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Humanist Archives: Dec. 19, 2019, 8:05 a.m. Humanist 33.509 - pubs: machine intelligences cfp; Umanistica Digitale 7

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    [1]    From: Anne Kaun 
           Subject: Machine Intelligences in Context: Beyond the Technological Sublime (89)

    [2]    From: Fabio Ciotti 
           Subject: Umanistica Digitale 7 published (27)

        Date: 2019-12-19 07:41:36+00:00
        From: Anne Kaun 
        Subject: Machine Intelligences in Context: Beyond the Technological Sublime

Special Issue of Culture Machine

Machine Intelligences in Context: Beyond the Technological Sublime
Edited by Peter Jakobsson, Anne Kaun & Fredrik Stiernstedt

We are seeking contributions for a special issue of Culture
Machine (https://culturemachine.net/about/) – an international
open-access journal of culture and theory – exploring Machine
Intelligences in Context.

Culture Machine is a series of experiments in culture and theory. Its
aim is to seek out and promote scholarly work that engages provocatively
with contemporary technical objects, processes and imaginaries from the
North and South. Building on its open ended, non-instrumental, and
exploratory approach to critical theory, Culture Machine calls for
creative scholarship and research that contests globalizing technical
narratives and their environmental logics of extraction.

This special issue is a long overdue confrontation with the hype
surrounding artificial intelligence. The supposed blessings that AI will
bestow upon datafied societies, as well as the associated dangers, are
now well-known both to the academic specialist and to the general
public. Representatives from the tech sector and the world of politics
claim that the fourth industrial revolution will be powered by AI and
that AI will eventually become ubiquitous within politics, industry,
culture and in everyday life. The impulse behind this special issue is
to interrogate these prophesies a bit closer and to get a look behind
the shiny surfaces of these new, often unseen technologies. Because it
does seem that what AI actually promises, and most of all, what it
actually delivers, is neither found in the realm of the fantastic nor
the uncanny, and a lot of it is not even particularly new, intelligent
or artificial.

The task of this special issue is thus to provide a counter-narrative to
the dominant accounts of AI. It is not a matter of debunking AI, of
unmasking the ideological interests behind it or revealing its dirty
algorithmic secrets, but of putting AI in its critical contexts beyond
the technological sublime – ie. the myths surrounding current
technological developments that are meant to inspire both awe and
fantasies of control and mastery. By combining phenomena that do not
normally go together, such as AI and intersectionality, this special
issue seeks to un-familiarize the familiar and to make unexpected
connections, while also exploring potential critical and more just
futures. One question that seems particularly pertinent to ask is of the
relations, substitutions and combinations of different forms of
intelligence, both human and more than human, and to explore how these
come together in different contexts.  Contributions that employ critical
perspectives from either the social sciences or the humanities are
welcome, but we also invite and encourage experimental and
transdisciplinary approaches, including contributions from the
information sciences, software studies, and articles focused on case
studies of AI with stakes for Latin America, Asia, and Africa.

It is time to move past an understanding of AI that borders towards
viewing it as a technological sublime. In order to do so we should
analyse it as a broad phenomenon that questions the integration of
machinic forms of intelligence in lived settings, particularly across
the relations it is generating in the Global South.

We welcome proposals that address, build upon and expand the following

   *   Critical interrogations of definitions and conceptualizations of
   *   Pluralities of machine intelligences
   *   Sensory capacities and AI
   *   The biopolitics and geopolitics of AI
   *   Sex, gender and AI
   *   Race and AI
   *   Critical interrogations of AI narratives
   *   Critical perspectives on AI sited in the Global South
   *   Progressive regulation of AI

Please submit a 500-word abstract and 2 page CV to
peter.jakobsson@sh.se by 1 March 2020

Submission of abstracts                              1 March 2020
Notification of acceptance                 20 March 2020
Submission of full papers                    1 September 2020
Peer Review                                                    15
November 2020
Revision                                                           15
December 2020
Publication                                                      January

        Date: 2019-12-18 11:59:33+00:00
        From: Fabio Ciotti 
        Subject: Umanistica Digitale 7 published

Dear Colleagues,

Umanistica Digitale (ISSN 2532-8816), the journal of the AIUCD (Italian
Association of Digital Humanities and Cultures), is pleased
to announce the publication of the 7th issue, available at

This issue of the journal presents a selection of the papers presented at
the AIUCD 2018 conference (Bari, 31 January - 2  February 2018), whose main
topic was "Cultural Heritage in the Digital Age. Memory, Humanities and

We warmly invite you to visit our web site anche check for articles of your
Regards and season's greetings,

Fabio Ciotti

Fabio Ciotti
Department of "Studi letterari, Filosofici e di Storia dell’arte" -
University of Roma "Tor Vergata"
Chair, European Association for Digital Humanities
Chief Editor, "Umanistica Digitale" https://umanisticadigitale.unibo.it/

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