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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, USA.

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 intra-connectedness.

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 – Conference INFO COVID-19

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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