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SOCIETY FOR INDUSTRIAL ARCHEOLOGY 51st ANNUAL CONFERENCE
JUNE 7-11, 2023
GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN
The Society for Industrial Archeology invites proposals for presentations and poster displays at the 51st Annual Confer-
ence in Grand Rapids, Michigan, June 7-11, 2023. The presentation sessions will be held at the conference hotel, the
Embassy Suites – Grand Rapids Downtown, on Saturday, June 9, 2023.
We invite presentations on all topics related to industrial archeology, history of technology, social change related to
industry, and historic industrial structures and bridges. Papers about regional industries and transportation in Grand
Rapids and Western Michigan are particularly encouraged. Poster displays are also encouraged and can be on works
in progress or finished projects. All presentations and poster displays should offer both interpretation and synthesis of
Presentation Formats: Proposals may be for individual presentations, a session of papers, a roundtable on a theme,
or posters. Individual presentations 20 minutes in length, a group of three or four presentations on a common theme
filling a 90-minute session, or a 90-minute panel discussion with 2-5 discussants (a formal moderator is optional, but
encouraged). SIA will provide computers, data projectors, screens, microphones, and speakers as needed in each
presentation room. Posters will be on display all day Saturday with a dedicated time for poster presenters to be present
at their posters for discussion.
Proposal Formats: Proposals should be submitted online unless special arrangements have been made. Each proposal
• The presentation title (you will indicate the type of presentation—single paper, session proposal, or poster—on the
• A 300-word abstract that outlines the scope, findings, and conclusions of the presentation
• Contact information including name, affiliation, email address, mailing address, and telephone number for each pre-
• A brief biographical statement of 150 words for each presenter
• The software (incl. version) used to create your presentation and any additional audio-visual requests beyond the
standard equipment listed above.
Submit proposals using the online submission form here: https://forms.gle/Q8j6QovAhPm2hejM9
For 90-minute themed sessions or panel discussions, the organizer should submit a title and a brief description of
the theme, along with all above information together as a group as prompted on the online submission form. If any of
these items is missing, the proposal cannot be considered. Note that the above word counts apply separately to each
presenter in a group. Note that all speakers are expected to pay the registration fee (for either the full conference or
The deadline for proposals is January 31, 2023.
For questions please contact: Patrick Pospisek, SIA Presentations Committee Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org
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