SIA Annual Conference Call for Papers

Posted February 14, 2017

Society for Industrial Archeology: Call for Paper Abstracts and Session Proposals
46th Annual Conference
Houston, Texas May 18-21, 2017

The Society for Industrial Archeology invites proposals for presentations and poster displays at the 46th Annual Conference on Saturday, May 20, 2017, in Houston, Texas. The conference hotel will be the Houston Marriott Medical Center and presentation sessions will be held at the hotel.

Presentations on all topics related to industrial archeology, technology, social change related to industry, and historic industrial structures and bridges are welcome. Papers about regional industries and transportation along the Texas Gulf Coast are particularly encouraged. Poster displays can be on works in progress. All presentations and poster displays should offer interpretation and synthesis of data.

The deadline for proposals is March 3, 2017.

Presentation Formats: Proposals may be for 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 (formal moderator 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 poster for discussion.

Proposal Formats: Proposals should be submitted online at unless special arrangements have been made. Each proposal must include:

1. The presentation title (you will indicate the type of presentation — single paper, session proposal, or poster — on the submission form)
2. A 300-500 word abstract for the paper with detailed framing, findings, and conclusions
Contact information including name, affiliation, email address, mailing address, and telephone number for each presenter
3. A brief biographical statement of 75-150 words for each presenter
4. The software (incl. version) used to create your presentation and any additional audio-visual requests beyond the standard equipment listed above.

Please be aware that facilities for presenting media formats other than Microsoft PowerPoint (.ppt/.pptx), OpenOffice Open Document Format Presentation (.odp), and Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) may not be available. In particular, please note on the form whether access to the Internet is crucial for your presentation (e.g., media embedded vs. linked to the Web).

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.

Presenters are encouraged to transform their presentations into articles for IA: The Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology; No conference proceedings are published.

The deadline for proposals is March 3, 2017.

To submit your proposal and for further information, go to the online form. The online form can also be reached via the link on the conference web page.

For questions please contact Saul Tannenbaum, SIA Presentations Committee Chair,


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Iron & Steel Preservation Conference & Workshop, May 2016 Registration Now Open

Posted November 19, 2015

This conference focuses on the repair, rehabilitation and restoration of metals, with a focus on the restoration of historic metal bridges. The 2016 ISP Conference & Workshop is a partnership between Purdue University and Lansing Community College. The conference and workshop includes practical demonstrations on a variety of metal repair and preservation methods and provides hands-on experience in these methods. Additionally, a number of technical presentations will be given. The ISP Conference and Workshop would be of interest to a wide variety of professions including engineers, craftsmen, as well as anyone who works with historic bridges in governmental highway agencies, departments of transportation, and state historic preservation offices.
Conference: May 18th & 19th $375.00
Workshop: May 20th $175.00
Space is limited. Register early.

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