[Air-L] LaborTech Inaugural Book & Graduate Student Paper Awards

Tammy Katsabian tammyk4 at gmail.com
Sat Apr 1 07:39:43 PDT 2023

Labor Tech Research Network
<https://www.labortechresearchnetwork.org/> (LaborTech)
invites submissions for our second annual Book and Graduate Student Paper
Awards, and first annual Social Justice Award.

*About Us*
LaborTech is an interdisciplinary and transnational group of experts
concerned with the intersection of technology and labor. We aim to reframe
conversations about technology and labor towards issues of power,
inequality, and social justice, and incorporate themes of feminism,
anti-racism, and transnationalism. We also seek to foster an
interdisciplinary, cross-regional, and community-oriented space for
discussion, collaboration, and empowerment. For a deeper discussion of our
mission, please see the 'About Us'
<http://labortechresearchnetwork.org/index.php/about-us/> page on our
website as well as examples of topics in our decade-long Speaker Series

*Call for Nominations*
As part of our mission to promote scholarship and activism towards more
equitable forms of labor and technology, LaborTech is announcing a call for
three awards -- Book, Graduate Student Paper, and Social Justice.  These
will honor projects which:
- have distinctive intellectual merit or activist impact;
- advance the knowledge about labor and technology in the global society;
- address our core focus on labor and technology and which may
simultaneously address feminism, anti-racism, and/or transnationalism.

*Eligibility:  Works from all disciplines and methodologies are eligible
for nomination. Nominations are open to members and non-members of
LaborTech.  We welcome self-nominations especially, but also nominations
from publishers, colleagues, and others familiar with the projects.  We
encourage submissions from women, people of color, queer communities, and
those from the global south.*

*Prizes:  Winners receive a small cash award and a certificate (which we
hope to expand further in years ahead, as we are still a growing nonprofit
organization :).  In addition, we offer our infrastructural supports at
LaborTech to promote visibility of your projects:  by connecting with our
400+ expert members; by making a video of winners and distributing it both
in and outside of our network to enhance public attention and exposure; and
by creating a space and opportunity for sharing your work at out end of
year virtual celebration.  Winners will be announced in December.*

*Deadline and Contact:  The deadline for submissions is July 1, 2023.  Send
questions to labortechresearchnetwork at gmail.com
<labortechresearchnetwork at gmail.com>.  See below for separate criteria and
instructions for the various awards.*

*Book and Graduate Student Paper Awards*
*Submission Details:*
Please submit the following items in English to
labortechresearchnetwork at gmail.com:
1. An electronic version in PDF format (contact us if only print form is
available for books)
2. The author's contact email address
3.  A one-page nomination letter stating the significance and contribution
of the work
4.  For Graduate Student Paper, please also include in the cover letter:
a) when the PhD was started and, if applicable, granted
b) if the paper was published, then state when and in what journal
c) if co-authored with faculty/advisors/other PhDs, please include a
paragraph attesting to the student's dominant role in generating the paper
(such as working on its theoretical components, doing the research, and
writing it up). In addition, we ask that the cover letter is signed
(digitally, or otherwise) by all co-authors, so that they are aware of this

*Book Award Criteria:*
- Monographs only (no edited volumes or anthologies)
- Multiple authors accepted
- Published in the last three years (2021-23)

*Graduate Student Paper Award Criteria:*
- Written by students currently enrolled in a graduate program or who have
graduated in 2023
- Single-authored pieces are preferred, but co-authored pieces will be
accepted with the above conditions in Submission Details
- Papers may be published within the last three years (2021-23) or
- Page length: 25-40 pages, double-spaced

*Social Justice Award *
*Submission details:*
- Fill out this online form
which includes a few short questions of 400-700 words each, regarding the
significance and contribution of your social justice activities
- Please submit all items in English.  If you have a submission in another
language, contact us and we'll attempt to find a translator in our group.

- Those who are interfacing with technology in the course of their
organizing, or who are organizing against inequitable technologies, in the
context of labor, feminism, anti-racism, transnationalism struggles.  This
may include:

   - tech workers
   - labor organizers, whether in unions or other workers' associations
   - feminist, immigrant, community, and ethnic rights activists
   - scholar-activists.  For this, we are not looking for purely academic
   work (i.e., scholars who are studying activism), but rather those who are
   participating in activism themselves, or who are promoting collaborations
   between activists and scholars.
   - people creating design alternatives for social justice, like engineers
   and designers

- Open to individuals, small groups, and if appropriate, organizations

- Focus will be on a particular campaign or project that is done with the
aim of social justice regarding labor and/or technology.  These projects
may be broad (such as educating the public on a social justice issue) or
specific (such as organizing a protest for higher wages).  They may use a
variety of strategies (e.g., art, design, social media, marches and
strikes, policy interventions, etc.).  We'd like to honor activists who,
through these projects, have developed novel approaches or who are pioneers
in the fight for more equitable relations of technology and/or labor.

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