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CFP: Valuing Information

Call for Papers: Valuing Information

Why does it matter what we delete? Information is everywhere in many
contemporary societies. From our professional lives to our interactions with
family and friends, much of our daily lives involve the production of large
quantities of digital information. Still, hardware, concerns for privacy, and
human decision making, thwart the unlimited storage of information. Whenever
this take places, and when we take an active part in the deletion of
information (which albeit we do not always do), it is better to know what to
delete and what to hold onto. This is the basic concern of this collection. We
should be able to assign value to information and know the difference between
our precious digital memories and those which we can, or should, forget and
delete. Not all information is equal. In certain cases, there is an argument
for keeping information “forever.” In others, we may question whether
information is not harmful or superfluous. What information should be deleted,
or marked with a shorter or longer expiration date, and why?

The collection is being negotiated with Springer, and will consist of 12-15
essays that seek to answer this question.

To contribute, please send an abstract of no more than 500 words, plus CVs of
all authors, to James Besse ( and Zachary Isrow
( We welcome contributions addressing the above topics,
but especially welcome contributions from scholars in STS, memory studies, and
other interdisciplinary research. Essays can either deal with digital memory
and its value from a theoretical perspective, or look at specific cases of
digital memory and why they are or are not valued.

Deadline for abstracts: March 15th 2019.

Authors whose contributions are accepted will be notified by April 15th 2019.

Deadline for full papers: August 1st 2019.


James Besse

Zachary Isrow
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