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Humanist Archives: May 15, 2020, 8:14 a.m. Humanist 34.21 - pubs: new journal

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 34, No. 21.
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        Date: 2020-05-15 06:46:26+00:00
        From: Jeffrey Yost 
        Subject: Interfaces: Essays and Reviews in Computing and Culture (CFP)

Interfaces: Essays and Reviews in Computing and Culture

General Call for Submissions 
(Short Essays and Review Essays)

The Charles Babbage Institute for Computing, Information, and Culture
(CBI) is launching a new eJournal. It is entitled Interfaces: Essays
and Reviews in Computing and Culture.  It will have a continuous
publication model with publication date for each essay/article (no
waiting in queue) and push email to subscribers (and volumes by calendar
year). Interfaces will exclusively publish short essay articles (1,500
to 3,000 words) and review essays (books, film, physical/virtual
exhibits, other media) on computer/software/internet studies.

Interfaces will be co-edited by CBI Director Jeffrey Yost and CBI
Archivist Amanda Wick.  The editors are especially interested in content
connecting the history of computing/IT studies with contemporary social,
cultural, political, legal, economic, and environmental issues--e.g.
essays on gender, race, class, users, human computer interaction,
identity, labor, gaming, automation, capitalism, inequality, AI,
algorithmic thinking, local or global environmental ecosystems,
law/criminal justice, cryptocurrencies, security, leisure, and privacy.Â
It, however, is not limited to these (any computing history or
historically grounded or contextualized IT studies topics/themes are in

The journal seeks to be an interface between disciplines in the
humanities, social sciences, and sciences/medicine (including/especially
CS, HCI, information science, and sciences of the artificial); as well
as an interface between academic and broader audiences--our reasoning
for keeping essays short, strongly encouraging use of images (CBI has
thousands digitized and online, and more than 150,000 overall), being
timely (quick response, relatively rapid submission to publication), and
pushing for highly accessible writing. Types of computing history/IT
studies essays could include (but definitely are not limited to):

  - Essays connecting historical literature (your work and/or that of
     others) to contemporary societal issues
  - Essays presenting a case history/study you developed that
     resonated with students
  - Editorial-styleessay that draws from history or makes fundamental
     historical connections
  - Review essay on two or more books on a topic/theme
  - Review essay on film, museum exhibit/virtual exhibit, gaming, art,
     music, or other media
  - Essays on imaginative literature, science fiction
  - Essays on historiography and/or archival theory
  - Essays on social, cultural, or economic theory

CBI is a leading archives and research institute, and for decades has
hosted web publications, including serials of our own (we are
experienced in archiving and providing access to digital content over
the very long term).

To submit to Interfaces: Send a Word file (1,500 words to 3,000
words) of your essay, which includes a bibliography/sources at the end
(bib., image captions, and 75 word or shorter bio, do not count to word
maximum). Authors should use in-text parenthetical cites (MLA) with no
footnotes/endnotes/note text. Essays should be broadly accessible and
seek to avoid, or greatly limit, disciplinary jargon (and if used, done
sparingly and clearly defined). Authors retain copyright and only sign a
license form allowing /Interfaces/ to publish (and the journal is
open/free access). Send to Jeffrey Yost (yostx003@umn.edu), 
Amanda Wick (abwick@umn.edu), or the general email cbi@umn.edu

Authors are strongly encouraged to touch base with Jeffrey or Amanda for
feedback on an essay idea, but this is not required and if you prefer,
you can just send a submission.

With it being continuous publication, and to kick it off, I wrote an
essay (PDF is attached--journal will present in both a mobile optimized
web version and PDF) entitled "Where Dinosaurs Roam and Programmers
Play: Reflections on Infrastructure, Maintenance, and Inequality." PDF
attached and Web version and PDF link at

If you are not already, Amanda and I encourage signing on to CBI's email
list. To be added to our email list which includes Interfaces
notifications, simply email cbi@umn.edu  with
"subscribe" in the subject line

We hope you will consider submitting a short essay to this new
publication (articles are reviewed by editors), and/or encourage
colleagues to do so. Please forward to potentially interested people.
Please email us with any questions.

Best, Jeff

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

Where Dinosaurs Roam Yost.pdf: https://dhhumanist.org/att/97742/att00/ 

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