LaborTech Inaugural Book & Graduate Student Paper Awards

See Our Announcement of 2022 Awards Upcoming in December. The Next Submission Period Begins Spring 2023

Labor Tech Research Network invites submissions for the Labor Tech Book and Graduate Student Paper Awards. We aim to reframe the conversation about technology and labor towards issues of power, inequality, and social justice, and incorporate themes of feminism, anti-racism, and transnationalism.  We also seek to foster an inter-disciplinary, cross-regional, and community-oriented space for discussion, collaboration, and empowerment.

As part of our launch as a nonprofit research network, LaborTech is inaugurating two Awards, one for Book and another for Graduate Student Paper, to honor works which have distinctive intellectual merit or activist impact, and have advanced the knowledge about labor and technology in the global society.  We invite submissions that address our core focus on labor and technology, and which may simultaneously address feminism, anti-racism, and/or transnationalism.  Please see our mission statement in our About Us page, and examples of topics in our decade-long Speaker Series.

LaborTech Award Committees will evaluate nominations on their contributions to, and impact on, studying the intersections of technology and labor.  A small cash prize and certificate will be awarded to the winners.  The winners will be announced in December of 2022 at the LaborTech Launch Event, at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Study of Science (4S) in Mexico.

Submission Requirements for Both Awards: Works from all disciplines and methodologies are eligible for nomination. Nominations are open to members of Labor Tech Research Network, as well as the broader scholarly community.  Nominations are welcome from authors, publishers, as well as self-nominations. We encourage submissions from women, people of color, queer communities, and people from the global south.

The deadline for submissions for 2022 is closed. Next submission period will open Spring 2023. Please submit the following items in English: 1) an electronic version in PDF format (for books, if only print form is available, please contact us), and 2) a one-page nomination letter stating the significance and contribution of the work.  Send materials or any questions to

The following are requirements for our 2022 Awards. They will be updated for the 2023 round.

Book Award Requirements:
– Monographs only (no edited volumes or anthologies).
– Multiple authors are accepted.
– Published in the last three years, 2020-2022.

Graduate Student Paper Award Requirements:
The Graduate Student Paper Award is meant to honor labor and technology scholars in their early careers as students.  The criteria for submissions include the following.
– Writings by students who are currently in masters or doctoral programs, or who are graduating this year in 2022.
– Single-authored pieces are preferred, but co-authors with other students are also accepted.  Writings that are co-authored with advisors or other PhDs are not accepted.
– Papers may be theoretical and/or empirical, as long as they have an original argument. A variety of methodological and research styles are welcome.
– Papers may be published or unpublished.  If published, then dating to the last three years, 2020-2022.
– Minumum 25 pages, maximum 40 pages, double spaced.