[Humanist] 27.435 events: critical theory; critical questioning

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 27, No. 435.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Sierra Eckert <seckert1 at swarthmore.edu>                   (45)
        Subject: Call for Papers: "Play. Power. Production." Undergraduate
                Research Conference

  [2]   From:    Delia Dumitrica <dddumitr at ucalgary.ca>                    (81)
        Subject: CFP: Digital Technologies and Social Transformations: What
                Role for Critical Theory?

        Date: Tue, 15 Oct 2013 09:03:19 -0400
        From: Sierra Eckert <seckert1 at swarthmore.edu>
        Subject: Call for Papers: "Play. Power. Production." Undergraduate Research Conference

*Re:Humanities* is the first national digital humanities conference of, for,
and by undergraduates, now in its fourth year. 

Our theme for Re:Humanities 2014 is “Play. Power. Production.” The
Re:Hum Working Group, comprised of students from Haverford, Bryn Mawr, and
Swarthmore Colleges, seeks undergraduates who engage with contemporary
currents in digital humanities, scholars who both apply digital
methodologies in traditional humanities research while posing critical
humanities questions about those technologies. We invite undergraduates who
will think interdisciplinarily, theorizing relationships between new digital
technologies and the webs of power and access that surround them. The
Working Group welcomes submissions of criticism and projects at all stages
of development, with the understanding that a substantial amount of research
will be accumulated to present at the conference at Haverford College, April
3-4, 2014. Keynote Speakers will include Mary Flanagan, the Sherman
Fairchild Distinguished Professor in Digital Humanities at Dartmouth
College, and Adeline Koh, Assistant Professor of Literature at Richard
Stockton College and founder of #DHPoco.

We encourage proposals that are concerned with but not limited to:

- Postcolonial Studies, Queer Studies and New Media Studies.- Criticism of New Media Technologies.
- Collaboration and Solidarity in the Digital Humanities.
- Game Analysis, Design and Play.
- Digital Production and “Maker” Culture.
- Performance and Affect in Participatory Media
- Appropriation Culture: Theory and Practice.
- Global and Transnational Perspectives on the Digital Humanities.

Students selected to present will receive a small award to defray travel
costs. Lodging will be arranged at no cost to participants.

The submission deadline is *December 1, 2013* (Midnight GMT) and decisions
will be announced before the new year.

All submissions must include your name, institution, a short biography of
2-3 sentences, and a titled description of your project (maximum 700
words). Send a .doc/.docx, .pdf or .jpg file to
rehumanities[at]gmail.com<rehumanities at gmail.com>.
(We are happy to accommodate you if your submission requires a different
format. In this case, please contact us at least seven days in advance of
the due date).

We look forward to your participation!
* *
*The Re:Humanities 2014 Working Group*

Sierra Eckert
Swarthmore College '14

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        Date: Tue, 15 Oct 2013 15:15:38 +0000
        From: Delia Dumitrica <dddumitr at ucalgary.ca>
        Subject: CFP: Digital Technologies and Social Transformations: What Role for Critical Theory?
        In-Reply-To: <mailman.1.1381831205.16459.catac at philo.at>

CFP: Digital Technologies and Social Transformations: What Role for
Critical Theory?

Special Issue of the Canadian Journal of Communication

Guest Editors: Delia Dumitrica and Sally Wyatt

In the past two decades, social research on the role of digital
technologies in contemporary transformations has increasingly emerged as a
disciplinary field in its own right. This has entailed a shift away from
optimistic accounts of the alleged potential of these technologies to
address social problems and alleviate inequalities, to a more nuanced
understanding of the mutual shaping of digital technologies and existing
social structures. Calls for recuperating the role of critical theory in
understanding digital technologies (e.g. Feenberg 1991, 1999; Fuchs 2008,
2009) have emphasized the need to develop and refine suitable conceptual
and methodological tools.

The aim of this special issue is to map the use of critical theory in
research on digital technologies. These technologies are often lauded for
their capacity to harness creativity and knowledge, and proposed as a
quick fix to the challenges and shortcomings of traditional hierarchies of
power. Critical theory has emerged as an effort to constantly relate
reflection on social aspects to existing configurations of power. The
special issue brings together current research seeking to relate
interpretation of digital technologies to power relations. The notion of
power remains, of course, a notoriously problematic one; from its Marxist
definition as (class) oppression to the post-structural (Foucaultian)
power/knowledge pair, the common thrust of critical approaches has been to
expose inequity and create conceptual and material spaces where more fair
and egalitarian social arrangements can be imagined and enacted.

Authors are encouraged to reflect on the role of power, in all its
aspects, in their approach to digital technologies. We welcome a diverse
approach to critical theory, including (but not restricted to) the
traditional Marxist framework developed by the Frankfurt School, as well
as subsequent revisions stemming from post-structuralism, postmodernism,
feminism, queer theory, postcolonialism and indigenous epistemologies. We
are also particularly interested in approaches that draw upon Canadian
traditions, such as those inspired by the work of McLuhan, Smythe, Mosco,
etc. Submissions should directly engage with the question of power, either
in terms of conceptualizing technology or in terms of reflecting on
technology’s role in social transformations.

We invite authors to submit papers exploring this problematic with
reference to diverse themes and cases, including, but not limited to
studies of:

- Digital technologies and democratic/economic empowerment (e.g.
destabilizing authoritarian regimes; alleviating the democratic deficit;
including marginalized or disenfranchised groups; new forms of politics,
- Digital technologies and the state (e.g. security; cybercrime; public
policy; governance, etc.);
- Digital technologies and power in everyday life (e.g. cyber-identity;
sociability; social ties; social capital; networks; mundane Panopticism;
- Digital technologies and relations of production (e.g. immaterial labor;
knowledge creation/mobilization; big data; cloud computing; cultural
production; etc.);
- Digital technologies in social sciences (e.g. critical thinking; modes
of learning; evaluation and monitoring of scholarly labor, gamification,

Extended abstracts (600 words) will be accepted until December 1, 2013.
Abstracts should explicitly discuss how the role of power/ critical theory
will be addressed in the context of the respective argument/ case. Please
include a prospective title, 5-7 keywords and a short bio-note about
yourself. We welcome abstracts in either English or French.

The editors will review the abstracts and invite submission of full-length
papers (7,000 – 9,000 words) for blind peer-review. An invitation to
submit a full-length paper is not a guarantee that the paper will be
accepted, and all articles will undergo a peer-review process. Deadline
for the submission of full-length papers: March 1, 2014.

To submit your abstract, or for any further queries regarding this special
issue, please contact the issue editors directly: cjcissue at ucalgary.ca

All submissions should follow the Canadian Journal of Communication
submission guidelines: http://www.cjc-online.ca/submissions

Works Cited

Feenberg, Andrew. (1991). Critical Theory of Technology. Oxford University

Feenberg, Andrew. (1999). Questioning Technology. Routledge.

Fuchs, Christian. (2009). Information and communication technologies &
society: A contribution to the critique of the political economy of the
Internet. European Journal of Communication, 24 (1): 69-87

Fuchs, Christian (2009). A contribution to theoretical foundations of
critical media and communication studies. Javnost – The Public, 16(2):


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