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Message posted on 14/01/2020

CfA: Crafting Critical Methodologies in Computing

                Dear All,
<br>We cordially invite you to submit your abstracts for the panel “Crafting
<br>Critical Methodologies in Computing”, which will take place during the
<br>EASST/4S conference in Prague on August 18-21, 2020.
<br>Crafting Critical Methodologies in Computing: theories, practices and future
<br>directions (Panel 32)
<br>Panel Organisers (alphabetically ordered): Loren Britton, University of
<br>Kassel; Claude Draude, University of Kassel, Germany; Juliane Jarke,
<br>University of Bremen; Goda Klumbyte, University of Kassel
<br>In the past decades there has been an explosion of “critical studies”, and
<br>computing is no exception. Working to bring insights from critical theories
<br>developed in the humanities and social sciences, the diverse scholarship that
<br>can be located under “critical computing” is engaged in the laborious and
<br>relevant project of translational work between disciplines, and generative
<br>avenues for knowledge developed in the “subtle” sciences to bear
<br>implication to how computational technologies are designed, produced and
<br>Critical computing draws inspiration and methodological tools from fields as
<br>diverse as participatory design and design research, feminist theory and
<br>gender studies, STS, artistic research and post-/de-colonial theory, among
<br>others. In this panel we wish to investigate what are the methodological
<br>approaches that can be employed within, by and for computing, which would be
<br>capable of generating critical technical practices (Agre 1995), accurate and
<br>critical accounts of power dynamics and processes of marginalization, and
<br>craft space for alternative modes and methods of doing computing.
<br>Specifically, we encourage contributions that address questions, including,
<br>but not limited to:
<br>• How can critical thought/theory inform methodology building (or reflecting
<br>upon) in computing?
<br>• How can interactions between (feminist, postcolonial) STS and computing
<br>establish new methodological considerations?
<br>• How do we decolonize computing and its methodologies?
<br>• Where do we locate artistic research, arts practice and design in regards
<br>to questions of methodology in computing?
<br>• How can feminist and other critical epistemological knowledges generate
<br>knowledge about and in computing that from an STS perspective challenge well
<br>worn power dynamics?
<br>Keywords: critical computing, feminist STS, methodologies, postcolonial
<br>studies, artistic research
<br>Categories: Gender/Sexuality/Feminist STS, Information, Computing and Media
<br>Technology, Knowledge, Theory and Method
<br>To submit your abstract, please apply via conference abstract submission
<br>system and mention the number of the panel that you would like to submit your
<br>abstract to (in this case, panel 32). Papers submitted to an open panel will
<br>be reviewed by the open panel organizer(s) and will be given first
<br>consideration for that session. Also at the time of submission, you will also
<br>be asked to nominate two alternative open panel preferences for your paper. In
<br>the event that your paper is not included in the open panel of your first
<br>preference it will be considered for the alternative panels indicated in your
<br>Submission deadline is February 29, 2020.
<br>For full information, please see conference
<br>website and
<br> – blog for critical voices in computing
<br> - Gender/Diversity in
<br>Informatics Systems @ University of Kassel
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