[Air-L] Graduate Student Workshop: Values in Computer and Information System Design

Michael Zimmer michael.zimmer at yale.edu
Wed Dec 19 15:00:12 PST 2007

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Call for Applications

Graduate Student Workshop: Values in Computer and Information System  
Center for Science, Technology and Society
Santa Clara University
August 8-16 2008

Workshop Directors:

Geoffrey C. Bowker, Santa Clara University

Helen Nissenbaum, New York University

Workshop Details:

We invite applications for a one week NSF sponsored workshop on  
emerging approaches to the study of values in computer and  
information systems. Funding is available to help support students’  
travel, accommodation, and subsistence. Workshop goals include:

·     Deepening understanding of technology in relation to social,  
moral, political and cultural values.
·     Creating new opportunities for collaborations among researchers  
and scholars (current and future).
·     Revealing relevant cross-cutting literatures, approaches, and  
·     Promoting the development of collegial networks among  
established scholars and students.

Students will cover a diverse canon of works on technology and  
values, and design and design methodologies promoting a broad  
understanding of what “good” systems are.  Guest faculty, including  
major theorists and design practitioners, will lead discussions and  
share their own work.

On Saturday August 16, students will present their work at a public  
conference to a panel made up of industry and academic experts, who  
will comment on their presentations.  There will also be two keynote  

Who should apply?

Students working toward a Ph.D., or equivalent professional degree,  
in information science, media and communications, sociology,  
management, policy, law, STS, computer science and engineering, and  
philosophy.  Applicants should have completed (or nearly completed)  
course requirements and be on the path toward an independent project  
(dissertation or other) related to the central themes of the  
Workshop. We are striving for diversity of backgrounds,  
methodologies, and geographic origin.

Please send: CV, 2-page project description, and letter of  
recommendation (under separate cover) from a faculty member. CV  
should mention relevant coursework, work, design, or system-building  
experience. In a cover letter, applicants should mention potential  
funding sources and needs.

Send queries or materials to:

Geoffrey C. Bowker
Center for Science, Technology and Society
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053-0470
gbowker at scu.edu

Applications close: 15 January, 2008
Awards will be announced: 29 February, 2008


This workshop is made possible by NSF Science of Design Grant: CNS  

Michael Zimmer, PhD
Microsoft Fellow, Information Society Project
Yale Law School
e: michael.zimmer at yale.edu
w: http://michaelzimmer.org

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