[Air-L] CFP - Algorithms for Her? International Conference at King's College, London

Sophie Helen Bishop sophiehelenbishop at gmail.com
Mon Sep 30 06:15:55 PDT 2019

“Algorithms for her? feminist approaches to digital infrastructures,
cultures and economies”

January 17th 2020 - King’s College London

10am-5pm followed by a wine reception

Our daily lives are increasingly governed by algorithmic processes of
selection, identification and discrimination.This international symposium
focuses on the intersectional forms of injustice that algorithms – and the
systems in which they are embedded – help to  propagate and sustain. Given
the significance and ubiquity of such processes in everyday life, and their
disproportionate effects on those marginalised across intersections of
gender, sexuality, class and race, this event will create a dedicated space
for the discussion of algorithmic forms of oppression and inequality.

Algorithms for Her? seeks  to support the synthesis of in-depth analysis of
algorithms – together with their functions and entanglements – with
critical feminist works that meaningfully examine the production and ethics
of bias. "Newness" is often fetishised in analyses of digital culture. The
approaches sidelined by this fetishisation are often those by women and
scholars of colour, who struggle to have their contributions included in
dominant canons of thought. In some areas of scholarship we may be reaching
‘peak algorithm’ but relatively few studies can meaningfully be called
inclusive, reflective or feminist.

This symposium seeks to give platform to perspectives on algorithms and
algorithmic culture that are under-represented in the academy. We welcome
both traditional conference presentations (15 minutes in length) and
creative alternatives such as performances or artistic interventions.

We invite contributions related to any of the following areas:

 - Intersectional feminist work critically examining platforms and their
economies/ approaches to machine learning,content moderation and algorithms
(broadly defined).

- Intersectional feminist work examining software/tools/app design and

- Intersectional feminist work on platform labour and inequalities.

- Feminist methodologies for studying and teaching algorithms and the
ethical questions they raise.

- Industry/nonprofit cases of addressing discrimination/bias sustained by
and 'within' technologies.

Keynote Speakers

*Professor Bev Skeggs,* Distinguished Professor at Lancaster University and
Academic Advisor at London School of Economics International Inequalities

*Dr Taina Bucher,* Associate Professor at the University of Oslo.

Keynote roundtable and Practitioners

*Dr Joanne Armitage*, University of Leeds / *Dr Ysabel Gerrard*, The
University of Sheffield /* Dr Francesca Sobande*, Journalism, Media and
Culture at Cardiff University / *Dr Antonina Puchkovskaia*, IMTO University
in St Petersburg, Russia

*Please send proposals of 300 words along with a 50 word bio
to algorithmsforher at gmail.com <algorithmsforher at gmail.com> by 30th October
2019. *

A small number of travel bursaries will be available for early career
researchers who do not have recourse to institutional funds. If you would
like to be considered for a bursary, please add a short (100 words)
paragraph to your proposal explaining why you are eligible. Given that
these bursaries are limited, please only apply if you have no other funding

Dr Sophie Bishop
www.sophiebishop.co.uk | @sophiehbishop

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