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Message posted on 14/01/2020

CfA: Crafting Critical Methodologies in Computing

Dear All,

We cordially invite you to submit your abstracts for the panel “Crafting
Critical Methodologies in Computing”, which will take place during the
EASST/4S conference in Prague on August 18-21, 2020.

Crafting Critical Methodologies in Computing: theories, practices and future
directions (Panel 32)
Panel Organisers (alphabetically ordered): Loren Britton, University of
Kassel; Claude Draude, University of Kassel, Germany; Juliane Jarke,
University of Bremen; Goda Klumbyte, University of Kassel
In the past decades there has been an explosion of “critical studies”, and
computing is no exception. Working to bring insights from critical theories
developed in the humanities and social sciences, the diverse scholarship that
can be located under “critical computing” is engaged in the laborious and
relevant project of translational work between disciplines, and generative
avenues for knowledge developed in the “subtle” sciences to bear
implication to how computational technologies are designed, produced and
deployed.
Critical computing draws inspiration and methodological tools from fields as
diverse as participatory design and design research, feminist theory and
gender studies, STS, artistic research and post-/de-colonial theory, among
others. In this panel we wish to investigate what are the methodological
approaches that can be employed within, by and for computing, which would be
capable of generating critical technical practices (Agre 1995), accurate and
critical accounts of power dynamics and processes of marginalization, and
craft space for alternative modes and methods of doing computing.
Specifically, we encourage contributions that address questions, including,
but not limited to:
• How can critical thought/theory inform methodology building (or reflecting
upon) in computing?
• How can interactions between (feminist, postcolonial) STS and computing
establish new methodological considerations?
• How do we decolonize computing and its methodologies?
• Where do we locate artistic research, arts practice and design in regards
to questions of methodology in computing?
• How can feminist and other critical epistemological knowledges generate
knowledge about and in computing that from an STS perspective challenge well
worn power dynamics?
Contact: claude.draude@uni-kassel.de,
https://www.uni-kassel.de/eecs/fachgebiete/gedis
Keywords: critical computing, feminist STS, methodologies, postcolonial
studies, artistic research
Categories: Gender/Sexuality/Feminist STS, Information, Computing and Media
Technology, Knowledge, Theory and Method

To submit your abstract, please apply via conference abstract submission
system and mention the number of the panel that you would like to submit your
abstract to (in this case, panel 32). Papers submitted to an open panel will
be reviewed by the open panel organizer(s) and will be given first
consideration for that session. Also at the time of submission, you will also
be asked to nominate two alternative open panel preferences for your paper. In
the event that your paper is not included in the open panel of your first
preference it will be considered for the alternative panels indicated in your
submission.
Submission deadline is February 29, 2020.
For full information, please see conference
website https://www.easst4s2020prague.org/ and


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Informatics Systems @ University of Kassel
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