[Humanist] 29.541 pubs: technology & the environment cfp

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 29, No. 541.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Thu, 10 Dec 2015 01:40:04 +0000
        From: "Ensmenger, Nathan" <nensmeng at indiana.edu>
        Subject: CFP: Information Technology and the Environment

Rebecca Slayton and I are co-editing a special issue of Information & Culture on information technology and the environment.  Here is the call for papers.  Please do pass it along to colleagues, students, and anyone else you think it doing relevant research!



Call for Papers: Information Technology and the Environment

Information technology has long played an important role in structuring relationships between humans and their environment. In recent decades, digital information and communications technologies have been heralded as the key to cutting carbon emissions through “smart” electric power grids, improved supply chain management, and other cybernetic visions. Computerized models and sensors have shaped and transformed ways of representing and intervening in the natural world, from efforts to study and manage localized eco-systems, to global climate modeling and proposals for geoengineering. While many environmentalists view computing as a key to protecting the natural environment, others have underscored the environmental damage done through global practices of mining, production, and waste disposal in the computing industry. This special issue aims to deepen understanding of the historically contingent and changing ways that information technology medicates between social and natural worlds. 

We invite submissions of papers that address the role of information and communications technologies in structuring human and social experience of the environment in any historical period, including the contemporary one.  Information and communications technologies are broadly defined and may include non-digital and non-electronic systems. We are particularly interested in papers responding to the following questions:

1)            Has the digital turn in environmental studies transformed conceptions of local and global environment, and if so how?
2)            How should we weigh environmentally-friendly uses of ICT against the significant levels of natural exploitation and waste by the global ICT industry?
3)            How has the late modern environmental movement influenced the production and use of information technology?

Target dates

To propose a paper for inclusion in the special issue, please submit a short abstract (500 words or less) to rs849 at cornell.edu by January 7, 2016.
Full papers will be peer-reviewed by at least two external reviewers, and will be due for review by April 30, 2016.

Authors may be invited to present their research at a workshop in the summer of 2016.

Final papers that are accepted for publication will be due for copyediting by December 1 2016.

Rebecca Slayton
Assistant Professor, Cornell University
Department of Science & Technology Studies
Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies
Uris 130C, Ithaca, NY 14853

Nathan Ensmenger
Associate Professor of Informatics
School of Informatics and Computing
Indiana University, Bloomington
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