[Humanist] 28.358 events: computer culture

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 28, No. 358.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2014 12:06:57 -0400
        From: natasha chuk <natychuk at gmail.com>
        Subject: CFP: Computer Culture (SWPACA Conference, February 11-14, 2015)

*Call for Papers: Computer Culture Area*

36th Annual Southwest Popular / American Culture Association Conference

February 11-14, 2015

Hyatt Regency, Albuquerque, NM


PROPOSAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Saturday, November 1, 2014

Proposals for papers are now being accepted for the area of Computer
Culture, as one of the many areas within the 36th annual conference of the
Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA). Please consider

This year’s conference theme is:

Many Faces, Many Voices: Intersecting Borders in Popular and American

COMPUTER is broadly defined as any computational device, whether smartphone
or abacus, and any form of information technology, including the origins of
concepts of interactive text which may predate computational devices as
traditionally conceived.

CULTURE is rooted in the concept of cultural meaning. We ask not just
operational questions such as, "How do people communicate using computers?"
but questions of meaning such as, "What does it mean when people
communicate using computers instead of using pre-computer approaches to
communication?" Along these lines, we are interested in communication as
well as creative practices/applications and how computer technologies shape

"Computer Culture" can be understood in a variety of ways:

   - the culture of the computer, that is, as computers interact with each other, what culture do they have of their own?

   - the culture around the computer, that is, (sub)cultures associated with the production, maintenance, use, and destruction of computers

   - the culture through the computer, that is, explicit treatment of how computer mediation influences cultural phenomena that exist or has existed in forms that did not involve computer mediation, and what these influences mean

   - the culture by the computer, that is, the ways in which new (sub)cultures or (sub)cultural phenomena have arisen because of computers and understandings of these given awareness of the nature and/or workings of computers


Visit http://journaldialogue.org  http://www.journaldialogue.org/  for information about the organization's new, peer-reviewed journal, Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy.

Please pass along this call to friends and colleagues.

For consideration, submit 100-200 word abstracts and proposals for panels before Saturday, November 1, 2014 to the conference’s electronic submission system which can be found at:


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