SoHoST 2017 Vanderbilt University

The 11th Annual Southern History of Science and Technology Conference will be held at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN on April 7-8, 2017.

Registration | Program | Accommodations | Call for Papers | Sponsors


The deadline for registration has passed. All attendees and presenters should register so that we may gain an accurate count for catering and seating.


The conference will be held in Kissam Center’s second floor, located on Vanderbilt’s campus in Nashville, TN near the intersection of West End Avenue and 21st Avenue (map)

Friday, April 7:
Keynote address by Lynn Nyhart (University of Wisconsin – Madison). Her talk is titled “Defending Science: 1848 and Today.”

Saturday, April 8: Morning and afternoon paper sessions, followed by a reception. Please click here for a tentative schedule: SoHoST Program 2017


We recommend three locations within walking distance of campus:

  • The Scarritt-Bennet Center ( provides dormitory style accommodations at a rate of $89/night (plus taxes). These rooms consist of a single, twin bed and a semi-private bathroom that is shared with another, adjacent room. Rooms include basic amenities, including linens, an alarm clock, and complimentary wireless internet.
  • The Loews Vanderbilt Hotel is located across the street from the conference events at a rate of $205/night (plus taxes). Parking is $35/night for valet or $30/night for self-parking. (Link:
  • The Hilton Garden Inn is located 4 blocks east of the conference events for $209/night (plus taxes). Parking is $29/night for valet and $27/night for self-parking. The room block rate has expired.
  • Additional hotels are available within walking distance of campus.

Call for Papers

The deadline for paper submissions has expired.

11th Annual Southern History of Science and Technology (SoHoST) Meeting

April 7-8, 2017 | Vanderbilt University | Nashville, TN

This year’s Southern History of Science and Technology (SoHoST) conference will be sponsored by the Vanderbilt University History Department and held on Friday and Saturday April 7-8, 2017, at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

SoHoST aims to showcase outstanding scholarship and cultivate community for the growing number of programs and scholars in history of science and technology 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.

Scholars at the graduate level and above are invited to submit paper, session, and/or roundtable proposals. If space permits, graduate students whose papers are accepted for presentation and who promptly confirm participation will be offered host housing in the home of a Vanderbilt faculty member or graduate student.

We welcome papers on topics related to all aspects of history, sociology, and anthropology of science, technology, and medicine in any time period. Presentations related to teaching, research methods, and digital humanities are also encouraged.

On Friday evening, April 7, our keynote speaker will be Lynn Nyhart (Vilas-Bablitch-Kelch Distinguished Achievement Professor, History of Science, University of Wisconsin – Madison). Her talk is titled “Defending Science: 1848 and Today.”

Please submit a brief paper proposal (~250 words) via our website by February 15th 2017 February 23, 2017. (Deadline extended) 

Questions may be directed to

Vanderbilt organizing committee for SoHoST 2016:

  • Danielle Picard (Chair)
  • Patrick Anthony
  • Professor Alistair Sponsel


We are grateful to our sponsors for their assistance and support. Our sponsors include the Vanderbilt History Seminar, the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, the Science Studies Seminar, the Vanderbilt History of Science and Medicine Society, the German History Seminar, and the Max Kade Center for European Studies.

Other Accommodations

For those of you who will be in town on Friday evening before the keynote, there are numerous restaurants in the vicinity of Vanderbilt that you may enjoy, at a variety of price points. Some close-by options include:

1808 Grille ($$), upscale American fare featuring local produce and sustainable seafood
1808 W End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203 (Located inside the Hutton Hotel)

Chuy’s ($), featuring burritos and other Tex-Mex dishes…and plenty of Elvis kitsch.
1901 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203 (21st Avenue South becomes Broadway at the corner of Vanderbilt campus)

Hattie B’s ($$), a Nashville tradition. Features hot chicken in a casual, counter-service eatery
112 19th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203

Fresh to Order ($$), Deli-style American fare, including salads and paninis.
2316 Elliston Pl, Nashville, TN 37203

Mason’s ($$$), featuring southern cuisine and cocktails
2100 W End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203 (Located inside the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel)

San Antonio Taco Co ($), featuring tex-mex. The wait can be a little long. 
416 21st Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203 (across from the Vanderbilt Library on 21st Avenue)

Also nearby:
On 21st Avenue South: Panera, Chipotle, Bruegger’s Bagels, and Starbucks
On West End Avenue: Jason’s Deli, Moe’s Southwest Grille, and Qdoba