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Instructions (Technology and Language Call for Contributions)

The third issue of Technology and Language has just appeared, and with it a new call for contributions. Individual papers and the whole issue are freely available:

"Forensic Examinations: Terms and Techniques" – not from the point of view of semiotics and a theory of traces but by way of forensics scientists who consider the dimensions of “technology and language” in their empirical research. (Also, four contributed papers with topics ranging from the philosophical reflection of language as technology and molecular writing to a psychological theory of the regulation of human behavior in a digital environment, and finally the didactic value of plurilingual courses in University curricula).

New Call for Contributions: Instructions. Do technical processes unfold as instructed in that they execute a program or in that their parts perform prescribed motions? But what is a program anyhow, be it a computer program or the program of a musical concert or wedding - or is the notion of ‚instruction‘ too narrow here? Can the blueprint for a device be compared to the notation of a choreography? Inversely, do technologies instruct the behavior of users in that they establish a script which users need to follow? - And what is instruction in the first place: Does the case, for example, of language instruction follow a technical paradigm as well? The June 2022 special issue of „Technology and Language“ will be dedicated to these  questions. Inquiries are welcome now, the final deadline for submissions is February 15, 2022. (Guest editors: Jens Geisse and Marcel Siegler)

Technology and Language invites interdisciplinary explorations at the interface of technology and language - contributed papers in English or Russian are welcome at any time. Other calls:

Technology and the Media Environment of the Information Society (expressions of interests until July 23, 2021): Social networks and communication systems, new modes of reading and writing stand for the disruptive effects of digital and cyber-technologies on practices of communication and expression not only in the internet but also in traditional media. Possible topics include 1) nudging, disinformation, and technologies for the manipulation of behavior and consciousness, 2) the digital language of intelligent environments, 3) information technologies in social engineering environments and technocracies, 4) cognitive technology and sociolinguistic practice. (Guest editor: Olga Shipunova)

Technology as Language - Understanding Action in a Technical Condition (Deadline: September 21, 2021): The philosophy of technology and language meets theories of action. Actions are understood in reference to reasons and causes which are formed in a social setting. The hermeneutics of action takes on a further dimension, however, when technical agency and technological activity are brought into play. Of particular interest are the symbols and tools of labor as knowledge is translated into action. Another focus is on technology and semiosis or the technical generation of the signs and sign systems that structure and constrain action – especially interesting and problematic in the age of self-learning technical systems. (Guest editor: Alexander Nesterow)

Robot Constructions (Deadline January 10, 2022: The word) "robot" is a Czech invention. As the word traveled to English speaking areas and from there to other languages and cultures, did the robot on this journey become something else? For robots and AI, more generally, we want to explore how they are imagined, defined, described, comprehended, constructed or even misunderstood  before and after they become a technological reality – how they are constituted in language, how cosmopolitan or intercultural they are. We are hoping for contributions from linguistics, philosophy, cultural and gender studies, history of technology, STS, and literature. (Guest editor: CHENG Lin)

Queries, suggestions, and submissions can be addressed to or to Daria Bylieva (  and Alfred Nordmann (

-- Alfred Nordmann

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