HTS Grad Students Help Run International Conference in Copenhagen

Five PhD students in the School of History, Technology, and Society (HTS) travelled to Copenhagen, Denmark to attend the annual meeting of the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) with an invitation to serve as support staff at the conference. Four of the students also presented papers.

Angel Callahan, Emily Gibson, Brian Jirout, John Miller, and Peter Westin arrived early to assist the staff of SHOT’s Executive Secretariat in handling the bulk of administrative work for the event. The students presenting papers were:

  • Angel Callahan: "Talking About the Weather: Postwar Science and Cold War Internationalism, 1955-1964"
  • Brian Jirout: "Environment, Remote Sensing and the Production of Compartamentalized User Communities, 1059-1978"
  • John Miller: "Potent Signals: The Electro-Magnetic Telegraph and the Impact on the American Civil War"
  • Peter Westin: "How Green was the Flag? The Maturation of Motorsports' Relationship with Automobility and the Environment"

The Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) is dedicated to the historical study of technology and its relations with politics, economics, labor, business, the environment, public policy, science, and the arts. Founded in 1958, the society now numbers around 1,500 members. John Krige, professor in the School of History, Technology, and Society, serves on SHOT’s Executive Council.

Funding for HTS travel to participate in this conference was through a combination of funds from SHOT, HTS, the Dean of the Ivan Allen College, and the Student Government Association.


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