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Humanist Archives: May 8, 2019, 6:41 a.m. Humanist 33.5 - events: power, inequality, economy of IT

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 5.
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        Date: 2019-05-07 14:35:59+00:00
        From: Jeffrey Yost 
        Subject: CFP--CBI Symposium: "Just Code: Power, Inequality, and the Global Political Economy of IT"

Dear Colleagues,

Below is a Call for Papers (deadline Oct. 15th 2019) and registration
information for a Charles Babbage Institute (CBI) Symposium/Workshop I
am co-leading with Univ. of California-Davis' Gerardo Con Diaz (Friday
and Saturday, May 8-9, 2020).  We hope many of you will consider
proposing a paper (or otherwise attending). We encourage (and would
appreciate) your forwarding this to anyone you think might be interested.

*Just Code: Power, Inequality, and the Global Political Economy of IT*
Just Code is a one and a half day CBI symposium/workshop on how
code -- construed broadly, from software routines to bodies of law and
policy -- structures and reinforces power relations. It will explore the
often invisible ways that individuals and institutions use software,
algorithms, and computerized systems to establish, legitimize, and
reinforce widespread social, material, commercial, and cultural
inequalities and power imbalances. The event will also examine how
individuals, unions, political organizations, and other institutions use
code to fight for equality and justice. Other major themes include the
(pre-)history of code/algorithmic thinking; code as means of concealment
or secret communications; codes of conduct in business, governance, and
culture related to IT and its institutions (local and global
exploitation through imperialism, human rights violations, and
environmental degradation); and codes of ethics in information
technology. The papers will draw from across the humanities and
qualitative social sciences, including disciplines such as anthropology,
sociology, science and technology studies, geography, and
communications. We anticipate that papers (collectively) will examine a
wide range of themes in the global business, cultural, social, legal,
and environmental history of the political economy of information
technology. Papers will be pre-circulated (among presenters) and we have
plans to publish revised papers (after editorial and peer review) as an
edited volume in the Springer History of Computing Book Series.

Proposals should include a two-page curriculum vitae and a 300 to 450
word abstract (as a single PDF) that highlights the key argument(s),
connection of the paper to the symposium's topic/themes, and a
description of core methods/sources.  This should be sent to cbi@umn.edu 
(please have your last name in the file name and use the subject line 
"Just Code Symposium Proposal").

Deadline for Paper Proposals is Oct. 15, 2019 (notifications will be
made within 30 days)

Deadline for Submission of Papers (for those offered and accepting a
place on the program) is March 31, 2020 (papers will only be
pre-circulated to fellow presenters/panelists on the program, not to all

Those offered and accepting a spot on the program will have to commit to
participating in the entire workshop, revising their work based on
feedback from peers at the event and the organizers/editors, and
submitting it for consideration to the planned edited volume.

For those offered and accepting a place on the symposium's program
(presenters/panelists), CBI will cover the cost of 2 nightslodging at a
nearby hotel (walking distance to CBI), lunch, and an event dinner.
Early career presenters on the program (graduate students, postdocs, and
junior faculty)can apply for CBItravel grants of $300 to partially
offset their travel costs (done as a reimbursement/partial
reimbursement). Please indicate if you would like to be considered for
one of these travel grants at the bottom of your abstract.  The program
will commence at 8:30 AM on Friday and conclude at 12:30 PM on Saturday.
Registration is automatic for everyone on the program.

For those wanting to attend who are not presenting, the symposium's
registration is free and open to CBI Friends (and those who become CBI
Friends), and to students, academic staff, and faculty of the Univ. of
Minnesota.  Lunch is provided for all who register. The event dinner is
only for those on the program. Information on becoming a CBI Friend is
at http://www.cbi.umn.edu/about/friends.html

Registration form for those attending but not presenting. The size will
be capped, so we encourage registering far in advance.
The event will be at CBI--Andersen Library at the University of Minnesota

["Just Code" is sponsored in major part by a very generous gift/bequest
events endowment to CBI from IT industry veteran Michael J. Samek]

Jeff and Con

Jeffrey R. Yost, Ph.D., CBI Director & Research Prof. HSTM, Univ. of Minn.
Gerardo Con Diaz, Ph.D., Asst. Prof., Science and Technology Studies,
Univ. of Cal.-Davis

Jeffrey R. Yost, Ph.D.
Director, Charles Babbage Institute
Research Professor, Program in the History of Science, Technology, and
222 21st Avenue South
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN 55455
612 624 5050 Phone
612 625 8054 Fax

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