[Air-L] REMINDER: CFP deadline approaching for a Convergence Special Issue on "Critical Technical Practice(s) in Digital Research"

van Geenen, Daniela Daniela.vGeenen at uni-siegen.de
Fri Feb 26 00:52:39 PST 2021

Hi everyone,

There is one week left to submit an abstract for the Special Issue on "Critical Technical Practice(s) in Digital Research" that I’m guest editing together with Dr. Karin van Es (Utrecht University) and Dr. Jonathan Gray (Kings College London) for Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies.

Please consider submitting an abstract and spread the word!

Information on the CFP:
The criticism of knowledge technologies has a long tradition in science and technology studies (STS), feminist studies and media studies approaches often addressing the ways in which technologies frame epistemic processes in scientific and technical settings (e.g. Latour, 1987; Latour and Woolgar, 1979; Haraway, 1988 and 1997; Chun, 2011; Galloway, 2012; Manovich, 2013). Knowledge technologies are not just the preserve of natural scientists and engineers, but also present in a wide variety of everyday and professional settings –including social and cultural research, in particular, in critical approaches to ‘Big Data’ and algorithmic systems. Importantly, these tools frame how we approach our objects and sites of study; they are not neutral, but active mediators impacting the ways knowledge is produced and disseminated.
This special issue explores the contemporary relevance of the notion of ‘critical technical practice’ (Agre, 1997a) to digital research in the humanities and social sciences including internet studies, critical data studies (e.g. Iliadis and Russo, 2016), critical algorithm studies (Gillespie and Seaver, 2016), and software studies (e.g. Rieder, 2020). Philip Agre (1997a and b) coined the notion of critical technical practice (CTP) in his work on artificial intelligence, proposing the challenge of having ‘one foot planted in the craft work of design and the other foot planted in the reflexive work of critique’ (Agre, 1997b: p. 155). The issue aims to bring together, advance, and reflect on recent work on the relevance of critical technical practice(s) for scholarship, pedagogy, and public engagement around digital devices and computational tools in the context of social and cultural research. It takes up recent calls advocating the relevance of such approaches to tool development, research, and education in cultural and social studies in order to approach digital media as both objects and instruments of investigation (e.g. Dieter, 2014; Gray, Bounegru, Milan, and Ciuccarelli, 2016; Gray and Bounegru, forthcoming; Rieder & Röhle, 2012 and 2017; Van Es, Wieringa, Schäfer, 2018; Van Geenen, 2018 and 2020).
The editors welcome contributions from a range of disciplinary perspectives that explore questions such as:

  *   How can researchers organise critical inquiry with and about such digital tools, methods, and data collections?
  *   How can devices such as network graphs, spreadsheets, scrapers, APIs, machine-learning tools, and code libraries be repurposed in cultural and social research, with a critical sensibility towards their genealogies and sociocultural lives?
  *   How can methods be taken as sites of experimentation around the composition of collective life, between research and other areas of practice (e.g. activism, education, journalism, or policy)?

Important dates:
Deadline for abstracts: 7 March 2021
Full paper submission: 2 August 2021
Expected date of publication: April 2022

Abstract submission:
Please send a 500-word abstract and a 100-word bio to the guest editors: daniela.vgeenen at uni-<mailto:daniela.vgeenen at uni-siegen.de>siegen.de<mailto:daniela.vgeenen at uni-siegen.de>,  k.f.vanes at uu.nl<mailto:k.f.vanes at uu.nl> and jonathan.gray at kcl.ac.uk<mailto:jonathan.gray at kcl.ac.uk>

The official CFP can also be found here: https://journals.sagepub.com/pb-assets/Convergence_Special%20Issue_CTP%20in%20Digital%20Research.pdf

For questions please don’t hesitate to contact me or one of the other guest editors!

All the best!

Daniela van Geenen | PhD Candidate | Media of Cooperation, University of Siegen | Herrengarten 3, AH-306

OUT NOW: our CFP for a CONVERGENCE Special Issue on "Critical Technical Practice(s) in Digital Research” | Deadline for abstracts: 7 March 2021 | w/ Dr. Karin van Es & Dr. Jonathan Gray | https://tinyurl.com/CTPinDigitalResearch


Van Geenen, D. (2020). Critical Affordance Analysis for Digital Methods: The Case of Gephi. In M. Burkhardt, M. Shnayien, & K. Grashöfer (Eds.), Explorations in Digital Cultures. meson press. http://doi.org/10.14619/1716

Van Geenen, D. & Wieringa, M. (2020). Approaching data visualizations as interfaces: An empirical demonstration of how data are imag(in)ed. In Engebretsen, M., & Kennedy, H. (Eds.), Data Visualization in Society. Amsterdam University Press. https://www.aup.nl/en/book/9789463722902/data-visualization-in-society

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