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Humanist Archives: Jan. 31, 2020, 6:44 a.m. Humanist 33.580 - pubs: Computing in the world cfp

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 580.
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        Date: 2020-01-30 23:15:39+00:00
        From: Mario Verdicchio 
        Subject: Last call: CFP - special issue of Interdisciplinary Science Reviews (ISR)

January 31st 2020 is the last day to submit a 300-word abstract for:
Computing in the world: A historical and philosophical analysis

Call for Papers for a special issue of Interdisciplinary Science Reviews (ISR)

Guest Editor:
Mario Verdicchio
Researcher, School of Engineering, University of Bergamo, Italy

Journal Editor:
Willard McCarty
Professor emeritus, Dept. of Digital Humanities, King's College, London, UK

Over the last half-century, computing has become ubiquitous in many parts of the
world and in most if not all fields of endeavour. Almost no aspect of our lives
remains unaffected. It is again time to take stock, but this time in such a way
as to bring out and bring together differences and commonalities across the full
range of disciplines. For this issue of Interdisciplinary Science Reviews the
editors seek to publish articles in the physical, social and human sciences that
demonstrate in their conjunction the genuinely meaningful interdisciplinarity of
the digital machine.

As a methodological tool, the computer is obviously interdisciplinary - its
ubiquity in research of all kinds makes the case. However, it has quite
different effects from one discipline to the next. By design, a computer
requires input in discrete binary terms and so raises the question of how this
requirement differentially affects each area of work. Furthermore, we may argue,
the remarkable, proven adaptability of computers to widely varying problems,
degrees of complexity and experimental, even imaginative application evokes
tendencies and affects practices differentially across the disciplines in which
they are used. Some disciplines have become largely computational, or grown a
computational branch; others, for which the tradeoff is less attractive, are
resistant. Why? Compare, for example, physics, biology, sociology, literary
studies, the arts.

Thus we welcome contributions from scholars wanting to participate in the debate
concerning the effects of computers on their disciplines. We welcome articles
with a particular focus on the relation between the conceptual and
methodological framework of an area of expertise and the abstractions,
analogies, encodings, models, simplifications and translations imposed by the
data and operations of computing. Broad statements of what can and cannot be
automated, and how automation affects research, are far less telling and useful
than analyses based on examples of work in specific fields. We are looking for
arguments backed up by details. Historical and philosophical approaches are of
particular interest.


Deadline for 300-word abstract submission: January 31st, 2020.
Abstracts notification: March 1st, 2020.

Deadline for 8000-word paper submission: June 28th, 2020.

Papers notification: September 28th, 2020.

Deadline for final version: December 31st, 2020.
Special issue release: 2021, Q1.

All correspondence to:
Mario Verdicchio

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