CFP: Southern History of Science and Technology (SoHoST) Meeting, 10-11 April, 2015 in Richmond, VA

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This year’s Southern History of Science and Technology will be sponsored by STS@VCU and held on Friday and Saturday April 10-11th, 2015, at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. 

Southern HoST aims to showcase outstanding scholarship and cultivate community for the growing number of history of science and technology scholars and institutional programs throughout the American South.  This regional meeting provides a welcoming environment for graduate student presentations as well as a collegial venue for more established academics to try out new material.

Faculty and graduate students are invited to submit paper, session, and/or roundtable proposals. Graduate students whose papers are accepted for presentation and who promptly confirm participation can receive two nights of free lodging (in the home of a VCU faculty member, VCU graduate student, or in on-campus dormitory-style housing arranged by the STS@VCU Program).  For faculty participants, lodging in either local B&Bs or hotels -- at reduced university rates -- will be available.  More detailed information for the conference will be posted soon at: http://www.has.vcu.edu/sts/.

The 2014 meeting included papers on topics ranging from agriculture to aerospace technology, health policy to computer gaming, and spanned the 17th through 20th centuries.  As always, we are especially interested in developing professional (roundtable) discussions devoted to the challenges and opportunities of teaching and doing the history of science and technology in southern contexts.

Please submit a 150-250 word paper proposal, or a 250-350 word session/roundtable proposal, and brief biographical sketch via email to John Powers at Virginia Commonwealth University (jcpowers@vcu.edu) by February 16th 2015.  Program co-chairs are Dr. Powers, Dr. Karen Rader (VCU), and Ms. Mary Richie McGuire (STS Program, Virginia Tech); program decisions will be made and emailed to participants by February 20th, 2015.