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CfC: New Materialist Informatics conference

Call for Contributions - Deadline for Submission: October 15, 2020

11th International New Materialisms Conference
New Materialist Informatics
23-25 March 2021
University of Kassel, GER

New Materialist Informatics:
Computing and Worldmaking
In recent decades, new materialist thought has emerged as a transversal field
of inquiry that successfully brings together and constructs hybrid spaces
between the social sciences & the humanities and the natural & technical
sciences & engineering. Within those spaces, engagement with the concerns
around "the digital" has figured prominently.
Increasing computing power and technological advancements that power the 4th
industrial revolution as well as contribute to the 6th extinction highlight
further need to account for the material basis as well as material
consequences of informatics and to ask how techno-politics and
techno-epistemologies can be reconfigured for these complex times. In this
context, it is also particularly salient to further build hybrid research
spaces spanning information sciences and 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 stakes of such intra-connectedness.

Preliminarily Confirmed Keynotes
Shaowen Bardzell, Professor of Informatics in the School of Informatics,
Computing, and Engineering at Indiana University, USA.
Maaike Bleeker, Professor in Theatre Studies in the Department of Media &
Culture Studies, Utrecht University, Netherlands
Felicity Colman, Professor of Media Arts and Associate Dean 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, and Society, Vanderbilt
University, USA.

About the Conference
This 11th new materialist conference invites participants to investigate the
possible intersections between, and beyond, new materialism and informatics.
How can new materialism and informatics be brought together in ways that help
build liveable and sustainable techno-lifeworlds? What new perspectives with
regard to contemporary crises might emerge at such intersection and beyond?
What kind of conceptual and methodological tools are needed for new
materialist informatics design and research? This conference wishes to
include and go beyond the new materialist readings of computing and
computational artefacts and generate innovative perspectives on how
techno-worldings can be performed from a new materialist perspective.

Conference Themes 
The conveners of New Materialist Informatics invite to approach these
questions from a multiplicity of disciplinary perspectives, including
humanities and social sciences, design, engineering and computer science.
Suggested topics for abstracts for papers, panels as well as workshops and
demonstrations include (but are not limited to):
• Theoretical and conceptual frameworks for new materialist informatics
• Material conditions and effects of informatics
• Informational matters, matter as informational
• Artistic research and material(ist) informatics
• Environmental and medical informatics from a new materialist perspective
• Methodologies for new materialist informatics research
• New materialist design of computational artefacts: propositions, case
studies, approaches, methodologies
• HCI and new materialism
• Transdisciplinary translations 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 and post/decolonial
• Contemporary concerns for new materialist informatics: pandemic
reconfiguring of matter and technology, material intersections of race and
informatics, technologies of protest, matters of high-tech borders, viral

Contribution Forms and Specifications
For papers and panels, please submit an up to 300-word abstract as well as
name(s), biographical note(s) (150 words) and affiliations of author(s).
For workshops, please submit an up to 300-word abstract including 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-word abstract 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.

Please submit your contributions through the conference system, available via , after July 10, 2020.
Conference Timeline
July 10, 2020 - Abstract submission system opens
October 15, 2020 - Deadline for submission
December 1, 2020 - Notifications of acceptance
December 15, 2020 - Registration open
March 23-25, 2021 – Conference

We expect that the conference will take place in Kassel. We are aware that the
situation might change, depending on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic. The
organizers therefore will remain open to digital participation options for
keynotes as well as paper presenters.

Organizers and Contact
The conference is organized by Gender/Diversity in Informatics Systems
Research Group (GeDIS) and Research Center for Information System Design
(ITeG), University of Kassel, Germany. If you have any questions, please email
us at

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