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Dear all,

we are pleased to invite you to submit an abstract for the issue #14 of the
Journal of Peer Production
"Infrastructuring the Commons Today, when STS meet ICT". The deadline for
abstract submission is *March 15, 2019.*

Please, find below the details.

Mariacristina Sciannamblo, Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute
Maurizio Teli, Aalborg University
Peter Lyle, Aarhus University
Chris Csíkszentmihályi, Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute

Peer production and collaborative forms of technological design – such as
those based on commons-oriented approaches – have at their core a critical
stance towards the technoscientific landscape, an approach shared with
Science and Technology Studies (STS) as a theoretical archipelago that has
produced a significant wealth of knowledge that points out the social
constructive and performative character of technoscience.
In recent time, the increasing prominence of critical approaches – e.g.
feminist and postcolonial STS – and the intersections with surrounding
fields – e.g. participatory design, information science, and critical
technical practice – have stressed the politically engaged character of
STS, emphasizing its “activist interest” (Sismondo, 2008). Such growing
interest in collaborative modes of practicing STS has suggested the
emergence of a “collaborative turn” in STS (Farías, 2017). Such novel
approaches allow researchers and practitioners to understand and experience
STS as a “practice” as well as a theoretical perspective, an approach
can be fruitful and inspiring also to investigate, design, and advocate for
commons-based and oriented forms of production and experiences.
This special issue focuses on such collaborative orientation of STS by
exploring its interplay with the field of Information and Communication
Technology (ICT) when focusing on the commons and peer production. This
relationship entails diverse forms of meeting such as the disciplinary
intersection of STS with design studies and information science; the
epistemological meeting between STS and critical perspectives; the making
of new alliances between researchers, activists and local population; the
convergence of institutional interests and research practices to promote
alternative sociotechnical infrastructures based on the commons. At the
same time such hybrid collaborations pose novel and interesting challenges
such as the institutional constraints in the form of disciplinary
boundaries that persist in today’s academia and the demand to engage in
unconventional ways of publishing that are mostly disregarded by current
evaluation practices.
This call seeks interdisciplinary contributions that explore the politics
in and of the relationship between STS and ICT, from experiences of local
and commons activism to large-scale examples of alternative sociotechnical
infrastructures. Topics relevant for this call may include:
ICT, labor, and precariousness
Hacktivism, community networks, and alternative Internet
Datification and alternative data politics
Post-colonial and anti-colonial computing
Feminist interventions in ICT
Commons, peer production, and platform cooperativism
Interplay between publics, researchers, and institutions e.g. citizen
Interventionist methodologies

This special issue aims at promoting interdisciplinary encounters in order
to foster the politically engaged, commons-oriented, STS agenda in the
relationship with ICT.

15 March 2019: Submission of a 250-500 words abstract
30 March 2019: Notification of relevance
1 July 2019: Submission of full papers
15 October 2019: Reviews to authors
15 December 2019: Submission of revised papers
March 2020: Foreseen publication

Abstracts should be of 250-500 words, while peer reviewed papers should be
no more than 8,000 words.
These should be sent directly to the editors at
All peer reviewed papers will be reviewed according to Journal of Peer
Production guidelines. See
for details.

Here is the link to the call:

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