above New Orleans, many of which are located on former sugar plantations, is widely reported to have some of America’s highest levels of cancer-causing chemicals in the air.

To assert that New Orleans has a troubled, dichotomous history is to state the obvious. And yet she persists, a fabled, hemispheric crossroads with an unmatched joie de vivre.

Meeting Venue 2022

Main meeting venue will be the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, 500 Canal Street in New Orleans. 

Between Wedensday 9 November and Monday 14 November hotel rooms are available for the special SHOT Annual Meeting rate of $199 per night.

We sincerely hope that we will finally be able to meet with you all in person this year, if the situation commands that we will go virtual your registration will automatically be transferred to a virtual platform.

**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, our refund policy, and our Covid-19 Policy – as posted on the SHOT website.


Information about tours (walking tours, museum visits, etc.) is not yet availalbe, among others due to the evolving Covid-19 situation. We expect to have more information about the tour program in September. We will forward this information, with a link to book tours, to everybody that already registered for our annual meeting.