[Air-L] CfP: Outlaw innovation and the invention of the outlaw (EASST panel D04)

maxigas maxigas at anargeek.net
Thu Feb 1 18:18:45 PST 2018

CfP: Outlaw innovation and the invention of the outlaw
EASST 2018, 25-28th July 2018, Lancaster University, UK
Convenors: Johan Söderberg (Göteborg University) & Maxigas (Lancaster University)

Deadline for submissions: February 14th 2018.

Submit abstracts and contact the conveners at:

We would like to invite you to submit abstracts to our panel at EASST 2018

The panel investigates innovation processes driven by antagonistic relations between actors
on both sides of the law. We invite case studies of how mutual hostilities between actors are
pursued through technological change, whereby each actor seeks to gain an edge against their
adversary. Three empirical fields that exemplify this dynamic are the surge of legal highs,
information security and crypto-currencies. More examples of the same thing can be found in
other fields of empirical investigation and suit this panel. What we will examine under the
label of "outlaw innovation" is how conflict breeds innovation. Related to this is an
awareness of the tenuous relation between legislation and innovation. The "outlaw" is just
another word for an innovator. Concurrently, however, capitalism strives relentlessly to
subsume and integrate its own outside, turning this unknown into innovation and new markets.
>From this observation follows that the purported outsider position ascribed to various
grassroots innovators, users, etc., must be scrutinized. States, capital and academic actors
work in conjunction with these outlawed/independent researchers to produce a shared language
of common concerns around risks and opportunities inherent in technological innovation, such
as in the Tor project. The legal grey zone thus emerges as an incubator of innovation for
legal businesses. We encourage paper submissions utilizing diverse theoretical approaches and
a wide range of case studies to explore the concept of the "outlaw innovator".

Maxigas, kiberpunk
FA00 8129 13E9 2617 C614 0901 7879 63BC 287E D166
Lecturer in Critical Digital Media Practice
Center for Science Studies
Department of Sociology
Lancaster University


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