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Call for Contributions: New Materialist Informatics 2021 (deadline 02.11.2020)

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New Materialist Informatics 2021 - Call for Contributions- Deadline for
Submission: November 2, 2020

11th International New Materialisms Conference

23-25 March 2021


New Materialist Informatics 2021 is an internationalconference that connects
informatics and the humanities & social sciencesthrough the innovative field
of new materialist research. It is dedicated toexploring sociotechnical
approach to informatics and relation betweeninformatics and social, cultural,
environmental and political domains. It is11th in the series of new
materialist conferences and it invites participantsto investigate the possible
intersections between, and beyond, new materialismand informatics. How can new
materialism and informatics be brought together inways that help build
liveable and sustainable techno-lifeworlds? What newperspectives with regard
to contemporary crises might emerge at suchintersection and beyond? What kind
of conceptual and methodological tools areneeded for new materialist
informatics design and research? This conferencewishes to include and go
beyond the new materialist readings of computing andcomputational artefacts
and generate innovative perspectives on howtechno-worldings can be performed
from a new materialist perspective.

Confirmed Keynotes

Shaowen Bardzell, Professor of Informatics in the Schoolof Informatics,
Computing, and Engineering at Indiana University, USA.

Safiya Umoja Noble, Associate Professor in the Departmentof Information
Studies, University of California UCLA, Los Angeles, USA.

Maaike Bleeker, Professor in Theatre Studies in theDepartment of Media &
Culture Studies, Utrecht University, Netherlands.

Felicity Colman, Professor of Media Arts and AssociateDean of Research for the
London College of Fashion at University of the Arts,London, UK.

Aimi Hamraie, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Health,and Society and American
Studies at the Center for Medicine, Health, andSociety, Vanderbilt University,

Conference Themes

In recent decades, new materialist thought has emerged asa transversal field
of inquiry that successfully brings together and constructshybrid spaces
between the social sciences & the humanities and the natural& technical
sciences & engineering. Within those spaces, engagementwith the concerns
around "the digital" has figured prominently.Increasing computing power and
technological advancements that power the 4thindustrial revolution as well as
contribute to the 6th extinction highlightfurther need to account for the
material basis as well as material consequencesof informatics and to ask how
techno-politics and techno-epistemologies can bereconfigured for these complex
times. In this context, it is also particularlysalient to further build hybrid
research spaces spanning information sciencesand the (post)humanities.
"Materialist informatics" (Haraway, Hayles,Colman) thus can be seen as
precisely such a field that highlights the inter-and intra-connectedness of
computing and worldmaking, and the material stakesof such

The conveners of New Materialist Informatics invite toapproach these inter-and
intra-connections from a multiplicity of disciplinaryperspectives, including
humanities and social sciences, design, engineering andcomputer science.
Suggested topics for abstracts for papers, panels as well asworkshops and
demonstrations include (but are not limited to):

Theoretical and conceptual frameworks for new materialistinformatics Material
conditions and effects of informatics Informationalmatters, matter as
informational Artistic research and material(ist)informatics Environmental and
medical informatics from a new materialistperspective Methodologies for new
materialist informatics research Newmaterialist design of computational
artefacts: propositions, case studies,approaches, methodologies HCI and new
materialism Transdisciplinarytranslations and their vocabularies: computer
science - engineering - design -new materialism Material intersections of
informatics and race, dis/ability,gender, class and sexuality Informatics
beyond the global North: indigenous andpost/decolonial computing Contemporary
concerns for new materialistinformatics: pandemic reconfiguring of matter and
technology, materialintersections of race and informatics, technologies of
protest,  matters of high-tech borders, viraltechnopolitics Contribution
Forms and Specifications For papers and panels,please submit an up to 300-word
abstract as well as name(s), biographicalnote(s) (150 words) and affiliations
of author(s).

For workshops, please submit an up to 300-word abstractincluding suggested
workshop plan; name(s), biographical note(s) (150 words)and affiliations of
author(s); specifications for technical and material needs;maximum expected
number of participants.
For demonstrations, please submit an up to 300-wordabstract and
visualisation(s) or detailed description of proposed work;name(s),
biographical note(s) (150 words) and affiliations of author(s);specifications
for technical and material needs.
Proposals can be submitted via 

Conference Timeline
November2, 2020 - Deadline for submission December 1, 2020 - Notifications
ofacceptance December 15, 2020 - Registration open March 23-25, 2021 –

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the conference will takeplace online.

More information will be provided in due time.

Organizers and Contact

The conference is organized by Gender/Diversity inInformatics Systems Research
Group (GeDIS) and Research Center for InformationSystem Design (ITeG),
University of Kassel, Germany.

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