COMPETITION: The Levinson Prize 2022

The Samuel Eleazar and Rose Tartakow Levinson Prize is awarded each year for a single-authored, unpublished essay in the history of technology that explicitly examines, in some detail, a technology or technological device or process within the framework of social or intellectual history. It is intended for younger scholars and new entrants into the profession. Manuscripts already published or accepted for publication are not eligible. In order to be considered, manuscripts must be in English and of a length suitable for publication as an article in Technology and Culture–approximately 7,500 words (not including notes) and 100 notes. The winning manuscript will be considered for publication in Technology and Culture. To nominate an essay, please upload it to the online submission system, in MS Word or PDF format. The judging will be blind, so authors should avoid self-identification in the text of the article. The SHOT Secretariat will forward the nominated essays to the committee. Nominations for the 2022 Levinson Prize can be submitted until 15 April. All entries should have been received by this deadline. The award consists of a cash award and a certificate, to be presented at the Society’s annual meeting. Link to the online submission form 2022, Levinson Prize. For more information, please contact Jan Korsten, SHOT Secretary, 2022 Levinson Prize Committee Kathy Steen, Chair (2021-2023) Gerardo Con Diaz (2020–2022) TBA (2022-2024) Recipients of the Levinson Prize 2021 Leah Samples, “Your Eyes Are Your Breadwinners So Protect Them! Goggles, Safety Work, and the Prevention of Industrial Blindness, 1900s-1940s“ 2020 Not awarded 2019 Yuan Yi, “Custom-Made Machines in the Era of Mass Production” 2015 Gerardo Con Diaz, “The Text in the Machine: American Copyright Law and the Many Natures of Software, 1974-1978” 2014 Roberto Cantoni, “What’s in a Pipe? Technopolitical Debate over the Ontology of Oil Pipes at NATO (1960-1962)” 2011 Christopher S. Leslie, “as We Should Have Thought: The Intellectual Legacy of the Memex” 2009 Finn Arne Jørgensen, “Simple Comforts: Technology, Convenience, and Simplicity in Norwegian Leisure Cabins, 1950-1980” 2008 Christopher Beauchamp, “Who Invented the Telephone? Lawyers, Patents, and the Judgments of History” 2007 Eric Hintz, “Portable Power: Inventor Samuel Ruben and the Birth of Duracell” 2006 Jonathan Hagood, “Bottling Atomic Energy: Distinguishing Between Science and Technology in Perónist Argentina, 1948-1952” 2005 Christopher W. Wells, “Inventing the Automobile: Culture, Road Conditions, and Innovation at the Dawn of the Motor Age, 1895-1907” 2004 Matthew Adams Axtell, “In Pursuit of a Barren Scepter: The Life and Death of the James River and Kanawha Canal in Antebellum Virginia’s Forsaken West, 1784-1860” 2003 Scott Gabriel Knowles, “The One Place Where It Pays to Play with Fire? Underwriters Laboratories and the Invention of Fire Safety” 2002 Timothy S. Wolters, “Beyond the Line: Signalling Technology and Professionalization in the Eighteenth Century Royal Navy” 2001 Gerard Fitzgerald, “Babies, Barriers, and Bacteriological Engineers: Instrumental Technologies at LOBUND, 1930-1952” 1999 William Boyd, “The Real Subsumption of Nature? Science, Technology, and the Industrialization of the American Chicken” 1998 Toby Jones, “Path to peace? Britain, Technology, and Resistance in Palestine, 1929-1939” 1997 Linda Nash, “The Changing Course of Nature” 1996 Miranda Paton, “Seeing How to Listen” 1995 Michael Allen, “The Golleschauer Portland Cement Factory: Modern Management, Technological Modernization, and Concentration Camp Labor in the SS Business Administration Main Office” 1994 Greg Clancey, “The Balloon Frame Revisited: Mechanization, Mass-Production, and Prefabrication in American Building-Carpentry” 1993 Cheenu Raman Srinivasan, “No Free Launch: Designing the Indian National Satellite” 1992 David Jardini, “From Iron to Steel: The Recasting of the Jones and Laughlin Work Force between 1885 and 1896” 1991 Gabrielle Hecht, “Political Designs: Nuclear Reactors and National Policy in France”