The ICOHTEC-Book (Dissertation) Prize is sponsored by the Juanelo Turriano Foundation and consists of 2,500 Euro. The prize winning book will be presented and discussed at a special session of the next ICOHTEC symposium, in Porto, Portugal, from 26 to 30 July 2016. An additional 500 Euro is available to the winner in support of travelling to the conference to receive the prize.
ICOHTEC, the International Committee for the History of Technology, is interested in the history of technology, focusing on technological development as well as its relationship to science, society, economy, culture and the environment. The history of technology covers all periods of human history and all populated areas. There is no limitation as to theoretical or methodological approaches.
Eligible for the prize are original book-length works in any of the official ICOHTEC languages (English, French, German, Russian or Spanish) in the history of technology: published or unpublished Ph.D. dissertations or other monographs written by scholars who, when applying for the prize, are not older than 37 years. Articles and edited anthologies are not eligible.
For the ICOHTEC Prize 2016, please send an electronic copy (Pdf or Word) of the work you wish to be considered for the prize to each of the three Prize Committee members. (Note: Hard copies are only accepted for published works not available electronically.) Your submissions must be emailed no later than 15 February 2016. If your book is in Spanish or Russian, please also supply a summary in English, French or German of about 4500 words. In that case, the prize committee will find additional members, who are familiar with the language in which your book is written. Please also include an abstract of no more than a half-page in length.
If the work is a Ph.D. thesis, it should have been accepted by your university in 2014 or 2015; if it is a published work, the year of publication should be 2014 or 2015. The submission should be accompanied by a CV (indicating also the date of birth) and, if applicable, a list of publications. Applicants are free to add references or reviews on the work submitted.
Any materials sent to the prize committee will not be returned.
Send a complete application by email to each of the following Prize Committee members:
Dr. David Zimmerman, Prize Committee Chair
Dr. Jeremy Kinney
Dr. Klaus Staubermann
Dr. Irina Gouzevitch
2015 : Karena Kalmbach, Meanings of a Disaster: The Contested 'Truth' about Chernobyl. British and French Chernobyl Debates and the Transnationality of Arguments and Actors, a dissertation completed in September 2014 at the European University Institute, Florence, Department of History and Civilization.
2014 : Dora Vargha, Iron Curtain, Iron Lungs: Governing Polio in Cold War Hungary 1952-1963, a dissertation completed at Rutgers University in 2013, under the direction of Paul Hanebrink.
2013 : Laura Ann Twagira, Women and Gender at the Office du Niger (Mali), dissertation defended at Rutgers University.
2012 : Hermione Giffard, The development and production of turbojet aero-engines in Britain, Germany and the United States, 1936-1945, dissertation defended at Imperial College, University of London, in 2011 (not yet published)
2011: Christopher Neumaier, Dieselautos in Deutschland und den USA, Zum Verhältnis von Technologie, Konsum und Politik, 1949 –2005 (Stuttgart, 2010).
2010 : Anne-Katrine Ebert, Ein Ding der Nation? Das Fahrrad in Deutschland und den Niederlanden, 1880-1940: Eine vergleichende Konsumgeschichte, dissertation defended at the University of Bielefeld, Germany.
2009 : Anna Storm, Hope and Rust: Reinterpreting the Industrial Place in the Late 20th Century (Stockholm: Royal Institute of Technology, 2008).
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