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CfC: New Materialist Informatics conference

                Call for Contributions - Deadline for Submission: October 15, 2020
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<br>11th International New Materialisms Conference
<br>New Materialist Informatics
<br>23-25 March 2021
<br>University of Kassel, GER
<br>www.uni-kassel.de/go/NMI2021
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<br>New Materialist Informatics:
<br>Computing and Worldmaking
<br>In recent decades, new materialist thought has emerged as a transversal field
<br>of inquiry that successfully brings together and constructs hybrid spaces
<br>between the social sciences & the humanities and the natural & technical
<br>sciences & engineering. Within those spaces, engagement with the concerns
<br>around "the digital" has figured prominently.
<br>Increasing computing power and technological advancements that power the 4th
<br>industrial revolution as well as contribute to the 6th extinction highlight
<br>further need to account for the material basis as well as material
<br>consequences of informatics and to ask how techno-politics and
<br>techno-epistemologies can be reconfigured for these complex times. In this
<br>context, it is also particularly salient to further build hybrid research
<br>spaces spanning information sciences and the (post)humanities. "Materialist
<br>informatics" (Haraway, Hayles, Colman) thus can be seen as precisely such a
<br>field that highlights the inter- and intra-connectedness of computing and
<br>worldmaking, and the material stakes of such intra-connectedness.
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<br>Preliminarily Confirmed Keynotes
<br>Shaowen Bardzell, Professor of Informatics in the School of Informatics,
<br>Computing, and Engineering at Indiana University, USA.
<br>Maaike Bleeker, Professor in Theatre Studies in the Department of Media &
<br>Culture Studies, Utrecht University, Netherlands
<br>Felicity Colman, Professor of Media Arts and Associate Dean of Research for
<br>the London College of Fashion at University of the Arts, London, UK.
<br>Aimi Hamraie, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Health, and Society and
<br>American Studies at the Center for Medicine, Health, and Society, Vanderbilt
<br>University, USA.
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<br>About the Conference
<br>This 11th new materialist conference invites participants to investigate the
<br>possible intersections between, and beyond, new materialism and informatics.
<br>How can new materialism and informatics be brought together in ways that help
<br>build liveable and sustainable techno-lifeworlds? What new perspectives with
<br>regard to contemporary crises might emerge at such intersection and beyond?
<br>What kind of conceptual and methodological tools are needed for new
<br>materialist informatics design and research? This conference wishes to
<br>include and go beyond the new materialist readings of computing and
<br>computational artefacts and generate innovative perspectives on how
<br>techno-worldings can be performed from a new materialist perspective.
<br>
<br>Conference Themes 
<br>The conveners of New Materialist Informatics invite to approach these
<br>questions from a multiplicity of disciplinary perspectives, including
<br>humanities and social sciences, design, engineering and computer science.
<br>Suggested topics for abstracts for papers, panels as well as workshops and
<br>demonstrations include (but are not limited to):
<br> 
<br>• Theoretical and conceptual frameworks for new materialist informatics
<br>• Material conditions and effects of informatics
<br>• Informational matters, matter as informational
<br>• Artistic research and material(ist) informatics
<br>• Environmental and medical informatics from a new materialist perspective
<br>• Methodologies for new materialist informatics research
<br>• New materialist design of computational artefacts: propositions, case
<br>studies, approaches, methodologies
<br>• HCI and new materialism
<br>• Transdisciplinary translations and their vocabularies: computer science -
<br>engineering - design - new materialism
<br>• Material intersections of informatics and race, dis/ability, gender, class
<br>and sexuality
<br>• Informatics beyond the global North: indigenous and post/decolonial
<br>computing
<br>• Contemporary concerns for new materialist informatics: pandemic
<br>reconfiguring of matter and technology, material intersections of race and
<br>informatics, technologies of protest,  matters of high-tech borders, viral
<br>technopolitics
<br>
<br>Contribution Forms and Specifications
<br>For papers and panels, please submit an up to 300-word abstract as well as
<br>name(s), biographical note(s) (150 words) and affiliations of author(s).
<br>For workshops, please submit an up to 300-word abstract including suggested
<br>workshop plan; name(s), biographical note(s) (150 words) and affiliations of
<br>author(s); specifications for technical and material needs; maximum expected
<br>number of participants.
<br>For demonstrations, please submit an up to 300-word abstract and
<br>visualisation(s) or detailed description of proposed work; name(s),
<br>biographical note(s) (150 words) and affiliations of author(s); specifications
<br>for technical and material needs.
<br>
<br>Please submit your contributions through the conference system, available via
<br>www.uni-kassel.de/go/NMI2021 , after July 10, 2020.
<br> 
<br>Conference Timeline
<br>July 10, 2020 - Abstract submission system opens
<br>October 15, 2020 - Deadline for submission
<br>December 1, 2020 - Notifications of acceptance
<br>December 15, 2020 - Registration open
<br>March 23-25, 2021 – Conference
<br>
<br>We expect that the conference will take place in Kassel. We are aware that the
<br>situation might change, depending on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic. The
<br>organizers therefore will remain open to digital participation options for
<br>keynotes as well as paper presenters.
<br>
<br>Organizers and Contact
<br>The conference is organized by Gender/Diversity in Informatics Systems
<br>Research Group (GeDIS) and Research Center for Information System Design
<br>(ITeG), University of Kassel, Germany. If you have any questions, please email
<br>us at NMI2021@uni-kassel.de.
<br>
<br>G.K.
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